The second Force Protection Equipment Demonstration will be held May 3-6, 1999, at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. The first such event occurred in September 1997. The event's purpose is to identify and demonstrate material solutions to force protection challenges. The event is sponsored by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology, the Joint Staff Deputy Director for Combating Terrorism (J-34) and the Department of Justice.
Attendees will see a broad selection of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies that address force protection needs. In contrast to typical trade shows, the FPED requires vendors to demonstrate rather than merely display the equipment.
Project Coordinator Michael Toscano said, "this demonstration will be even larger than the first such event when 184 vendors demonstrated more than 400 items of equipment."
The FPED is open to both U.S. and foreign vendors to increase the number and variety of products demonstrated.
Force protection equipment will be demonstrated in two separate areas. Items shown at Marine Corps Air Facility Quantico will include barriers, sensors, fencing systems, personal protective gear, night imaging equipment, explosive detection devices, robotics, access control, communications, ballistic protection, non-lethal weapons and chemical and biological detection and protective equipment. Attendees will be taken by bus to the base firing ranges to watch demonstrations of explosive mitigation products such as fragmentation retention window film, explosive containers, wall fabric, and fragment reduction curtains.
Additional FPED information is available on-line at http://www.csc.com/fped. Those planning to attend can register on-line and see a list of local area lodging facilities.
Point of contact for more information is LtCol. Dave Thurston at (703) 695-7678.