Monday, August 1, 2011

2011 Air & Space Highlights: Continuous Learning Points (CLPs)

The Air & Space Conference is truly THE professional development event, granting a one-of-a-kind experience with a full agenda of speaker sessions, workshops and panels addressing today’s challenges in aerospace. The Conference brings together Air Force leadership, industry experts, academia and current aerospace specialists from around the world giving insight to past, present and future aerospace challenges.

After being in contact with the Air Force's Acquisitions Training Office, we found out that many of this year's Conference sessions qualify toward continuous learning points (CLPs) for acquisitions professionals. Air Force acquisitions professionals can earn 0.5 points per hour, maximum of four points per day and 20 points per year.

Specific sessions that count for CLPs are:

+ Keynote Address Secretary Ashton B. Carter, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics

+ Changing Tradewinds in the Global Economy and Its Impact on the Defense Sector Dr. Nayantara Hensel

+ Innovation of Large Organizations Mr. Bran Ferren

+ Industry Panel Dr. Alton Romig, Mr. Fred Downey and Mr. Chris Chadwick

+ Space Industrial Base Panel Dr. Michael Griffin, Mr. Gary Payton, Mr. Roger Krone, Mr. Mark Valerio and Mr. Jeff Grant

+ Resource Strained Environment Panel Dr. Richard P. Hallion, Dr. Mark J. Lewis, Dr. Werner Dahm and Maj. Gen. Curtis Bedke, USAF Ret.

In addition, the Technology Expo could potentially be included, from which contracting, purchasing or engineering personnel may benefit from the knowledge gained about new products or innovations being exhibited. 

[Please contact the Air Force Acquisition Training Office,, COMM (210) 565-5917, for further guidance. However, other Services must contact their acquisitions departments to see if attendance at AFA’s Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition fulfills their qualifications.]

The full conference agenda can be found on the AFA's website. We hope to see you there!

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