Check back regularly for updates about each show.

The global defense trade show circuit was expected to make a full comeback this year after a coronavirus hiatus. That is, until the fast-spreading delta variant started sowing fresh doubts on which events will take place and in what format.

Here is an overview of some of the remaining year’s biggest events, with information from organizers on what to expect. While much of the information is fluid, most are requiring masks and promising additional cleaning. Stay tuned for some form of vaccination requirements, which continues to be an uneven process for individuals traveling across the Atlantic, for example.

AFA Air, Space & Cyber, National Harbor, Md., Sept. 20-22.

In-person or virtual? This year’s big air warfare gathering is on the books as an in-person affair with a virtual option.

Masks required? The Air Force Association, the event’s organizer, says all attendees must wear masks indoors, except while eating or drinks.

Additional policies: AFA has said Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall authorized in-person attendance for Air Force and Space Force personnel, both military and civilian, if they are fully vaccinated. The association says non-government attendees must present proof of being either fully vaccinated or having tested negative within three days. “Individuals unable to present the required documentation should update their registration to a virtual-only option,” AFA adds. (Updated on Sept. 13)


Modern Day Marine, Quantico, Va., Sept. 21-23.

In-person or virtual? The Marine Corps event was canceled on Aug. 27.


AUSA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., Oct. 11-13.

In-person or virtual? The Association of the United States Army’s premiere exhibit is scheduled to take place as an in-person event at the Washington Convention Center.

Masks required? The District of Columbia has prescribed mask-wearing indoors, which will apply to this event.

Additional policies: AUSA said Sept. 3 that it will require attendees to either be fully vaccinated or have tested negative within the last 72 hours. Attendees will receive a link to upload proof of vaccination.

“The new COVID guidelines are part of the association’s efforts to have a safe in-person event that follows recommendations from the convention center, the District of Columbia government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” AUSA said. (Updated on Sept. 3)


FEINDEF, Madrid, Nov. 3-5.

In-person or virtual? The second installation of the newcomer trade show in Europe aspires to be an in-person event.

Masks required? Masks must be worn at all times, according to the organizer.

Additional policies: The event promises to control the number of visitors allowed into the venue each day. The organizer website says aisles will be one-way, while handshakes will be discouraged. (Updated on Sept. 7)


Dubai Air Show, Nov. 14-18

In-person or virtual? The Dubai Air Show is planned as an in-person event.

Masks required? Masks must be worn at all times, and those who don’t comply will be fined, according to the conference website.

Additional policies: The event website promises temperature screenings and social distancing. Crowd density and venue capacity will be monitored in real time, it says. Handshakes will be discouraged. (Updated on Sept. 16)


I/ITSEC 2021, Orlando, Fla., Nov. 29-Dec. 3

In-person or virtual? The annual Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference is set to be an in-person event.

Masks required? Masks must be worn at all times, according to the conference website.

Additional policies: All attendees are required to attest to their vaccination status, though they do not need to upload their vaccination cards, the website notes. Attendees who are not fully vaccinated or choose not to respond must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three days of arrival, must wear a mask, must physically distance and should not attend if they have symptoms of COVID-19. (Updated on Sept. 16)

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