DoD Maintenance Symposium

December 17-20, 2018

Tampa, Florida, USA

Tampa Convention Center


Opportunities Abound - Plan to attend the 2018 DoD Maintenance Symposium.

The Symposium will feature dynamic keynote speakers addressing key issues and the implementation of the National Defense Strategy. Plenary panel discussions will include illuminating discussions addressing logistics reform, heath of the industrial base, and weapon system sustainment in the acquisition cycle. Breakout sessions will focus on key enablers and topics to improve the nation’s fight forces’ lethal, competitive edge. Participate alongside of military, government, industry, and academia members, at this world-class event. Make plans to attend now!

Who Attends

  • Government and industry maintenance managers of all ranks and levels
  • Defense logistics and resource managers
  • Military and civilian maintainers, including executives, supervisors, technicians, and international counterparts
  • Program managers involved in life-cycle and product support
  • Production, process, and information systems specialists
  • Researchers and product development representatives
  • Commercial maintainers and product support providers
  • Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)
  • Engineers—maintenance, in-service, and process/industrial professionals who contribute to effective DoD maintenance operations

In addition, the DoD Maintenance Symposium is co-located with the Defense Maintenance and Logistics Exhibition.

This is a unique opportunity to shape the future of DoD maintenance—make plans now to attend!

To gain further insight into the event, view the 2017 symposium videos and presentations.

Attire Guidance

Civilians: Business attire is appropriate for both the DoD Maintenance Symposium and Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards banquet and ceremony.

Military Members: Please refer to the following table for appropriate military attire.

ServiceDoD Maintenance SymposiumMaintenance Awards Banquet and ReceptionSpeakers and Panelists
ArmyClass "B" Class "A"Class "B"
NavyService Khaki E1-E6: Service Uniform Service Dress BluesService Khaki E1-E6: Service Uniform
Marine CorpsService "B" (service sweater or tanker jacket optional)Service "A" (ribbons and badges)Service "B" (service sweater or tanker jacket optional)
Air ForceBlue shirt combinationService DressBlue shirt combination (Long Sleeve Shirt with Tie/Tie Tab)
Coast GuardTropical Blue LongService Dress BlueTropical Blue Long

Emergency Procedures During This Event

During this event attendees are to follow the established emergency guidelines of the facility where the emergency occurs. Based on the location of the incident, report emergencies to the nearest venue representative and/or security personnel if available, or report to the operations office onsite.

Should a catastrophic event occur, attendees should follow the safety and security instructions issued by the facility at the time of the event. This includes listening for instructions provided through the public address system and following posted evacuation routes if required.

In case of an emergency, or a major disruption to the schedule of the event, attendees and exhibitors may call the below number to receive updated information on the status of the event. Updates will also be provided via the SAE website at and event mobile app.

SAE Emergency Hotline