Force Protection Equipment Demonstration set for May

Over 575 exhibitors will demonstrate over 3,000 commercial off-the-shelf technologically advanced products at the federally produced Force Protection Equipment Demonstration VIII at Northern Virginia’s Stafford Regional Airport, 40 miles south of Washington, DC, from May 17 through May 19.

The theme of the convention is “Force Protection through Integrated Physical Security Solutions.”

There are 20 different equipment and systems categories for the manufacturers’ product demonstrations, including items that can reduce vulnerability of personnel, equipment and infrastructure to threats like car bombs, chemical and biological agents, and improvised explosive devices, among others.

The equipment will be of types that can be employed in domestic settings or combat environments and all items must be available for testing and procurement within 90 days after FPED VIII.

Only commercial off-the-shelf equipment that is designed to meet anti-terrorist requirements, current and evolving force protection needs, and the demands of a growing broad range of challenges faced by first responders to terrorist strikes will be demonstrated.

The series was initiated by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff after the bombing at the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia in 1996. It is held in Northern Virginia every two years. Those in response and security positions are encouraged to register and attend to see the latest tools available in the industry. The event is not open to the general public.