The Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA) is delighted to produce the North American iteration of the Surface Warships Summit. The urgency to participate is based on the United States Presidential focus on meeting the needs of a surge ready naval force. Preparation for an expanded fleet begins with the 2017 Department of Defense Appropriation Bill, which requires the Navy to modernize cruisers. Further, tension at sea and investment in electronic warfare systems by adversaries raises the threat level for deployed fleet.

Join us in Washington, DC this November 1 - 2 as we host Navy Commanders, operators and experts from the acquisition community to prepare for naval expansion. IDGA conducts research to understand the critical nature of the program and values your participation to help advance government operations.

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Meet with strategic leaders in the defense community to Upgrade, Build and Maintain an expanded fleet.

Surface Warships Summit is mission focused, crafted to address the following issues: 

Expectations of fleet growth to 355 ships over the next 10-15 years

Increased tension across the Pacific Ocean as China plans to catch up with U.S. fleet modernization

Rapid pace of electronic warfare upgrades used by adversaries to project power across the sea

Preparation for the 2018 National Security Strategy to be implemented in 2019 budget 

Organizing a surge ready naval force that is trained to operate in modern warfare using advanced systems 

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Restoring force readiness ahead of planned ship-builds


Electronic warfare systems to defend against threats at sea


System upgrades to safeguard shipping lanes


Surge ready ships with a greater lifespan


Ships with space, weight and power allowance for 4+ decades


Align Navy requirements with Federal level planning


International case study on upgrades and new capabilities


Outgun the enemy with combat ship design

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