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SMTAI in Fort Worth Keynoted by Ex-USAF General
Fort Worth, TX — SMTAI 2013 is scheduled for October 13-17, 2013 for the conference, and October 15-16, 2013 for the Exhibition. It is being held at the Fort Worth Convention Center, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Co-located with the SMTAI will be the IPC's Fall Committee Standards Development Meetings from October 12 to 17, 2013. This is an opportunity to contribute to the industry standards and guidelines that your company, customers and suppliers rely on by participating in the IPC Standards Development Committee Meetings. The full schedule for IPC committee meetings is available on the IPC website ( and advance registration is required.

Opening Keynote Session
The opening keynote session of this year's SMTAI will feature Lockheed Martin's Bob D. DuLaney, USAF Major General retired, whose topic will be "F-35 Lightning II: The Centerpiece for 21st Century Global Security". Speaking on Tuesday, October 15 from 8:00 to 9:30am during breakfast, General DuLaney will provide a terrific presentation about the F-35 program.

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th Generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace the A-10 and F-16 for the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18 for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of fighters for at least 10 other countries. Bob DuLaney will provide an overview of the F-35 program detailing the importance of this particular aircraft, current progress on the program, and its economic impact.

Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor, continuing its 100-year history of aircraft research and design with the Lightning II. According to standard industry accepted economic forecasting, the F- 35 is responsible for more than 125,000 direct and indirect jobs, making it the single largest job generator in the Department of Defense program budget. The F-35 program teams with more than 1,400 domestic suppliers in 46 states and Puerto Rico to produce thousands of components from highly sophisticated radar sensors to the aircraft's mid fuselage.

General DuLaney is Senior Manager F-35 Customer Engagement for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Fort Worth, Texas. He joined Lockheed Martin in August 2007 after a 33-year career in the United States Air Force culminating as the USAFE Director of Operations at Ramstein AB, Germany. During his 30-plus years in the USAF he served in various locations throughout the world, including Europe and Asia. Bob is a combat veteran fighter pilot with 4500+ fighter hours in the F-16 and F-4. He has held command at flight, squadron, group, wing and joint task force levels; and served on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon and at North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Bob was born in Dumas, Texas. He attended Texas Tech University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Air Command and Staff College, USAF Fighter Weapons School, and National War College.

Robotics Competition
On the show floor next to the Exhibit Hall Theater SMTA

International is sponsoring the FIRST Robotics Competition this year. After a successful event at the SMTA Atlanta Chapter Expo, SMTA is bringing the competition to an international audience. Dubbed a "Varsity Sport for the Mind", FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It's as close to "real world" engineering as a student can get. Professional Mentors volunteer their time and talents to guide each team.

Contact: SMTA, 5200 Willson Rd., Suite 215, Edina, MN 55424 952-920- 7682 fax: 952-926-1819 Web:

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