International Trade Shows

The Strategic Outreach Division (STO) leads the Department of Defense’s (DoD) participation in international trade shows. Once the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy approves DoD participation in international trade shows, STO coordinates with the Offices of the Under Secretaries of Defense for Policy and Acquisition and Sustainment, Geographic Combatant Commands, Military Departments, Departments of State and Commerce, U.S. embassies abroad, and defense industry to integrate DoD support into broader U.S. government interagency efforts.

International defense trade shows include events that are held outside the United States that are organized primarily for the sale of aerospace and other defense products.  DoD participation includes:   

  • The static display or demonstration of equipment (aerial or live)

  • Personnel tasked with the support and security of defense equipment provided to the show

  • Senior DoD leadership that travel to the trade show for the explicit purpose of promoting U.S. defense products, meeting with U.S. industry leadership, meeting with foreign defense leadership, or fulfilling an official role as a speaker or panel members

DSCA also sponsors, at select trade shows, a DoD Security Cooperation exhibit which serves to educate the general public about the Security Cooperation mission, workforce, and programs.

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Department of Defense Instruction 7230.08, "Leases and Demonstrations of DoD Equipment"