2024 Combined Light Armor Survivability Panel (CLASP)

April 23, 2024 - April 24, 2024

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A US M-113 Armored Personnel Carrier sits at 188th Wing Detachment 1 Razorback Range at Fort Chaffee Maneuver Training Center, Arkansas (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Suleski/released).

OVERVIEW: CLASP is a working-level meeting for engineers and technical personnel from science and technology development, system integration, and program management to exchange information on topics related to armor, survivability, lethality, ballistics, and much more. It is an ideal opportunity for technology developers to get direct feedback from platform systems engineers. As such, most of the discussions will be technical. This also provides an opportunity for leading industry and academic research teams to meet with their government counterparts and discuss current programs and issues of interest to the survivability community.

BACKGROUND:  CLASP began in the mid-80s, originally assembled to coordinate light armor activities between the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. During the past ~40 years, CLASP has provided a venue for working-level discussions and expanded to sharing information between government services, industry, and academia in virtually all areas of survivability. Although the name CLASP highlights light armor discussions due to its origin, it is much more today.

MEETING FORMAT:  The meeting will be primarily comprised of technical presentations, up to the SECRET level, each ∼20 min long, with an additional 10 min allotted for questions and answers.

Industry participants are required to brief the technical aspects of an ongoing survivability effort.  This is required to ensure that all participants are contributing to the meeting, the gathering remains a reasonable size, and marketing briefs are eliminated. To industry participants:  be advised that if there are fellow industry participants in the audience who you would rather not have in the room during your presentation, you may request that they leave for the duration of your presentation.  You, the presenter, are solely responsible for any need-to-know restrictions and authorizations required for your presentation.



Registration for the event is required but is not yet complete until security review and industry/academia eligibility for delivering a presentation are confirmed. Registrants who are embedded contractors supporting a Government organization and plan to attend in direct support to their Government customer will not be required to deliver a presentation. After registration we will individually contact each registrant to discuss and confirm attendance eligibility (i.e., security review and industry/academia eligibility).

  • See the Security tab for visit request instructions.
  • Registration is restricted to U.S. citizens only.
  • Industry and academia registration acceptance will depend on presentation approval.
  • Two representatives for each accepted presentation from industry or academia may attend.
  • Government registrants may still attend without presenting.

Cost: Registration is free but there will be a small charge at the door to cover the cost of snacks and refreshments.

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