Conference Information

The National Defense University and the Joint Forces Staff College are proud to host the SMH 2021 Annual Conference in Norfolk, Virginia 20-23 May 2021. The Hilton Main in trendy downtown Norfolk is the conference hotel with overflow at the Marriott a block away. Bryon Greenwald, the conference coordinator, has reserved a block of rooms at both hotels ($169/night plus tax). There are several other great hotels within walking distance. We will announce the start for room reservations later this year. More information will be available on the Conference Website.

The cancellation of SMH 2020 in Arlington, VA was an unfortunate, but necessary decision. We are planning to make up for the loss of SMH 2020 with a larger than normal conference in Norfolk. We expect to have as many as 20 panels going simultaneously, including some in the beautiful Slover Library attached to the Main and one at the magnificent MacArthur Memorial located a block away (whose archives will be open, appointments requested). The Conference Task Force will ensure appropriate social distancing during all conference panels and sit-down events. 

Norfolk (and the greater Tidewater area) is home to the world's largest concentration of Navy vessels, the Army Training and Doctrine Command, the Air Force Air Combat Command, the Marine Forces Command, and the NATO Supreme Allied Command-Transformation. Steeped in history, the area affords easy access to the Yorktown Battlefield, the Jamestown settlement, and Colonial Williamsburg. 

Downtown Norfolk has transformed over the last few years into a gastronomical paradise. Within a thousand feet of the hotel, you will have access to 68 restaurants, including the Waterside Dining area featuring several (10) excellent restaurants and over 70 local and top quality taps, 2 the famed Granby Street bistro area, a half-mile of outstanding (49) eateries, brewpubs, and clubs, and the MacArthur Shopping Mall (6 restaurants and a food court).  The Norfolk International Airport (ORF) is a short cab or Uber/Lyft ride away.

For the 2021 SMH Conference landing page, click here.

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