SMD Symposium: Filling the wide range of needs for the military

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - It's the last day for the Space and Missile Defense Symposium at the Von Braun Center South Hall.

One thing all the companies had in common: They are all there to service the military. Their wide range of products proves that.

Companies go to a lot of trouble to have attractive display booths. Some of the gear is cutting edge, while others are a bit more basic - like the instrument masts sold by Conact, a company that is a regular fixture at the symposium.

"Well, we have some of our most important customers here. The, Northrup Grumman is one of them, and of course Redstone Arsenal is a very, very important customer...the Missile Defense Agency," says Tim Price, founder of Conact.

His masts are made in Finland and customized with instruments in America. It's a product that provides jobs and fills a need.

"It's like anything else," says Price. "If there's an opportunity, someone will find it, and chase after it and a lot of people will create opportunities. By coming up with ideas which will help the soldier which people haven't thought of before. That's the important part of our business."

Of course, Price's company is there to be seen, but also to network.  "Certainly I like to go around at some stage and take a close look at what's going on. And, obviously if there is a new idea that could be applicable, then we'll use it. Yeah."