A few thoughts from AUSA
Posted by John McHale
The Association of the U.S. Army's (AUSA's) annual meeting continues to be one of the best and biggest defense technology exhibitions on the calendar, but I don't think it's getting any bigger -- square-footage wise.
Attendance seemed slightly less, probably due to the poor economy , but the word on the show floor this week in Washington was that the exhibit space at AUSA is frozen till 2011 because they've maxed out the bottom floor of the convention center.
Not surprising when the prime contractor booths are 100-by-100 feet -- needed if you're going to roll out multiple tanks and other armored vehicles.
I'm not complaining, I love the event. On one floor you can pretty much get briefed on technology for practially every Army platform. It's a must attend for a magazine that covers defense technology.
I just have a couple of questions that have nothing to do with technology...
What is the fixation on Chuck Norris mythology in Armed Forces bathrooms in Iraq?
Gen. David Petraeus opened his speech on Iraq operations with the best Chuck Norris lines he read on bathroom walls...
My favorites were "Chuck Norris doesn't breathe he holds air hostage," and "Chuck Norris isn't a bad actor because he's not acting."
For more on this Chuck Norris phenomenon, visit
They are funny.
Speaking of celebrities, rumor was that comedians Dennis Miller and Bill Maher were walking the show floor too... Bill Maher at an Army show? Weird if true.
I have just one more comment on the show... There's no clapping after speeches in press conferences. You know who you are.