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  • Description:
    The actor Jack Nicholson said, "You can follow the action, which gets you good pictures. You can follow your instincts, which will probably get you in trouble. Or, you can follow the money, which nine times out of ten will get you closer to the truth."  Join our conversation with Greg Sanders from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) about his research on trends in defense spending in the U.S. and around the world.  Learn what the data tells us about the Great Power Competition facing the U.S., and how we in defense acquisition can use those insights to compete, and win.  

    Date: December 5, 2023

    Time: 12:00-1:00pm (ET)

    CLPs: 1.0

     Who Should Attend:
    Anyone who would like to learn how we can use insights into defense spending to help us better focus our attention and limited resources. 

    Competing to Win Series:
    Attending these sessions will help you relate the work you do in defense acquisition to the Great Power Competition (to learn more click here) shaping our national security environment. Learn ways to meet the challenge and help the US maintain its competitive advantage!  Session format is curated conversation with thought leaders from across DoD, industry, academia, and the acquisition workforce, followed by live Q&A.

    For registration or technical questions, please email: [email protected]

    Speakers
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    Speaker: Gregory Sanders

    Deputy Director and Fellow, Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group at CSIS

    Gregory Sanders is deputy director and fellow with the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group at CSIS, where he manages a research team that analyzes data on U.S. government contract spending and other budget and acquisition issues. He employs data visualization and other ways to use complex data collections to create succinct and innovative tables, charts, and maps. His recent research focuses on contract spending by major government departments, contingency contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, and European and Asian defense budgets. This work requires management of data from a variety of databases, most notably the Federal Procurement Database System, and extensive cross-referencing of multiple budget data sources. In support of these goals, he employs SQL Server, as well as the statistical programming language R. Sanders holds an M.A. in international studies from the University of Denver and a B.A. in government and politics, as well as a B.S. in computer science, from the University of Maryland.

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    Moderator: Dr. Ann Wong

    Director of DAU Leadership Center and Professor of Executive Program Management at DAU

    Ann works closely with executive-level defense acquisition professionals on a vast array of defense programs. Ann is passionate about transforming organizations into ones with a healthy growth-minded culture, developing workforce members so they feel ready and inspired to achieve that organization's goals, and working with partners driven to connect business success using creative design and innovation. 

    Ann believes that Leadership Skills are Essential Skills and each of us must practice these Essential Skills, regardless of rank or experience-level, if the DoD Acquisition Workforce is to meet the today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.

    With the heightened threat environment brought to us by near-peer and peer global competitors, she urges acquisition leaders to heighten their awareness and study of the Great Power Competition.  Only by doing so will the acquisition workforce be equipped to lead adequately and strategically into the future.  She brings to you the experiences of her 24-yr Air Force career, where she spent several tours supporting wargames and exercises, working with coalition and allied partners.  and her 11 years at DAU, teaching and graduating thousands of DoD acquisition members of all ranks, to this discussion.

    She invites you to connect with her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-ann-wong 


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