Today, the U.S. military finds itself in a strategic competition with new competitors challenging us. History demonstrates a military that adapts better, learns quickly, improves faster, and gains warfighting advantages over the long haul fosters a culture that can assess, correct, and innovate better than their opponents. A Government Lead Systems Integrator (LSI) harnesses government resources to meet immediate and emerging warfighter needs enabling them to adapt better, improve faster, and gain the advantage. Partnering with and augmenting industry, a Government LSI can rapidly execute system modifications, cradle-to-grave life-cycle and sustainment projects. In this webinar you will learn about Government LSI, its benefits, and program management and engineering fundamentals from key members of AIRWorks, a team that has successfully executed Government LSI projects for the Navy and DoD partners since its establishment by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) in 2014.
Who should attend: DoD Acquisition and Engineering professionals
Gerald Swift, Director, AIRWorks, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division
Gerald A. Swift is the Director for AIRWorks, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Patuxent River, MD. He leads a diverse $1.9 billion aircraft modification and rapid prototyping portfolio, and oversees a $750 million annual non-Navy workload acceptance portfolio for the NAWCAD Commander. In addition, the Office runs high-visibility special projects for ASN(RDA) and NAVAIR for rapid fielding to meet urgent warfighter needs. Prior to joining AIRWorks, Mr. Swift was the Deputy Director for Rapid Response in the Airworthiness Office for the NAVAIR Commander responding to urgent warfighting needs and high priority efforts. Before entering government civil service with the US Navy, Mr. Swift served twenty-five years in the US Air Force, retiring as a Colonel. He served in acquisition management, staff, flight test, and engineering assignments throughout his career.
Christa Rodewald-Franz, Deputy Director, AIRWorks, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division
Ms. Christa Rodewald-Franz is the AIRWorks Deputy Director, as well as the Portfolio Lead for the PEO(CS), PEO (U&W), and SPEAR portfolios at AIRWorks, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), Naval Air Systems Command, NAS Patuxent River, MD. She is accountable for nearly $1 billion in project content over the next five years, working with and leading Project Teams delivering rapid fielding capability to the US Navy and DoD Partners. Prior to joining AIRWorks, Ms. Rodewald-Franz was the Mission Systems Integrated Project Team Lead (IPTL) for the Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ MB) Mission Systems (MS) IPT, part of an $8.8B ACAT IC program. Ms. Rodewald-Franz's has numerous years of previous experience involved in sole source and competitive procurements encompassing the full range of contract types including Research & Development, hardware, services, and commercial efforts.
Scott Hoffman, Chief Engineer, AIRWorks, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division
Scott R. Hoffman is the Chief Lead Systems Integration (LSI) Engineer for AIRWorks, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). He leads a diverse LSI Engineering team working on $2 billion worth of aircraft modification, systems integration and design, and rapid prototyping projects. Prior to joining AIRWorks, Mr. Hoffman was the Chief Airworthiness Engineer for PEO(T) in NAVAIR's Airworthiness and Cyber Safe Office. While there he accelerated F/A-18 weaponeering software updates to the fleet, developed the contractor-owned and operated aggressor aircraft flight clearances process, and supported airworthiness certification of several high-priority special US Navy and Marine Corps projects. Mr. Hoffman has 34 years of government civil service as an engineer and is a member of the Acquisition Professional Community, Level II certified for Program Management and has a Level III Acquisition Career Field Certification for Test & Evaluation and Systems Engineering.