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    Date:  August 8, 2023

    Time:  12:30 - 2:00 p.m. ET (9:30 - 11:00 a.m. PT)

    CLPs:  1.5

    Description:  DoD relations with Congress can be challenging.  How can we make them better and create a WIN-WIN-WIN outcome, one that benefits Congress, DoD, and the Warfighter?  This webcast will go beyond the formal congressional interactions to explore practices proven to build the kind of productive relations needed.  Hear directly from panelists who have made it happen.


    Who Should Attend:  Innovative members of government, industry, and academia who want to build more-successful relationships  between Congress and DoD. Participants will learn first-hand accounts of methods, processes, and tools used to advance strategic relationships with Congress and develop and gain support for draft legislation.


    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 how 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. No slides, followed by live Q&A.


    The Honorable Katrina McFarland

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    With over 30 years of government service, Katharina (Katrina) McFarland is widely recognized as a leading subject-matter expert on government procurement. She serves as Vice Chair of the Army Science Board, served as Chairman of the Board of Army Research and Development at the National Academies of Science, and currently serves as a Director on  Boards such as SAIC, Virgin Orbit, and Transphorm, She was previously the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition (2012 to 2017) as well as acting Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology) (2016-2017). She was President of the Defense Acquisition University from 2010 to 2012 From 2006 to 2010, Ms. McFarland was the Director of Acquisition, Missile Defense Agency. She is an accredited Materials, Mechanical, Civil and Electronics Engineer. She has received an Honorary Doctoral of Engineering from the University of Cranfield, United Kingdom; the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Department of the Navy Civilian Tester of the Year Award, and the Navy and United States Marine Corps Commendation Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service. Ms. McFarland brings substantial experience with the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Army, and Intelligence Community procurement with focus on Space applications,  Artificial Intelligence, Cyber,  and IT technologies.in defense acquisition, program management, logistics and technology. 


    Ms. Megan Milam, SVP Government Relations, Anduril

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    Megan Milam is the Senior Vice President of Government Relations for Anduril Industries. In this role, she is responsible for developing and implementing Anduril’s government affairs strategy with the legislative and executive branches.

    Megan has held multiple roles in the executive and legislative branches of government. She was the Deputy Comptroller (Budget and Appropriations Affairs) at Department of Defense, where she served as the senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense and DoD senior leadership on congressional appropriations matters and the Department’s lead interface with the congressional appropriations committees. She was most recently the Director of the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning at Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

    Previously, Ms. Milam served as Professional Staff Member for the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense, responsible for overseeing funding and policies related to the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community. She was previously the Appropriations Associate for Congressman Mike Simpson (ID-02).

    Ms. Milam received her Masters of Science degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University. She also serves on the NDIA Board of Directors.


    Mr. Moshe Schwartz, Etherton and Associates President

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    Moshe Schwartz is President of Etherton and Associates, providing expertise in defense acquisition and industrial base policy. Prior to joining Etherton and Associates, served as Executive Director of the congressionally mandated Advisory Panel on Streamlining and Codifying Acquisition Regulations and spent 15 years providing analysis and legislative support to Congress on acquisition policy and industrial base issues, including as a specialist at the Congressional Research Service and senior analyst at GAO.  He has testified before Congress and written extensively on a wide range of acquisition and industrial base issues, including defense acquisition reform, contract types, cost and pricing, Other Transaction Authorities, the use of Major Defense Acquisition Programs, socioeconomic policies, the Defense Production Act, GAO bid protests, and the DOD Audit, and wartime contracting.



    Dr. Yvette Rodriguez

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    Dr. Yvette Rodriguez is the DAU West Region Research Director and Professor with 28 years of DoD acquisition experience. She has a passion for mentoring, coaching, and serving as an active member of her community. She is an innovative advocate for the advancement of digital transformation, systems engineering, modular open systems approach, and DoD acquisition. Dr. Rodriguez led and delivered state of the art digital engineering learning assets and earned "Best Paper on Systems Engineering Training" Award at INCOSE's 27th Annual International Symposium 2017. Prior to joining DAU, Dr. Rodriguez was a US Navy lead engineer and directed and tested the installation of weapons systems aboard 13 amphibious and 4 carrier class ships. She received the 1999 Program Executive Office Theater Surface Combatants (PEO TSC) Team Award for Excellence, the 1998 Golden Hammer Award, and was recognized by Naval Sea Systems Command for her outstanding contributions to the Navy Anti-Ship Missile Defense Radar Program.  She is committed to her local community and serves as President of the East Los Angeles Women's Center Board of Directors to stand for justice, human dignity, equality, and equity and frequently returns to her alma mater, University of Southern California, to mentor future engineers.



    Great Power Competition Initiative – Resources and more!

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