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Partnering with Industry - Industry’s View

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    Description:
    The Great Power Competition shaping our national security environment is a call to action for the acquisition workforce, to deliver the products and services our warfighters need to maintain their competitive advantage. We hear a lot about partnering with industry to help meet that challenge. But what does that mean? What gets in the way? Where should we focus our future efforts to do better? This web event will help answer those questions from an industry perspective.

    Who should attend?

    Those in both government and industry, from all functional areas, who want to learn ways to build more effective relationships between industry and the defense acquisition workforce.

    Competing to Win Series:
    Attending these sessions will help you relate the work you do in defense acquisition to the strategic competition shaping our national security environment (to learn more click here). 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.

    Moderator:

    Mr. Charles Mahon - DAU Learning Director, Business Acumen

    Mr. Mahon oversees courses that aid the acquisition workforce to understand industry. He also partners with industry associations, corporations, and other associations to ensure DAU's network with these entities remains viable.

    Mr. Mahon background includes naval surface warfare, antisubmarine warfare, and naval nuclear propulsion. He worked in commercial nuclear power performing engineering, plant project management, and construction project management. In defense, he worked as a biometric and information technology program manager as a contractor for the Army providing the whole spectrum of procurement, development, services, and sustainment functions. He also was a liaison for a not-for-profit project management association and the U.S. Government.

    Panelist:

    Ms. ML Mackey - CEO and Cofounder Beacon Interactive Systems

    Ms. Mackey is Increasingly recognized for her expertise in small business innovation and technology transition, Ms. Mackey is frequently interviewed and invited to speak on the topic of entrepreneurship and Federal contracting at Congressional hearings, as well as at outreach events led by the National Academies of Science, the Small Business Administration and both the Navy and DoD SBIR Program Offices. Ms. Mackey is a repeat contributor of articles to the Washington Post about Small Business Entrepreneurship and has received multiple awards both nationally and regionally for her Entrepreneurship and Leadership efforts

    Prior to starting Beacon, Ms. Mackey worked at Digital Equipment Corporation. Ms. Mackey holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University.

    Beacon, a small business innovator headquartered in Waltham, MA, is a valued and rapidly growing provider of mission critical systems to DoD. With a full-fleet deployment of initial NAVSEA SBIR investments, Beacon's digital products drive operational efficiency, improve sustainability and unleash productivity.

    Mr. John Luddy – Vice President, National Security Policy, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)

    Mr. Luddy is responsible for developing AIA's national security agenda, and for planning and executing advocacy efforts to support it.

    Before joining AIA, Mr. Luddy directed Aerojet Rocketdyne's government relations efforts as Vice President of Washington Operations. Prior to joining Aerojet, Mr. Luddy ran his own consulting practice, providing business development, market analysis, and legislative advocacy services to clients ranging from America's largest aerospace companies to technology startups.

    Mr. Luddy began his Washington career as a defense analyst with the Heritage Foundation, specializing in power projection, readiness, and personnel issues. He served in the U.S. Senate as a senior defense aide on the Armed Services Committee. He also served in the a special assistant for legislative affairs in OSD, spearheading DoD's congressional outreach on missile defense, strategic weapons, and international security policies and programs.

    Mr. Luddy holds a Master's degree in international relations from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, a Bachelor's degree in history from Bates College. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army's Ranger and Airborne Schools; and he served on active duty as a Marine Corps infantry officer, and in Reserve policy, operations, and public affairs assignments.

    Ms. Lauren Ayers – Vice President, Defense and Intelligence, Professional Services Council (PSC)

    Ms. Ayers is the Vice President of Defense and Intelligence at Professional Services Council. Prior to joining PSC, Ms. Ayers was the Director of Program Analysis and Business Transformation for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Procurement) (DASN(P)). In this role, she provided strategic advice and direction on over $300B of procurements across the FYDP. Before joining the Navy Secretariat, Ms. Ayers spent nearly 10 years in the Naval Sea Systems Command's (NAVSEA) Shipbuilding Contracts Division, leading and directing contracts and procurement efforts for the Navy's surface combatant platforms. As a Contracting Officer, Ms. Ayers provided strategic direction and execution of efforts on existing portfolios in excess of $40B and the award of nearly $20B in new ship construction contracts. Prior to joining NAVSEA in 2010, Ms. Ayers worked for a private investment firm in Seattle, Washington.

    Ms. Ayers holds a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy as a distinguished graduate of the NDU's Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy and a Bachelor of Business Administration from James Madison University.


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