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All Things Small Business podcast with Dr. Matt Willis, Army Prize Competitions Things Small Business podcast with Dr. Matt Willis, Army Prize Competitions2021-06-16T12:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClassCAAEF27F4FEC4B22890BC7209A116975">Take a break and listen to the All Things Small Business podcast series. For <a href="">episode 11</a>, we visit with Dr. Matt Willis, Director, Army Prize Competitions and the Army Applied SBIR Program. Dr. Willis begins by explaining that the technology programs position small businesses to provide innovation, reduce barriers to entry, and help with commercial viability of developed products. His office, established in Fiscal Year 2021, oversees the Army Prize Competitions, which are a suite of programs that enable the Army to access transformative technologies. He talked about how technology is being developed faster and faster and that the Army needs to be responsive quick enough to outpace the threat. His office has initiated some changes to leverage all procurement authorities and accelerate technology transitions. The Army now issues ad hoc rolling calls for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) solutions. The goal is to incentivize small businesses to work with the Army and to incentivize program managers to rely on small business programs to buy down technical risk.<br> <br> Dr. Willis discusses the importance of time to capital for small businesses and how the Prize Competition can help. He speaks about trusted capital and the OSD Trusted Capital Digital Marketplace. He shares upcoming opportunities that should be of interest to small businesses and some success stories. Tune in to the podcast to find out about a real “first in government achievement” by his office.<br> <br> You can listen to episode 11 at <a href=""></a> or by subscribing to the <a href="">All Things Small Business podcast series </a>via the Apple store.<br> <br> The All Things Small Business podcast series can also be found on the DAU Industry Support page at <a href="/industry-support/p/doing-business-with-the-department-of-defense"></a>.<br> <br> Just scroll down to the podcast section, click on the red “Listen Now” button, and select the podcast of your choice.<br> Feel free to reach out to <a href=""></a> or <a href=""></a> if you want to participate as a future guest.</div>string;#/training/career-development/contracting/blog/All-Things-Small-Business-podcast-with-Dr--Matt-Willis,-Army-Prize-Competitions
OTA Today Webinar: Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) 101 Today Webinar: Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) 1012021-06-10T12:00:00Z Logo 1 w-negative A (smaller) (002).jpg, Logo 1 w-negative A (smaller) (002).jpg Logo 1 w-negative A (smaller) (002).jpg<div class="ExternalClass60A3472EA88040E4825BD37DB31A5C06">Did you know Defense Innovation Unit, or DIU is the only Department of Defense organization focused exclusively on fielding and scaling commercial technology across the U.S. military to help solve critical problems? We're excited to announce our next OTA Today webinar: DIU 101. Join us and a DIU team of panelists for an exclusive inside look into the organization. <a href="/events/OTA-Today-webinar-DIU-101">DAU Event - OTA Today: DIU 101</a><br> <br> <strong>Event Details:</strong><br> <strong>Date:</strong> June 29, 2021<br> <strong>Time: </strong>12pm - 1:30pm (Eastern) 9am - 10:30am (Pacific)<br> <strong>CLPs:</strong> 1.5<br> No registration required<br> <br> <strong>Guest Speakers:</strong><br> <strong>Cherissa Tamayori</strong>, Director of Acquisition and Senior Contracting Official for the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). In this role, she serves as the senior acquisition advisor to the Director of DIU and is responsible for the development, implementation, and execution of all phases of the DIU project lifecycle across the six technology portfolios. Prior to accepting this role, Cherissa served as the Deputy Director of Acquisition at DIU where she was responsible for oversight and execution of contracting activities utilizing Other Transaction Authority. Additionally, she coordinated contracting activities between DIU and its support entities to execute projects for a customer base that spans the entire Department of Defense. Before joining DIU, Cherissa served as a contracting officer at the Naval Sea Systems Command where she managed multi-billion dollar contract portfolios for various undersea systems programs. As a contract specialist, she negotiated and administered complex shipbuilding procurements including the refueling, overhaul, and modernization of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the design and construction of auxiliary ships and patrol boats. In addition to these roles, Cherissa has served in various contracting positions within the Navy.<br> <br> <strong>William “Mac” McHenry</strong> is DIU’s Director of Defense Engagement and is responsible for our Department of Defense (DoD) and interagency interface and activities. He brings a combination of military and government service to his role with nearly 30 years of executive experience in strategy development, team building, and operational execution. Before joining DIU, Mac served in the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer with a focus on political interaction and relationship development. He has had a number of foreign assignments to include Amman, Jordan and Caracas, Venezuela. Mac has also served as a Special Operations Officer for the Department of the Army with service in Afghanistan. Leaving active duty in 2005, Mac continues to serve in the Marine Corps Reserves and is currently on active duty with DIU. As a Marine Corps Aviator he held type ratings in multiple aircraft. He was the first Marine Aviator to undertake and pass the Force Recon Selection. He served as the Operations Officer of Task Force Recon during Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Officer in Charge of Air Mission Branch Special Operations Training Group, and Senior Operations Officer, Office of Technical Operations at the Defense Intelligence Agency.<br> <br> <strong>Moderator: </strong><br> <strong>Hallie Tremaine Balkin,</strong> Learning Director for Other Transactions, DAU​ - Hallie Tremaine Balkin, Esq. has over 12 years of experience in Federal acquisition, agile contracting, and contract litigation. She joined Defense Acquisition University (DAU) in May 2020 to serve as the Learning Director for Other Transactions. Prior to joining DAU, Hallie worked as Associate Counsel for Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) Headquarters (HQ), formerly known as Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). While at NAVWAR, Hallie successfully led all NAVWAR HQ Other Transaction (OT) awards from inception to contract, and she served as NAVWAR’s subject matter expert for NAVWAR HQ. While working for Navy Office of General Counsel (OGC), Hallie also successfully defended 34 contract bid protests. Hallie has provided OTA briefs and workshops to thousands of attendees across the United States, as well as internationally while she served as a legal advisor to the NATO NILE program.<br> <br> <strong>Who Should Attend</strong>: Government, Military, and Industry at all levels who want to learn about the tenets and principles of Other Transaction Authority (OTA) to promote change and collaboration within DoD programs and projects.</div>string;#/training/career-development/contracting/blog/OTA-Today-Webinar---Defense-Innovation-Unit-(DIU)-101
Striking the Balance - Pricing Variable Quantities the Balance - Pricing Variable Quantities2021-06-09T16:00:00Z the Balance.PNG, the Balance.PNG the Balance.PNG<div class="ExternalClass7F68F919B4364CC2888BC9FE53EA7D0A"><a href="/events/Striking-the-Balance---Variation-in-Quantity">THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE</a>. Join DAU faculty Dr. Renee Butler and Ms. Michelle Currier for our June webinar in the "Striking the Balance" pricing series featuring Mr. Stephen Rost, Cost/Price Analyst with Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. Mr. Rost will discuss the basics of pricing variable quantities, including why we price variable quantities and the inputs that are needed to develop a successful RFP and construct a pricing scenario that creates flexibility while balancing the cost risk for both parties. Mr. Rost will lead an in-depth discussion of various methods for pricing variable quantities and provide analytical tools that Contracting Officers can utilize to drive outcomes that are equitable to both the Government and the contractor.</div>string;#/training/career-development/contracting/blog/Striking-the-Balance---Pricing-Variable-Quantities
Defense Small Business Webinar on Small Business Innovation Programs Small Business Webinar on Small Business Innovation Programs2021-05-21T16:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClass235985CE9ACE45B8A53785909D411A8B">The Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) and DAU held their ninth joint Defense Small Business Webinar on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 on the topic of “Small Business Innovation Programs - SBIR/STTR & RRTO”. The guest speakers were Mr. Jon Lazar, Director, DoD Rapid Reaction Technology Office (RRTO) and Ms. Susan Celis, Acting Director, DoD Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR).<br> <br> According to Mr. Lazar, the mission of the RRTO is “To deliver innovative, leap-ahead capabilities to the Joint Force through prototypes and experiments that accelerate, deliver, and transition Joint capabilities.” He talked about the RRTO operating model that accepts concepts from all sources and has a low-barrier to entry for industry. The five RRTO guiding principles include: <ul> <li>Emphasis on innovative, leap-ahead capabilities</li> <li>Co-funding from other stakeholders</li> <li>Clear transition path to programs or people</li> <li>Jointness</li> <li>Closely aligned with DoD’s strategic guidance</li> </ul> Mr. Lazar specifically highlighted two of the four key prototyping programs. The first program is Advanced Technology Development, which is innovation outreach to small businesses and non-traditional suppliers. The other program is Advanced Technology Development, which rapidly explores and onramps emerging technologies. To close out his portion of the event, he shared several good news stories of prototyping efforts and potential venues for industry participation.<br> <br> Did you know that the DoD awards over $1.8B in SBIR/STTR funding annually? Ms. Celis shared the five SBIR/STTR program goals: <ul> <li>Stimulate technological innovation for DoD to maintain technological superiority and military readiness to deter military operations from U.S. adversaries</li> <li>Increase private sector commercialization of Federal R&D to increase competition, productivity, and economic growth</li> <li>Stimulate a partnership of ideas and technologies between innovative small businesses and research institutions (STTR)</li> <li>Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR/STTR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization</li> <li>By including qualified small businesses in the nation’s R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific R&D needs</li> </ul> She also explained the DoD SBIR/STTR process and the DoD components that use the programs. Ms. Celis highlighted the DoD’s 11 modernization technology priorities and the DoD’s Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) schedule from April 2021 through February 2022. Lastly, she briefed the Defense SBIR/STTR Innovation Portal (DSIP), which is the official proposal submission website for DoD.<br> <br> The depth and breadth of the questions that came in over chat, as well as the almost 200 government and industry representatives that participated in the event certainly validated the importance and timeliness of this focus on technology.<br> <br> More information about this webinar series can be found on the DoD OSBP website at <a href=""></a><br> <br> The webinars will generally be held monthly. You can also refer to the DAU Calendar of Events at the bottom of the DAU Industry Support Page at <a href="/industry-support/p/doing-business-with-the-department-of-defense"></a> to learn more.<br> <br> The next webinar is scheduled for 16 June. The topic is “Navigating SAM” and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) speaker is to be determined.</div>string;#/training/career-development/contracting/blog/Defense-Small-Business-Webinar-on-Small-Business-Innovation-Programs

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