NAWCWD welcomes industry ideas during small business expo
“ Our task at NAWCWD is to put products out faster, do it with fewer resources and make them relevant on the battlefield longer,” said Rear Adm. Brian Corey, NAWCWD commander. “We need industry to help us bring new ideas, and I absolutely believe that not only must we change the way we do business, but we can.”
The event, formerly known as NAWCWD’s Industry Day, was presented by the California State University Bakersfield Small Business Development Center in conjunction with the Ridgecrest Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. It served as an opportunity for small businesses to connect with each other and gain access to contracting officers and representatives from NAWCWD. The two-day event welcomed nearly 500 attendants with representatives from about 90 companies and agencies.
“Take advantage of the available networking sessions,” advised Collin Kyte, NAWCWD director of Contracts. “That’s how you’re going to start making inroads with NAWCWD for future contracts. Our 16 contracting officers handle 4,000 actions a year, which adds up to 250 actions a person. They’re very busy individuals, so please take advantage of having the opportunity to spend a couple of hours with them.”
Prior to networking sessions on day two, First District Kern County Supervisor Mick Gleason moderated a Naval Air Systems Command leadership panel featuring Corey, Kyte and NAWCWD Executive Director Joan Johnson. The panel allowed them to brief the audience about ongoing efforts and answer questions.
“ We’ve got Navy leadership all the way up the chain saying ‘you’ve got our support,’ now, we need to think about different ways to respond to warfighting gaps,” Johnson said. “One beautiful thing that comes from working with industry is you have very different experiences. When we bring together the processes of how we’re doing business with your expertise, we’re going to come up with different ideas that are really going to serve the warfighter well and I’m looking forward to that.”
The expo concluded with a presentation of the NAVAIR Source Selection Process provided by Diane Foucher and Sandra Scharn-Stevens followed by NAWCWD’s Long Range Acquisition Forecast.