Hundreds flock to Industry Day

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Hundreds flock to Industry Day Some 400 registrants from all over the country signed up to attend the California Contracting-Acquisition-Procurement Industry Days Expo Nov. 1 and 2 at the Kerr McGee Center.

The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division and industry partners collaborate for the annual event to hear about forecasted contracting requirements for the next three fiscal years, gain insight into the acquisition process and learn about opportunities for Cooperative Research and Development Agreements and Commercial Service Agreements.

For the second year, Ridgecrest Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has hosted the event.

Derrick Hu, deputy director of the NAWCWD Office of Small Business Programs, said that the Navy reached out to the community to find out how it could improve relationships outside the gate, and the idea of having the RACVB host the convention grew out of that.

“This gives us a lot of flexibility,” said Hu.

In addition to networking and outreach opportunities, attendees listened to several panels throughout the two-day event.

On Wednesday, Hu moderated a panel of experienced professionals who offered insight into the process of picking up DOD contracts.

A second panel on Wednesday addressed the increasing requirements of cybersecurity for all contractors.

Experts noticed that more than $1 billion in intellectual property per day — and upwards of $400 billion annually — is stolen in the United States.

In addition to the collective negative impact to the national economy, attacks can levy devastating impacts on the individual companies targeted.

Most companies that suffer cyber attacks fail within six months after an attack.

Thursday’s program featured the NAVAIR leadership panel, which included NAWCWD Commander Rear Adm. Brian Corey. A second panel offered industry observations and feedback to NAWCWD.

The event was capped by a long-range acquisition forecast by NAWCWD.

Pictured: Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason, NAWCWD?Commander Rear Adm. Brian Corey and NAWCWD Executive Director Joan Johnson chat during Thursday’s leadership panel. -- Photo by Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2017-11-03