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2016 Northwest Aerospace & Defense Symposium

May 18, 2016 - May 19, 2016

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*All attendees are subject to screening by Joint Base Lewis-McChord security.  Please see below new ID Requirements.  Standard Washington Driver’s Licenses will not be accepted as ID to pick up your access credentials.  

This two-day symposium brings together aerospace, defense and unmanned systems business and government leaders to discuss new developments and business opportunities in aerospace, space, defense & security. 

Increase awareness about current initiatives, learn about government contracting opportunities, connect with prime contractors, and network with key government leaders.

Wednesday, May 18th


Global Defense Spending is Changing – Insight into defense budgets, key regions, countries and ongoing developments, DoD aircraft acquisition, manned and unmanned, and Aerospace & Defense industrial base manufacturing trends
Ron Stearns, Business Development Manager, Robotics and Unmanned Systems, The Velocity Group

Long Range Strike Bomber Program – insights on likely design, capabilities and how companies  can position themselves to compete as suppliers to primes
Dr. Rebecca Grant – President & CEO, IRIS Independent Research

Boeing in Washington – Our Future Together
Bill McSherry – Vice President of Government Relations and Global Corporate Citizenship, Boeing Commercial Airplanes 

Aerospace and Defense Industry: Policy, Budget and Innovation Challenges
John Luddy – Vice President, National Security Policy, Aerospace Industries Association

What’s Needed for the Future – The Battle Against Obsolescence and Counterfeit Risk
 Jay Schmidt – Executive VP & General Manager, Silicon Forest Electronics


Thursday, May 19th

Congressman Adam Smith

Address By: U.S. Congressman Adam Smith, Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee

Congressman Kilmer

Address By: U.S. Congressman Derek Kilmer, Appropriations Committee

Updates and Priorities from JBLM
COL Daniel S. Morgan – Commander, Joint Base Lewis-McChord

What is Next in Military Spending and Priorities?
J.J. Gertler – Military Aviation Analyst, Defense Policy & Arms Control,
Congressional Research Service – Washington D.C.

Doing Business with Prime Contactors

Chris O’Claire – Supply Chain Director, Esterline Control & Communication Systems

Jerad Kaliher – Strategic Sourcing Manager, Mission Equipment, LifePort | Enflite


Updates and Priorities for the Washington National Guard

Colonel Curt R. Simonson – Commander, 56th Theater Information Operations Group (TIOG), Washington National Guard 

A World of Opportunity: Exporting and Importing Best Practices

Akana Ma – Partner, Chair of Global Trade Group, Ater Wynne LLP 


Updates and Priorities for the Army Corp of Engineer
Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Y. Park – Deputy Commander, Seattle District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Breakout Sessions

This is a rare opportunity to bring together subject matter experts on a broad range of topics. Join us for these small group breakouts ….. and bring your questions.

    • Procurement Officers Panel: Doing Business with Military Agencies
      • Lenneia R. Jennings – Chief, Office of Small Business Programs U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District 
      • Vincent Marsh – Director Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC) JBLM
      • Bob Mullen – Co-founder, CORTAC Group
    • FAA Updates for the Unmanned Vehicle Industry
      • Matt Gammon, Tactical Operations Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
    • Research & Development Panel: Support for Your Next Big Idea
  • Terry Grant – Director, Industry Relations, University of Washington
  • Robin Conger – Program Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Export Control 201:  Exporting Parts & Components After Export Control Reform
  • Nelson G. Dong – Partner , Head National Security Group, Co-Head, Asia Group, DORSEY  &  WHITNEY  LLP
  • Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the Aerospace and Defense Industry
    • TJ Crane – Associate, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
  • Beyond Our Borders Panel: Resources for Northwest Exporters
    • Diane Mooney – Director, U.S. Commercial Service Seattle, U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration
    • Liz Lasater – CEO, Red Arrow Logistics
    • Robynne Davis – Business Development Director, Verbio

Please contact Kate at kate@pndc.us / 888-701-7632 for information on sponsorship, speaking opportunities and display table purchase. 

ID Requirements:
All attendees will need to present acceptable government issued I.D. for base access. Below are examples of the acceptable I.D.

  • Oregon Driver’s License*
  • Washington Enhanced Driver’s License
  • U.S. Passport and Standard Washington Driver’s License*

* Due to the REAL ID Act of 2005, Washington, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota and American Samoaense standard driver’s licenses/identification cards are only accepted when presented with a current U.S. Passport or other I.D. listed at: http://bit.ly/21eMff5. All other U.S. state standard driver’s licenses/identification cards are accepted as I.D. for base access. 

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American Lake Conference Center on base at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)

8085 NCO Beach Road 


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