Hanscom Air Force Base   Right Corner Banner
Join the Air Force

News > PEOs share information, emphasize collaboration at symposium
 
Photos
Previous ImageNext Image
Interacting with industry
NEWTON, Mass. - Maj. Gen. Craig Olson, C3I and Networks program executive officer, speaks to attendees during the first day of the New Horizons Symposium Feb. 25. The symposium, which is sponsored by the Lexington-Concord Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, provides an opportunity for Life Cycle Management Center program executive officers and program managers to exchange information with industry on current and emerging business opportunities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rick Berry)
Download HiRes
PEOs share information, emphasize collaboration at symposium

Posted 3/4/2014   Updated 3/5/2014 Email story   Print story

    


by Patty Welsh
66th Air Base Group Public Affairs


3/4/2014 - NEWTON, Mass. -- Government and industry working collaboratively was continually highlighted during this year's New Horizons Symposium Feb. 25 to 26.

During the event, both of Hanscom's program executive officers, Maj. Gen. Craig Olson, C3I and Networks, and Steve Wert, Battle Management, shared information about their organizations, portfolios and upcoming business opportunities.

Olson described the C3I and Networks portfolio in terms of the differing domains of space and aerial, terrestrial, and cyber and how his organization provides capabilities to ensure the connectivity.

The general also talked about the importance of working closing with industry, emphasizing that "they are our partners in national defense" and everyone needs to remember that they are equally focused on supporting the warfighter.

Continuing to highlight the point of how significant relationships with industry partners are, Olson relayed a story about one of his first experiences in acquisition where he and the industry program manager sought to work together to understand and build trust with all their stakeholders.

"In this instance, we had to focus on the relationships first," he said.

Olson said he encourages frequent and transparent dialogue with industry partners. He urged companies to present their best ideas, especially regarding work in the information environment.

"We really need to leverage best commercial practices in order to succeed," he said.

Wert also focused on interaction with industry, emphasizing partnerships and early interaction to understand technical requirements, trades and cost impacts.

"We're more sophisticated in how we do business," he said. "We're managing cost, not just managing obligations."

Wert also stressed the criticality of relationships between industry and program managers, saying he wants that dialogue to happen so any problems can be found and fixed early.

"Help us get it right," he said.

After providing a status on some of the organization's major defense acquisition programs, such as the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar, which is in source selection, and the Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program, which recently deployed on Global Hawk in the area of responsibility, Wert said his organization is very mission-focused and he feels they are doing well despite uncertainty.

He added that some of their focuses now include looking for open architecture approaches, increasing competition and increasing small business opportunities.

Sponsored by the Lexington-Concord Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, the symposium provides an opportunity for Life Cycle Management Center program executive officers and program managers to exchange information with industry on current and emerging business opportunities.

Scott Warren, Business and Enterprise Systems deputy director, also provided a presentation during which he talked about potential upcoming changes to his organization and highlighted the Vendor Exchange Forums and Vendor Industry Days that are hosted by BES at Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex, Ala.

Other speakers represented Special Operations Command, Natick Soldier Systems Center, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, the MITRE Corp. and General Services Administration.

This year's event also featured a legislative affairs panel and media panel with interactive discussions.

Bud Vasquez, local AFCEA chapter president, said he feels the forum has never been more important, as everyone is working to get capabilities to the warfighter quickly and affordably.



tabComments
No comments yet.  
Add a comment

 Inside Hanscom AFB

ima cornerSearch

tabMission NewsRSS feed 
Air traffic control radar system gaining ground, testing in sight

Priorities of AF acquisition outlined at symposium

DoD recognizes top performers in getting gear to warfighters

New Horizons to take place March 3 to 4

Air Force presents FY16 budget request: JSTARS recap funding on tap

Global ASNT moves past preliminary design review

Cyber Tech roundtable allows for exchange of ideas, info

Hanscom 'pockets' the U.S. to improve homeland defense

tabHanscom NewsRSS feed 
Have you been vaccinated against measles?

AFLCMC- Hanscom March promotions

Team Hanscom announces annual award winners

Weight loss trial program for Hanscom adult dependents

66th Medical Squadron captures multiple AFMS awards

Leadership development program nominations due March 16

Pay dates increase for civilians in 2015

Carter's message to DOD workforce

EN award winners announced

Military Saves Week scheduled Feb. 23-28

tabNews Briefs and HappeningsRSS feed 
Upcoming events

News in Brief

School Notes

tabCommentaryRSS feed 
Straight Talk: Submit ideas, questions, concerns or kudos

Antiterrorism: Travel security

tabPhoto FeatureRSS feed 
Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Feb. 26

tabFeaturesRSS feed 
Contingency contracting officers providing critical capability to the warfighter

Hanscom employee saves life


Site Map      Contact Us     Questions     USA.gov     Security and Privacy notice     E-publishing  
Suicide Prevention    SAPR   IG   EEO   Accessibility/Section 508   No FEAR Act