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  • 15 Nov 2018 3:00 PM | Paul Heim (Administrator)

    Press Release                                            

    United States Navy

    Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic

    Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Office

    Contact: Jack O’Neill, john.oneill1@navy.mil

    Desk: 843.218.3342

    Nov.09, 2018

    #19-010

    SSC Atlantic Collaborates with Industry on Navy Maritime Responsibilities

    By Heather Rutherford, SSC Atlantic Public Affairs

    CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINASpace and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic teamed up with the Tidewater Association of Service Contractors in Norfolk, Virginia, Oct. 11 for the SSC Atlantic Industry Information Day.

    The purpose of the event is to foster conversation and collaboration among government and industry. SSC Atlantic Executive Director Christopher A. Miller served as keynote speaker. Other SSC Atlantic leadership gave presentations, including Fleet C4I and Readiness Department Head Charles (Charlie) Adams, Chief of Contracting Office Steve Harnig, and Deputy Director for the Office of Small Business Robin Rourk.

    In his presentation, Miller defined the key takeaways from Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) John Richardson’s call for the Navy to “fulfill the maritime responsibilities” in accordance with the 2018 National Defense Strategy. The CNO has called for the Navy to be bigger, better, networked, talented, agile and ready; Miller addressed each of these terms individually as a call to action for SSC Atlantic employees.

    Miller cited the Navy’s shipboard Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services program — more commonly known as CANES — as an example where innovative technologies are needed. “CANES isn’t your old school network, it’s a data center,” Miller said.

    SSC Atlantic is primarily a Navy Working Capital Fund organization composed of nearly 4,500 civil service employees, including more than 240 new professionals and more than 120 military members. Top sponsors are the Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I) which designs, acquires and deploys CANES, and the Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC). SSC Atlantic plays an integral role in modernizing MCSC’s systems and business information technology (IT), and is currently designing network upgrades that ensure cybersecurity.

    Naval Sea Systems Command is another valued sponsor, who, according to Miller, spends more on IT modernization and cybersecurity than the rest of the Navy. “Our workload for them [NAVSEA] is growing quickly,” he said.

    SSC Atlantic delivers mission-critical information warfare capabilities to the warfighter, such as satellite communication, navigation, networking systems, intelligence and cyber operations, and has strategically located detachments spanning five continents and seven time zones.

    “It’s important for us to be close to the fleet,” Miller said. “Where the Navy goes, we go. In all places, the mission is the same.” 

    SSC Atlantic has a wide variety of hard-charging teams that work with partners in industry, academia and government agencies such as the National Security Agency, Office of Naval Research and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. These teams include Fleet C4I Readiness, Expeditionary Warfare, Enterprise Systems, Shore C2ISR and Integration, and Science and Technology.

    Miller also spoke about the need to “grow” the command’s technology as discussed in the SSC Atlantic Technology Strategy, which was developed from the perspective of “technology needs and technology availability.” Growth areas include assured communications, autonomy, cloud computing, cyber warfare, internet of things and mobility solutions, among others.

    Miller explained that technology exchanges are especially beneficial when it comes to fostering discussion about growing future technology. These one-day events provide the opportunity for government and industry subject matter experts to engage in meaningful dialogue about issues and solutions during plenary sessions and on a one-to-one basis.

    “Technology exchanges are where we will start to build a pipeline [of talent and innovation],” Miller said.

    SSC Atlantic provides systems engineering and acquisition to deliver information warfare capabilities to the naval, joint and national warfighter through the acquisition, development, integration, production, test, deployment, and sustainment of interoperable command, control, communication, computers, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, cyber and information technology capabilities.

    - USN

    Cutline:

    SSC Atlantic Executive Director Chris Miller served as keynote speaker at a meeting of the Tidewater Association of Service Contractors (TASC) in Norfolk, VA in October. Other SSC Atlantic employees also presented overviews on command contracting and small business. The event provided an opportunity for conversation and collaboration between government and industry. U.S. Navy photo by Jerry Sekerak.


  • 13 Jul 2018 8:17 PM | Kenneth McMahon (Administrator)

    Press Release                                                   United States Navy

    Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic

    Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Office

    Contact: Jack O’Neill, john.oneill1@navy.mil

    Desk: 843.218.3342

    June 27, 2018

    -#18-041

    SPAWAR AWARDS IWRP OTA TO ADVANCED

    TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL

    By SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic Public Affairs

    CHARLESTON, S.C. – On behalf of the Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Command, SPAWAR Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic has awarded an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) for its Information Warfare Research Project (IWRP) to Advanced Technology International for the IWRP Consortium management. It is valued at $100 million over a three-year period. The IWRP OT award is the result of efforts across the SPAWAR enterprise to provide an acquisition strategy for use across the systems centers and Program Executive Offices (PEOs) that enables rapidly advancing information warfare technologies and innovation delivery to the fleet.

     

    “The IWRP OTA will accelerate acquisition and bring non-traditional sources, research and development labs, and industry together to provide new, innovative information warfare solutions,” said Rear Adm. C.D. Becker, commander of SPAWAR Systems Command.

    Under the OTA construct, Advanced Technology International of Summerville, South Carolina, will be the Consortium Management Firm (CMF) that will manage a group of traditional and non-traditional Defense contractors who will complete prototype projects for the government. The consortium will facilitate competition for individual projects initiated by SPAWAR that align to its technology needs, in addition to fostering a mechanism for industry to provide independent ideas and concepts to the government for consideration. The consortium is being formed and will open immediately to industry registrants. Topics will open for competition beginning as early as August 2018.

    The IWRP OTA is a flexible, streamlined acquisition tool that allows organizations across the SPAWAR enterprise to engage with non-traditional industry partners and academia to pursue opportunities to research, develop and prototype technologies that advance naval information warfare capabilities. The approach will reduce barriers to entry for industry and foster teaming, while leveraging advanced commercial technologies. It is centered on the areas of cyber warfare, cloud computing, data science and analytic technologies, assured communications, enterprise resource tools, collaboration and social networking, autonomy, mobility, assured command and control, integrated fires, model-based systems engineering, on-demand manufacturing and embedded systems in the “Internet of Things (IoT).” The IWRP OTA has the ability to flex to include new information warfare technologies that are identified based on the Navy’s emerging needs.

    SSC Atlantic first announced the IWRP OTA during an Industry Day in February 2018 designed to give prospective offerors an understanding of the OTA strategy and to define the 14 technical scope areas the systems centers are exploring to advance naval information warfare capabilities. “We are truly doing something different and unique here,” Executive Director Chris Miller told more than 200 attendees at the Industry Day. He pointed out the IWRP OTA strategy aligns with clear signals from the Chief of Naval Operations to expand and strengthen our network of partners, and with SSC Atlantic’s strategic goal of accelerating and streamlining capability delivery. “The IWRP will allow us to take advantage of commercially developed capabilities that are keeping pace with emerging technologies; technologies and innovation that we cannot take advantage of in a FAR-based contract environment,” Miller said. 

    Congress broadened the DoD’s authority to use OTA provisions as part of the 2016 Defense Authorization Bill. SSC Atlantic Deputy Executive Director Bill Deligne, who leveraged OTAs in his previous position as executive director of Naval Sea Systems Command, stressed the value of the IWRP OTA as an enabler of rapid research and prototyping and increased access to innovative commercial solutions. “This mechanism is faster and more attuned to getting something quickly that we want today, as opposed to traditional federal acquisition,” Deligne said. “While speed is a critical element, reaching beyond the traditional DoD industrial base, further into the commercial sector to capture new, innovative solutions, is also a key element of the IWRP,” he added.

    Since the SPAWAR enterprise has a presence at Navy installations around the world, this ground-breaking initiative will enable use of the national consortium approach with a global area of influence.

    Watch a video about how to engage with the IWRP at https://youtu.be/XsPFPRMtnbk

    For more information, contact:

    Don Sallee, SPAWAR IWRP Program Manager

    donald.sallee@navy.mil

    To register for the consortium, visit:

    Advanced Technology International (ATI)

    https://www.ati.org/information_warfare_research_project_iwrp/

    -USN-


  • 19 Jun 2018 4:42 PM | Kenneth McMahon (Administrator)

    <from Mr. Joe Yurso>

    I have been working VADM Al Konetzni and RADM Clark Orzalli and others to establish a Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery for USS Thresher.  We started with a letter writing campaign to the director of the cemetery, which was very successful.  We had thousands of letters including over 500 that were turned in at the 55th Annual service in Kittery on 7 April.  We just started fundraising - so am trying to get the word out to anyone I know who might have an interest.  If you have received this request from another source - I apologize for filling your inbox.

    Although the monument is not very expensive, we also have to have funding for "perpetual care" so that it never becomes a burden to the taxpayer.  We also have formed a 501c3, have submitted, but have not yet achieved our status with the IRS.  Once this occurs donations will be retroactively be tax deductible.

    Unfortunately, we cannot wait.  Arlington is space constrained and our indications are that they will change the rules again for erecting a monument in non-burial areas like those that ours is planned for.  We have been encouraged to submit our package in July for the next docket of the review board in August/September.

    Find the link to our website:

    www.threshermemorial.org

    and fundraising page

    http://www.threshermemorial.org/fundraising.html

    Would you please pass to those in your network who you might be interested in supporting us?

    I am concerned that this might be the last chance to get a monument to the

    129 who perished over 55 years ago.  I know it would be appropriate to have a monument to them and their SUBSAFE legacy in our Nations Cemetery.

    Warmest Regards

    Joe


  • 05 Mar 2018 8:40 AM | Kelly Bose (Administrator)

    Serve or lead in this local non-profit organization. Opportunities include limited time commitment options. 

    Leadership position: Vice President

    Committees: Arrangements, Programs, Membership, Communications

    For more information contact: Michael Klett <Michael.Klett@kcg-inc.net>; Paul Heim pheim@wrsystems.com; or Kelly Bose <kbose@fti-net.com>

     

  • 05 Feb 2018 5:51 PM | Kenneth McMahon (Administrator)


    Press Release                                        United States Navy

    Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic

    Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Office

    Contact: Jack O’Neill, john.oneill1@navy.mil

    Desk: 843.218.3342

    February 1, 2018

    -#18-020

    SSC Atlantic Unveils Information Warfare Research Project

    By Susan Piedfort, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic Public Affairs

     

         CHARLESTON, S.C. – Space and Naval Warfare Systems Centers (SSC) Atlantic and Pacific leaders shared information about new contracting opportunities using Other Transaction Authority (OTA) as an alternative to the traditional acquisition process, Feb. 1.

    During an Industry Day in North Charleston they unveiled the Information Warfare Research Project (IWRP) OTA and discussed how the system centers' information warfare capabilities will increase by encouraging non-traditional industry partners and academia to participate in Department of Defense (DOD) acquisition.

    Congress broadened DOD’s authority to use OTAs as part of the 2016 Defense authorization bill. This flexible, streamlined acquisition tool offers opportunities for research, development and prototyping of underlying technologies that advance capabilities in the areas of cyber warfare, cloud computing, data science and analytic technologies, model-based systems engineering, on-demand manufacturing and embedded systems in the “Internet of Things (IoT).”

    Under the OTA construct, a third-party firm or institution will manage a consortium of traditional and non-traditional Defense contractors who can prototype work in the specified technology areas. Consortium members would then compete for individual projects by submitting proposals in response to the technology needs of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). SPAWAR plans to spend approximately $100 million in the effort. Awards for specific projects could begin as soon as fall 2018.

    At the Industry Day, SSC Atlantic and Pacific leaders focused on 14 technology areas that advance naval information warfare capabilities and how this consortium can support research, development and prototyping. Through briefs and a question and answer session, they gave prospective offerors an understanding of the OTA strategy and technical scope areas.

    SSC Atlantic Deputy Executive Director Bill Deligne stressed the IWRP OTA value as an enabler of rapid research and prototyping and increased access to innovative commercial solutions.

    “This is a new way of doing business for us and we are very excited about it,” said Deligne, who used the vehicle in his previous position as executive director of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).

    “IWRP OTA will enable research with industry in the information warfare domain and allow us to take research ideas rapidly through prototype and production,” Deligne said. “This mechanism is faster and more attuned to getting something quickly that we want today, as opposed to the traditional Federal Acquisition Regulations,” he added.

    “While speed is a critical element, reaching beyond the traditional DOD industrial base further into the commercial sector to capture new, innovative solutions is also a key element of the IWRP,” said Deligne.

    Executive Director Chris Miller told more than 200 attendees at the Industry Day that their feedback will be critical as SSC Atlantic embarks on this unique opportunity.

    “We are truly doing something different and unique here,” he said. “We’ve learned a lot about setting up an OTA from other organizations, but we will need your input. We will definitely be in a receive mode and we go through this.”  Miller pointed out the IWRP OTA strategy aligns with clear signal from the Chief of Naval Operations to expand and strengthen our network of partners, and with SSC Atlantic’s strategic goal of accelerating and streamlining capability delivery.

    As part of the Naval Research and Development Establishment (NR&DE), Miller noted that SSC Atlantic is already engaged with the Office of Naval Research and other Navy systems commands. NR&DE is comprised of scientists, engineers, mathematicians and supporting technical personnel who conduct Navy research, development, test and evaluation.  NR&DE encompasses the technical resources required to explore, develop and field future naval warfighting capabilities, such as laboratories, test facilities and test ranges. Since SSC Atlantic and SSC Pacific have a presence at Navy installations around the world, OTAs will enable the SPAWAR enterprise to use the national consortium approach with a global area of influence.

    All questions and answers from the Industry Day will be posted to SPAWAR E-Commerce under “OTA Public Affairs”  in the SSC Atlantic Market Survey section (https://e-commerce.sscno.nmci.navy.mil/). All Industry Day presentation material will be available to prospective offerors via the same E-Commerce section. Prospective offerors are encouraged subscribe to the solicitation (PA) on SPAWAR E-Commerce.

    SPAWAR identifies, develops, delivers and sustains information warfighting capabilities supporting naval, joint, coalition and other national missions. SPAWAR consists of more than 10,000 active duty military and civil service professionals located around the world and close to the fleet to keep SPAWAR at the forefront of research, engineering and acquisition to provide and sustain information warfare capabilities to the fleet.

     

    SSC Atlantic provides systems engineering and acquisition to deliver information warfare capabilities to the naval, joint and national warfighter through the acquisition, development, integration, production, test, deployment, and sustainment of interoperable command, control, communication, computers, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (C4ISR), cyber and information technology (IT) capabilities.

    For more information visit http://www.public.navy.mil/spawar/Atlantic.

     

    -USN-

     

    Cutlines:

    180201-N-GB257-001 Charleston, S.C. (Feb. 1, 2018) Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic Deputy Executive Director William Deligne stresses the value of the Information Warfare Research Project (IWRP) as an enabler of rapid research and prototyping and increased access to innovative commercial solutions. SSC Atlantic and Pacific leadership hosted an Industry Day where they also shared information about new contracting opportunities using Other Transaction Authority (OTA) as an alternative to the traditional acquisition process. SSC Atlantic develops, acquires and provides life cycle support for command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems, information technology and space capabilities. A leading-edge Navy engineering center, SSC Atlantic designs, builds, tests, fields and supports many of the finest frontline C4ISR systems in use today, and those being planned for the future. (U.S. Navy photo by Joe Bullinger/Released)

     

     


  • 05 Feb 2018 5:32 PM | Kenneth McMahon (Administrator)

    Press Release United States Navy
    Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic
    Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Office
    Contact: Jack O’Neill, john.oneill1@navy.mil
    Desk: 843.218.3342 
    January 30, 2018
    -#18-019
    SSC Atlantic Gets Innovative, Agile by Teaming with Small Business
    By Maison Piedfort, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic Public Affairs

     

         CHARLESTON, S.C. – It takes flexibility, innovation and efficiency to put the best information warfare products in the hands of warfighters. Small business partnerships play a big role in meeting these needs at Space
    and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic. 
         This is what drives SSC Atlantic’s Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) to meet, and usually exceed, a goal of awarding at least 32 percent of all total eligible obligated dollars on prime contracts to small business
    concerns each year. 
         According to Robin Rourk, deputy director, OSBP SSC Atlantic, small business partnerships play a crucial role in staying agile enough to support the warfighter mission. 
        “Typically our small business partners are more innovative and flexible, and are more focused on meeting our warfighter mission,” Rourk said. “Helping the warfighter – that’s their passion.”
         SSC Atlantic Executive Director Chris Miller agrees. “Small business partnerships are key in our mission to stay on the forefront of delivering the best [command, control, communications, computers, intelligence,
    surveillance and reconnaissance] solutions to our nation’s warfighters,” said Miller. 
         The purpose of the small business program is to set aside certain acquisitions exclusively for small business participation to permit a fair opportunity to compete for government contract dollars. Under the Small Business Act, the Department of Defense (DoD) has statutory targets, and acquisition agencies like SSC Atlantic have proposed targets for a percentage of all eligible obligated dollars on prime contracts awarded to small business concerns. 
         SSC Atlantic’s OSBP achieves these targets by cultivating relationships through clear and transparent communication with small businesses looking to win government contracts. SSC Atlantic also facilitates
    networking and training through their quarterly Small Business and Industry Outreach Initiative (SBIOI) Symposiums in Charleston, South Carolina. 
        "The first thing I say to small business at these gatherings is, ‘We can't do it without you!’ These are great opportunities for industry to network with other small businesses in a neutral, non-competitive environment,” said
    Miller. 
         What makes SSC Atlantic so adept at meeting their outreach goals and facilitating small business growth? Rourk attributes much of the OSBP’s success to the robustness of its outreach events. “Our quarterly small
    business outreach is specific to SSC Atlantic and specific to contract opportunities. We host monthly industry luncheons with local nonprofits. We have quarterly technical exchanges, which include a panel discussion and one-on-one sessions,” said Rourk.
         Ida Lirette is the Associate Deputy Director of OSBP SSC Atlantic, supporting small business efforts in New Orleans.  “The OSBP in New Orleans also meets on demand with small businesses in the Gulf Coast region to counsel them on how to do business with SSC Atlantic and where we post all our information,” Rourk added. 
         These outreach programs and the wealth of information they provide are no doubt major contributing factors in the OSBP exceeding its small business award targets for the past five years. The percentage of total available contract dollars awarded to small business continues to increase: 35 percent in 2015, 38 percent in 2016 and 41 percent in 2017. Still, for the small business, navigating through the government acquisition process can present roadblocks. 

         “A lot of small businesses will come to me and say, ‘I don’t have any past performance, I don’t have any experience.’ They feel like they can really make a difference, yet they don’t know how to get started because past
    performance is a factor for winning contracts,” Rourk said. 
         When asked how she advises small businesses to work around this challenge, Rourk says her number one recommendation is to get in touch with an experienced company and work with them as a subcontractor. “We
    encourage them to attend a quarterly outreach event, and network with a company that understands our model. For those new entrants, we encourage them to build relationships through a subcontract,” she said. 
         Another way to stand out as a young small business capable of taking on government contracts is to hone in on a niche. It’s small, specialized firms like these that help SSC Atlantic succeed in its technical growth areas like
    cyber, cloud computing and data science analytics. Rourk recounts one of the OSBP’s biggest success stories, a woman-owned, small, disadvantaged business that became a niche-based manufacturer specializing in supporting our Marine Corps division. 
         “They were awarded an 8(a) contract through the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program. This contract enabled them to grow over the years and obtain other DoD contracts. It’s rewarding to watch that growth,” said Rourk. Mutually beneficial relationships like these are key for enabling SSC Atlantic to provide better information warfare solutions to the warfighter.
         SPAWAR Systems Command (SPAWARSYSCOM) won the DoD’s Verdure Award for its efforts to promote small businesses in fiscal year 2015. The Verdure Award is a part of the DoD's Vanguard Awards Program, which
    recognizes the exemplary contributions of small business professionals or members of acquisition teams that influence small business participation in defense procurement. SPAWARSYSCOM’s OSBP was also awarded the
    Department of the Navy Secretary’s Cup in 2017 for its contributions to the Navy’s small business mission.  
         But an award-winning small business program is not possible without executive support. Rourk attributes the OSBP’s success in hitting small business targets to leadership buy-in. 
        “With the commanding officer and executive and deputy executive directors emphasizing our mission internally and externally, publishing articles, speaking at quarterly events and luncheons, and supporting the
    Contracts Industry Council, it’s clear we have leadership’s full support,” she said. “And it’s this leadership support that sets us up to succeed.”
         Miller’s support is highly visible at all SSC Atlantic sites through his appearances at outreach events or his blog posts on the benefits of working with small business. 
        “At end of the day, we are looking for partnerships that help us promote and recognize innovative ideas and translate them into information warfare solutions for our warfighters. What we need from industry is what small
    business gives us: agility, efficiency and innovation,” Miller said. “Together, we form an amazing team.”
         For industry representatives interested in partnering with SSC Atlantic, a current, detailed contracts listing is posted at http://www.public.navy.mil/spawar/Atlantic/Pages/Home.aspx. SSC Atlantic’s E-Commerce portal can be found at https://e-commerce.sscno.nmci.navy.mil. 
         SSC Atlantic provides systems engineering and acquisition to deliver information warfare capabilities to the naval, joint and national warfighter through the acquisition, development, integration, production, test,
    deployment, and sustainment of interoperable command, control, communication, computers, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (C4ISR), cyber and information technology (IT) capabilities. For more information visit http://www.public.navy.mil/spawar/Atlantic.

     

    -USN-

     

    Cutlines:


    170907-N-GB257-002 Charleston, S.C. (Sept. 7, 2017) The Deputy Director for Space and Naval Warfare
    Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic’s Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) Robin Rourk (2nd from left), speaks
    with attendees at the Charleston Defense Contractors Association’s 46th quarterly Small Business and Industry
    Outreach Initiative (SBIOI) Symposium. Small business partnerships play a crucial role in SSC Atlantic’s agile
    and innovative support of warfighter missions. SSC Atlantic develops, acquires and provides life cycle support for
    command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems,
    information technology and space capabilities. A leading-edge Navy engineering center, SSC Atlantic designs,
    builds, tests, fields and supports many of the finest frontline C4ISR systems in use today, and those being planned
    for the future. (U.S. Navy photo by Joe Bullinger/Released)

     

    171208-N-GB257-001 Charleston, S.C. (Dec. 8, 2017)  Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic
    Deputy Executive Director William Deligne talks about areas of emphasis that are driving SSC Atlantic’s mission
    to support the warfighter, and how small business can have an impact. Deligne spoke during the Charleston
    Defense Contractors Association’s 46th quarterly Small Business and Industry Outreach Initiative (SBIOI)
    Symposium. SSC Atlantic develops, acquires and provides life cycle support for command, control,
    communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems, information
    technology and space capabilities. A leading-edge Navy engineering center, SSC Atlantic designs, builds, tests,
    fields and supports many of the finest frontline C4ISR systems in use today, and those being planned for the
    future. (U.S. Navy photo by Joe Bullinger/Released)

     

    170907-N-GB257-001 Charleston, S.C. (Sept. 7, 2017)  Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic
    Executive Director Chris Miller discusses recent achievements at SSC Atlantic during the Charleston Defense
    Contractors Association’s 45th quarterly Small Business and Industry Outreach Initiative (SBIOI) Symposium.
    SSC Atlantic develops, acquires and provides life cycle support for command, control, communications,
    computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems, information technology and space
    capabilities. A leading-edge Navy engineering center, SSC Atlantic designs, builds, tests, fields and supports
    many of the finest frontline C4ISR systems in use today, and those being planned for the future. (U.S. Navy photo
    by Joe Bullinger/Released)

  • 17 Mar 2017 10:20 PM | Kelly Bose (Administrator)
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  • 10 Mar 2017 12:30 PM | Kelly Bose (Administrator)

    A couple years ago a customer asked me why I’m a defense contractor. He, a retired Marine, and I, a retired Sailor, often exchanged quips and sea stories laughing about shared past experiences - often feeling a bit aged. My serious quick response caught me off guard nearly as much as it did him. “I’m still serving.” Pregnant pause, awkward. What did I mean by that? I’ve reflected on that moment several times since. And even more as I complete this year in my role as President of TASC (Tidewater Association of Service Contractors).

    Why am I a contractor? Why spend the time in this small local group? TASC has been around for 30 years. When TASC was founded, in the late 80’s, the Department of Defense made a conscience decision to outsource anything not determined to be inherently governmental. Personally I could be the attorney for the prosecution or the defense on the subject. Statistics could be manipulated to show which is a better cost savings, pay contractors now and avoid long term costs associated with retirement of government employees, or keep more government and active duty roles. Classic pay now or pay later. The TASC mission of promoting integrity and competition in contracts, facilitating communication between the government and contractors is a worthy cause - especially when you think of your current work as a mere continuation of service. Serving those who serve. Being good stewards of our tax dollars, and the precious Navy funding I once worked so hard to get programmed and budgeted.

    Why do I spend time on this TASC activity anyway? The whole work-life balance equation means, like most everyone, juggling between work, family, raising children and managing carpools; staying current with professional education while also teaching Sunday School, being a wife, mother, manager, coach, golf mom; reading about foreign-policy, taking graduate classes, cleaning, washing, shopping--life is demanding. Overwhelming at times. So I’m always looking for that BOGO (Buy One Get One). Multitasking. A few years ago, after I attended a Regent University leadership luncheon and heard John Maxwell speak, I subscribed to the Maxwell bible--terrific: one email provides a bible verse and a leadership lesson. I realized TASC is like that. Where else can you spend a lunch with friends, colleagues, and others who view being a contractor as the opportunity to serve, while also doing business development or marketing for your day job, combined with professional development and collecting donations for the Virginia Wounded Warriors? Way more than a BOGO: meeting people with all different backgrounds--TASC board and membership includes not just contractors but lawyers, accountants, cleaning company owners, IT experts. TASC is comprised of a full spectrum of professionals.

    TASC sponsors the Tidewater Government Industry Council (TGIC). TGIC is a unique forum providing a way for contractors and government customers to discuss current issues impacting services contracts including unintended consequences of policy decisions, providing written comments and inputs to DoD leaders.

    TASC provides community service: Navy Seal Foundation fundraiser combined with special viewing of Lone Survivor, a social at a brewery while collecting donations for cribs for new struggling parents. Where else? TASC. Again, way more than a BOGO.

    Often at work we’re dealing with red tape, playing mother-may-I with corporate HQ, complying with the FAR. Not so with TASC, totally local run and lead, governed by our all-volunteer board and guided by our by laws. Again unique.

    Join us. Let’s start a new 30 years. kelly.bose@drs.com or on our linkedin site TASC-TGIC.

  • 22 Feb 2017 8:53 PM | Kelly Bose (Administrator)

    Join us for the 2017 TASC annual meeting where we will recap the past year, preview the 2017 Industry Day schedule and spend a social hour with members. This free event is open to members plus 1 guest, so bring a friend!

    Voting instructions will be promulgated soon with voting in person, by proxy or electronically.

    Results will be announced and new officers introduced.

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