“Where Science Gets Down to Business”

“Where Science Gets Down to Business”cnc-training

Los Angeles Chapter meeting on November 18

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) industries are critical drivers of economic growth. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that seven of the ten fastest growing occupations are in STEM fields, and California is expected to have over 1 million STEM jobs within five years, far more than any other state. Our State’s and indeed our Nation’s future economic success is closely tied to innovation, invention, intellectual property development, entrepreneurialism and preparing a workforce with the talent, creativity, skills and knowledge to innovate in STEM fields.

Kelly Space & Technology, Inc. (KST) is a privately-held company established in 1993 serving the aerospace, defense and technology industry sectors, based in San Bernardino, California at the former Norton Air Force Base. KST operates the Aerospace Research & Development Center (ARDC) as a center of technical excellence to develop, test and deploy critical technologies that provide advancements in defense, aviation and space. KST’s business approach is to identify and deploy revenue-generating, commercial applications of space-related technology while creating financially-viable and sustainable lines of business.

Please join us in Los Angeles on Friday, November 18, 2016, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when Michael J. Gallo, President & CEO, Kelly Space & Technology, will describe how, concurrent with KST’s project development and testing activities, KST and its 501(c)(3) non-profit, Technical Employment Training, Inc., has implemented business-education partnerships to provide our youth and adult students with relevant, exciting, hands-on instruction and training that captures student interest, motivates life-long learning and produces a technologically literate workforce. KST believe this investment in building the capacity of our residents to effectively compete for demand occupations within the various STEM related industries will not only help build our business, but transform our region through educational attainment, workforce investment and economic development.

The meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until November 11). For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adfsdnov16.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, CohnReznick, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, and the 62 Mile Club

“The Air Force Space Command’s Space Enterprise Vision (SEV)”

“The Air Force Space Command’s Space Enterprise Vision (SEV)”sev

Los Angeles Chapter meeting on October 21

There is a concern that the current space enterprise is not resilient enough to be successful in a conflict that extends to space, that current stove piped PoR are unable to survive a war in space with near peer adversaries. It was recognized that we need a future enterprise that can deter, and if necessary prevail, in a war that extends into space.

In August 2015 the Air Force Space Command Commander, Gen Hyten, commissioned a study aimed at charting a new vision for the Air Force space enterprise. Among other findings, the study concluded that “Most US military space systems are not designed with threats in mind and instead are built for long-term functionality and efficiency with systems operating for decades”

Please join us in Los Angeles on Friday, October 21, 2016, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when Thomas A. Fitzgerald, Director of Engineering, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base will talk about SEV Key new focus areas:
• Pursuit of better forecasting, detection and attribution of attacks in a more timely manner
• Movement from just Space Situational Awareness and tracking objects in space to having appropriate defensive and offensive responses and converting many current blue suite tasks to commercial providers, freeing them to “warfight”

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until October 14). For more information and to register to attend the meeting in person or for free via the web, go to https://adflaoct16.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, CohnReznick, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, the 62 Mile Club, and UK Department for International Trade.

“Enabling a New Way of Doing Space”

“Enabling a New Way of Doing Space”Brane-Craft--space-debris.

Los Angeles Chapter meeting on August 19

The current momentum of the space industry is being led by the NewSpace startups, and the impact of this growing segment reaches all aspects of the space industry. As a non-profit company, The Aerospace Corporation has a unique role between the government and industry, and is supporting government agencies as they learn of the implications of NewSpace while also enabling these new companies to grow and achieve success. Aerospace also has its own research laboratories, and demonstrates technologies through its AeroCube satellite program.

Please join us in Los Angeles on Friday, August 19, 2016, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when Dr. Jenny Gautier, Director of Commercial Programs, The Aerospace Corporation, will talk about the commercial space industry as seen from the perspective of a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC).

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until August 12). For more information and to register to attend the meeting in person or for free via the web, go to https://adflaaug16.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, CohnReznick, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, the 62 Mile Club, and UK Trade & Investment.

Tour of Virgin Galactic Long Beach

Tour of Virgin Galactic Long Beachlauncherone

Aerospace & Defense Forum Los Angeles Chapter Meeting on July 15

Virgin Galactic, the privately-funded space company, leases a 150,000 square foot facility in Long Beach that houses design and manufacturing of the company’s small satellite launch vehicle, LauncherOne.

LauncherOne is a new two-stage orbital launch vehicle being designed by Virgin Galactic specifically to launch commercial or governmental satellites that weigh 500 pounds (225 kilograms) or less. Much like SpaceShipTwo, the company’s reusable vehicle for space tourism, LauncherOne is designed to be launched from the WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft, giving customers the ability to avoid crowded and expensive launch ranges while also picking the launch location best suited for their mission.

Please join us in Long Beach on Friday, July 15, 2016, 8:00am – 10:00am for a tour of this exciting facility.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until June 24). Non-US citizens are welcome. Registration is required and closes 8am July 1. For more information and to register to attend the tour go to https://adflajul16.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, CohnReznick, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, the 62 Mile Club, and UK Trade & Investment.

“An Emerging Business Model for Commercial Space”

commercial spacecraft“An Emerging Business Model for Commercial Space”

Los Angeles Chapter meeting on June 17

During the past ten years, the barriers constraining commercial space projects and investments have been reduced through key factors such as the emergence of a robust international commercial space transportation system and non-government management of the International Space Station.

However, the existing portfolio of space ventures nevertheless remains very limited. The conclusion we’re left to draw is that significant barriers remain to full exploitation of the potential that space science offers.

Please join us in Los Angeles on Friday, June 17, 2016, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when Dr. Michael Wiskerchen, Founder of SpaceTech Holdings will discuss the future of space, the changes happening in the industry and the impact on the Southern California economy, and new opportunities created through commercial space initiatives. Join us to gain a better understanding of the potential for commercial space development, investment opportunities, current activity in the greater Los Angeles area, what’s real and what’s not, and why commercial space is or isn’t a good investment opportunity. Whether you are an entrepreneur or established manufacturer, investor, or space enthusiast; Dr. Wiskerchen’s presentation will provide interesting insights into the rapidly changing landscape of commercial space.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until June 10). For more information and to register to attend the meeting in person or for free via the web, go to https://adflajun16.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, CohnReznick, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, the 62 Mile Club, and UK Trade & Investment.

“It’s Not What You Say, It’s What They Hear.”

“It’s Not What You Say, It’s What They Hear.”Listening

Los Angeles Chapter meeting on May 20

Service providers as well as those in the corporate world share the same challenge. How do we clearly articulate our “unique selling proposition” in a way that brings us more prospects and clients.

Please join us in Los Angeles on Friday, May 20, 2016, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when Anne Convery, a “messaging” expert, can show us how to make that happen.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until May 13). For more information and to register to attend the meeting in person or for free via the web, go to https://adflamay16.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, CohnReznick, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, the 62 Mile Club, and UK Trade & Investment.

“The Changing Face of Aerospace in Southern California”

“The Changing Face of Aerospace in Southern California”aerocover2

Los Angeles Chapter meeting on April 15

On March 1, 2016, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, in coordination with the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, released the results of a comprehensive Southern California aerospace industry cluster study.

Please join us in Los Angeles on Friday, April 15, 2016, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), to hear about the aerospace industry’s impact today and the trends that will impact the industry tomorrow from the author herself, LAEDC’s Chief Economist Dr. Christine Cooper. The report describes the highly developed aerospace industry cluster across eight Southern California counties, and provides insight into industry drivers, trends, and the economic contribution of aerospace as an economic engine for the SoCal region.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until April 8). For more information and to register to attend the meeting in person or for free via the web, go to https://adflaapr16.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, CohnReznick, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, the 62 Mile Club, and UK Trade & Investment.

“Small Satellites, Rockets, and other Transformative Innovations in the Space Industry”

“Small Satellites, Rockets, and other Transformative Innovations in the Space Industry”Interorbital Rocket

Masten Space Systems Xaero rocket, photographed on February 14, 2011 at Mojave Airport, CALos Angeles Chapter meeting on March 18

Over the past decade, roughly $2.5 billion has been invested in small satellites; nearly half of that has come in the last 18 months. Data, maritime tracking, and real-time imaging are just a few of the markets driving demand for this rapidly expanding industry.

Please join us in Los Angeles on Friday, March 18, 2016, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), as we talk with three Southern Californian leaders who are capturing the opportunities, and what we should look for in this market. On the panel are Randa Relich Milliron (CoFounder & CEO, Interorbital Systems), David Masten (Founder, Chairman, and Chief Technology Officer, Masten Space Systems), Van Espahbodi (Co-founder & Partner, Starburst Accelerator) and Jeremiah Miller (Moderator) (Financial Planning Specialist, The Alexander Group at Morgan Stanley).

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until March 11). For more information and to register to attend the meeting in person or for free via the web, go to https://adflamar16.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum was founded by Frontier Associates and the 62 Mile Club, and is sponsored by Moss Adams, CohnReznick, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, and UK Trade & Investment.

“Maximizing Enterprise Value: It’s Never too Soon to Start!”

“Maximizing Enterprise Value: It’s Never too Soon to Start!” Nest Egg Retirement

Los Angeles Chapter meeting on February 19

An important presentation for investors and company owners.

The most common statement made by selling private owners at the close: “I wish I had started thinking about selling at least 3-5 years ago and started asking questions and preparing for the sale then. My multiple would have been a lot higher.” If you are an investor (private equity group or venture capital) or a company owner, you shouldn’t miss Larry O’Toole’s presentation when he shares how he was able to meet an owner’s multiple target by starting early and asking the right questions.

As we all know, the aerospace industry is currently experiencing a frenzy of acquisitions.

Selling a business is all about risk. The higher the risk, the lower the value. The lower the risk, the higher the value. As business leaders, it is a primary function of our positions to increase the attractiveness of our businesses and ready them for scrutiny by a potential buyer. Whether you run a department, or an entire business, creating enterprise value is a key part, if not the sole purpose, of the job. Too often, however, thought is given too late in the game.

Please join us in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, February 19, 2016 (networking at 7:00am, meeting 7:30– 9:00am PST), when Larry O’Toole, CEO of Sanders Industries Holdings, Inc. will discuss the tangible and effective steps that can be taken to build enterprise value and, most of all, how to capture it through a liquidity event.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until February 12). For more information and to register to attend the meeting in person or for free via the web, go to https://adflafeb16.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum was founded by Frontier Associates and the 62 Mile Club, and is sponsored by Moss Adams, CohnReznick, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, and UK Trade & Investment.

Tour of General Atomics UAV Flight Test Facility

Tour of General Atomics UAV Flight Test FacilityGA UAV

Los Angeles Chapter meeting on January 22

General Atomics UAV Flight Test Facility (also known as the Gray Butte UAV Site) may be the largest private unmanned aerial vehicle airport in the USA. It is General Atomics’ main test center, where the company’s Predator and Reaper UAVs are regularly flown. The company has operated for years out of the nearby El Mirage Lake airport, which it developed with the CIA, and still uses as well.

Please join us in Palmdale, CA, on Friday, January 22, 2016, 10:00am-12:00pm PDT (breakfast and networking at 9:30am) for a presentation and tour of the Facility. The tour will include a visit to a Ground Control Station, observation of Flight Operations, and a visit to Aircraft Hangars where you can get up close with UAVs and see some of their internal workings.

Attendance is limited to US Citizens. The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until January 7). Advanced registration is required, and registration closes at COB on January 14. For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to https://adflajan16.eventbrite.com.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Los Angeles chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum was founded by Frontier Associates and the 62 Mile Club, and is sponsored by Moss Adams, Sheppard Mullin, CohnReznick, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, and UK Trade & Investment.