Special Tour of MCAS Miramar, San Diego

Special Tour of MCAS Miramar, San DiegoOsprey MV-22

San Diego Chapter meeting and tour on October 27

Please join us in San Diego on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 for a special tour of the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (networking at 7:00am, meeting and tour 7:30am-10:30am).

The tour will include, besides seeing the base from the bus, the following:

  • Flight line tour: we will tour the flight line from the bus.
  • Visit with an aircraft: Three types of aircraft are in typical use at Miramar: Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, FA-18 Hornet Jet, and the CH-53 Super Stallion Helicopter. We have requested to visit the Osprey, but which one we visit will depend on flight operations that morning. We will be able to get up close and personal with the aircraft and the squadron personnel. Some may get a chance to sit in the cockpit.
  • Visit to the MCAS Miramar Control Tower: This is the really unique part of the tour and the reason why the group is limited to 15. We will be able to go to the top of the Control Tower and observe the Air Traffic Control and Ground Control Approach Room

To cover costs, the tour is $15 for A&D Forum members (who have exclusive access until October 6) and $25 for non-members (after October 6). You must RSVP by 8pm PST Monday, October 19. For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adfsdoct15.eventbrite.com.

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

The San Diego chapter was founded by Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton and Frontier Associates, and is sponsored by Moss Adams, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and LevitZacks.

“2015 M&A Outlook and Practical Implications for the San Diego Small Business Defense Contractor”

“2015 M&A Outlook and Practical Implications
for the San Diego Small Business Defense Contractor”
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San Diego Chapter meeting on September 22

Exit strategies are an important topic for all companies in the A&D community. Many small business contractors make decisions every day that have potential impacts on their exit strategy including: which programs to pursue, bid strategy decisions, teaming agreements, contract awards and contractor performance.

This event will provide contractors with current market information on M&A trends and multiples and to discuss specific business decisions and practices that may impact your ultimate company valuation.

Please join us in San Diego on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 (registration & Networking: 5:30-6:15pm, meeting: 6:15-7:45pm PST), when a diverse panel of experts will provide specific insights that may help guide your decision process. Panelists include John Gaffney (Managing Principal, Renaissance Strategic Advisors), Michael Fink (VP Contracts, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions), Robert Pennoyer (President, Mission Solutions, Epsilon Systems), and Ed Lake (Moderator, Managing Director, Shoreline Partners, LLC).

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until September 15). For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adfsdsep15.eventbrite.com.

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

The San Diego chapter was founded by Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton and Frontier Associates, and is sponsored by Moss Adams, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and LevitZacks.

“SPAWAR: A Perspective on the Road Ahead”

“SPAWAR: A Perspective on the Road Ahead” spawar

San Diego Chapter meeting on July 28

As the Navy’s Information Dominance systems command and technical lead for C4ISR, the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR, pronounced spā-wôr) provides the hardware and software to connect our warfighters at sea, on land and in the air. SPAWAR supports the full lifecycle of product and service delivery from the initial research and development, to acquisition and deployment, to operations and logistics support..

Please join us in San Diego on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 (registration & networking: 5:30-6:15pm, meeting: 6:15-7:45pm PST), when Patrick M. Sullivan, Executive Director, SPAWAR, will address the following questions:
• What areas are most important and likely to be funded in the nearterm?
• How does SPAWAR view sequestration and other budgetary issues?
• How do SPAWAR’s cybersecurity priorities and funding translate into opportunities for contractors?

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until July 21). For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adfsdjul15.eventbrite.com.

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

The San Diego chapter was founded by Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton and Frontier Associates, and is sponsored by Moss Adams, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and LevitZacks.

“New Rules for DoD Acquisitions”

“New Rules for DoD Acquisitions”Better Buying Power 3.0

San Diego Chapter meeting on May 19

Come and get an insight into the new rules government PMs and acquisition folks have to follow. Contractors still need to be responsive to the rules of an RFP. However, such an insight can help you know how to tweak some areas of the response to better meet what you now know they need or must focus on to satisfy DoD and thus make your proposals more relevant; or you can be sure to use the right words; or you can offer an option for other things you know they need.

Please join us in San Diego on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 (networking at 5:30pm, meeting and refreshments 6:00– 7:30pm PST), when Woody Spring, Professor of Systems Engineering, Defense Acquisition University, will explain the Better Buying Power initiatives, and clarify what’s new in BBP 3.0, and why. All those selling to the Dept. of Defense need to understand this guidance, as it is impacting the way DoD does business in acquiring products and services.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until May 12). For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adfsdmay15.eventbrite.com.

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

The San Diego chapter was founded by Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton and Frontier Associates, and is sponsored by Moss Adams, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and LevitZacks.

“Cross-Border Opportunities in Mexican Aerospace”

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San Diego Chapter meeting on March 24

The Mexican aerospace industry has grown dramatically in the past 10 years, not only in its traditional home of Queretaro state, but now in Baja California. Mexican aerospace has grown from 100 U.S. and European manufacturers in 2004 to over 300 in 2014.

Mexico offers U.S. aerospace firms several advantages for their business, including: a highly educated engineering workforce (including design and manufacturing engineering) an advantageous cost structure, and a very friendly regulatory environment, with easy access to U.S. and international markets.

Please join us in San Diego on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 (networking at 5:00pm, meeting and refreshments 5:30– 7:30pm PST), when a panel will provide practical insights and guidance to U.S. aerospace firms doing business in Mexico, both as an end market, as well as a source of operating and business advantages. Our panel will include representatives from industry, as well as export and trade oriented organizations:

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until March 17). For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adfsdmar15.eventbrite.com.

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

The San Diego chapter was founded by Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton and Frontier Associates, and is sponsored by Moss Adams, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and LevitZacks.

Special Tour of MCAS Miramar, San Diego

Special Tour of MCAS Miramar, San DiegoCH-53 Super Stallion Helicopters

San Diego Chapter tour on February 6

Please join us in San Diego on Friday, February 6, 2015 for a special tour of the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (networking at 7:00am, meeting and tour 7:30am-12:00pm, lunch 12:30-1:30pm).

Colonel John Farnam, MCAS Miramar Commanding Officer, will welcome us, followed by a brief overview of the day and logistics. Besides seeing the base from a bus we will 1) visit (and experience) CH-53 Super Stallion Helicopters and Aviation Crew simulators that are used for training and 2) visit with CH-53 Super Stallion Helicopter & FA-18 Hornet Jet squadrons, see the aircraft up close and even get to sit in a cockpit. The event will conclude with a catered lunch at the Officers Club.

To cover costs, the tour is $25 for A&D Forum members (who have exclusive access until January 26) and $45 for non-members (after January 26). You must RSVP by COB Monday, Feb 2. For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adfsdfeb15.eventbrite.com.

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

The San Diego chapter was founded by Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton and Frontier Associates, and is sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Moss Adams.

“Identifying & Pursuing Revenue Opportunities in Cybersecurity”

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San Diego Chapter meeting on January 29

Please join us in San Diego on the evening of Thursday, January 29, 2015 (networking at 5:00pm, meeting 5:30– 7:00pm PST), when a distinguished panel of experts will address how San Diego companies can identify and pursue revenue opportunities in cybersecurity.

This joint meeting of the San Diego Chapter of the A&D Forum and CyberTECH will begin with briefings by SPAWAR San Diego and Gary Hayslip, Deputy Director, Chief Information Security Officer, Department of Information Technology, City of San Diego, to discuss the specific cyber capabilities (products, tools and services) that they will likely be acquiring over the next couple of years. Then Shirley Adams, Vice President, Navy & Marine Corps Services; General Dynamics Information Technology, will describe the “process” for finding and responding to bids and a general discussion on bid process.

This will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Darin Andersen, founder of CyberTECH and Cyber United, and audience Q&A.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum and CyberTECH members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until January 19). You must RSVP by January 26. For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adfsdjan15.eventbrite.com.

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

The San Diego chapter was founded by Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton and Frontier Associates, and is sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Moss Adams.

“Growth & Diversification – A Value Imperative”

“Growth & Diversification – A Value Imperative”

San Diego Chapter meeting on October 28diversification and performance

Everyone knows that government contractors face numerous challenges today, including budget cuts and delays of contract awards. While today’s challenges have their own specific causes and effects, the government contracting environment has always been marked by challenges. What distinguishes the winners from the losers in challenging environments over the short and long term?

Please join us in San Diego on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 (networking at 7:00am, meeting 7:30– 9:00am PST), when Larry Trammell, CEO of TechFlow, Inc., will describe how, for over 25 years, his businesses have grown an average of over 30% per year. You will learn techniques Larry has used to optimize indirect rates, profits and overall enterprise value and hear Larry’s views on the critical role that corporate culture plays on the success (or failure) of a business unit.

Please join us for this practical and interactive discussion on achieving success in the public sector year after year.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until October 21). For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adfsdoct14.eventbrite.com.

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

The San Diego chapter was founded by Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton and Frontier Associates, and is sponsored by Capital Edge Consulting, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, LevitZacks, Opus Bank and BNY Mellon Wealth Management.

“The UAV Market Opportunity and Southern California”

“The UAV Market Opportunity and Southern California”

San Diego Chapter meeting on September 23puma_ae_web

There has been a lot of press recently about the promise of UAVs in commercial and civil applications, including use of UAVs for delivery, search and rescue, and in the agriculture and energy sectors. But does the hype match the reality? And how long will it take for the promise of UAVs to be realized? For example:
• When will the FAA regulations on commercial use of Small UAVs finally be published and what will the impact be?
• When will the U.S. Market for Commercial use of SUAVs take off?
• What are the applications for SUAVs most likely to get traction in the near term?

Please join us in San Diego on Tuesday, Seotember 23, 2014 (networking at 7:00am, meeting 7:30– 9:00am PST), when a distinguished panel of representatives from some of Southern California’s premier UAV companies will be seeking to answer these and other questions. Panel members are:

• Thomas Cunningham, Head of Acquisition, Investment and Partnering, AeroVironment, Inc.
• Jill Meyers, Head of Project Management, 3D Robotics
• Larry Osborn, EVP and Chief Strategy Officer, Dreamhammer, Inc.
• John Gaffney (Moderator), Managing Principal, Renaissance Strategy Advisors

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until September 16). For more information and to register to attend the meeting go to http://adfsdsep14.eventbrite.com.

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

The San Diego chapter was founded by Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton and Frontier Associates, and is sponsored by Capital Edge Consulting, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, LevitZacks, Opus Bank and BNY Mellon Wealth Management.

Tour of Fleet Readiness Center Southwest

Tour of Fleet Readiness Center Southwest
San Diego Chapter meeting on July 22NorthIsland aircraft

Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) is located at Naval Air Station North Island (San Diego), “the birth place of naval aviation.” The Command provides overhaul, repair, and modification of Navy and Marine Corps front line tactical, logistical, and rotary-wing aircraft and their components, including the F/A-18 Hornet, AV-8B Harrier, H-60 Seahawk, H-53 Super Stallion, E-2C Hawkeye and C-2A Greyhound.

Please join us in San Diego on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 (bus leaves at 7:45am, tour is 8:00-10:15am PST), when we will be briefed on the various services of FRCSW and tour the F/A-18, the manufacturing, the components and the Center Barrel program facilities.

The tour is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members. Registration closes Thursday July 10 at 12 noon PDT. For more information and to register go to http://adfsdjul14.eventbrite.com.

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

The San Diego chapter was founded by Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton and Frontier Associates, and is sponsored by Capital Edge Consulting, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, LevitZacks, Opus Bank and BNY Mellon Wealth Management.