DoN OSBP Speaks at NSWC IHEODTD Industry Day

Original Article by The BayNet.com

“Today is about partnerships and opening lines of communication between NSWC Indian Head EOD Technology Division and the business community.  And for those of you from small businesses, don’t let the technical nature of what we do intimidate you.  We also have needs for routine business support,” said NSWC IHEODTD Technical Director, Ashley Johnson. “Ultimately, we’re all here to support the Navy and Marine Corps team, and increase warfighting capability and capacity.” U.S. Navy photo by Matthew Poynor.

Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD) hosted an Industry Day at the College of Southern Maryland Center for Business and Industry in La Plata, Md., Nov. 4.

Nearly 200 participants attended the event to get a basic understanding of the Division and learn about potential contracting and/or subcontracting opportunities.

“If we are going to succeed in our mission – provide solutions to our warfighters, we need the support of industry partners,” said NSWC IHEODTD Commanding Officer Capt. Vincent Martinez.  “Industry Days such as this give us an opportunity to help you understand our current and projected needs.”

“Today is about partnerships and opening lines of communication between NSWC Indian Head EOD Technology Division and the business community.  And for those of you from small businesses, don’t let the technical nature of what we do intimidate you.  We also have needs for routine business support,” continued NSWC IHEODTD Technical Director, Ashley Johnson. “Ultimately, we’re all here to support the Navy and Marine Corps team, and increase warfighting capability and capacity.”

Guest speaker Alyse Bullock, Economic Industry Analyst , Assistant Director for the Secretary of the Navy’s Small Business Programs, discussed accomplishments and updates to the Small Business Accessible Market.

“Our office is the advocate for small businesses.  We look for opportunities, develop products and help establish policies that allow small businesses to support our Sailors and Marines throughout the Department of the Navy,” said Bullock.  “The Department of the Navy has a significant amount of funding each fiscal year obligated to programs that, at the prime contracting level, are awarded principally to other-than-small businesses. These are areas where the small business industry has little or no industry to support the requirements in areas such as, major shipbuilding, nuclear reactors, winged aircraft, and weapon systems. Because these areas are not always accessible to small business, the Navy developed the Small Business Accessible Market, or SBAM, to gauge how Navy performs in markets and industries where small business has an opportunity to compete for awards.”

Following speakers and projection briefs, attendees spent time at displays from the Division’s technical departments to learn more about the product lines supported.  For those unable to attend the event, materials presented at the Industry Day event are available online at www.navsea.navy.mil/nswc/indianhead/workWithUs/IndustryDayPresentations.aspx.

NSWC IHEODTD – a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command and part of the Navy’s Science and Engineering Enterprise – is the leader in ordnance, energetics and EOD solutions. The Division focuses on energetics research, development, testing, evaluation, in-service support and disposal; and provides warfighters solutions to detect, locate, access, identify, render safe, recover, exploit and dispose of explosive ordnance threats.

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