Save the Date: GMU, DAU’s Annual Government Contracting Conference, Oct. 6

George Mason University and the Defense Acquisition University will host their second annual Government Contracting Conference on Oct. 6.

Held over three different dates, the event will follow the theme of government contracting in a changed world, according to the conference’s website. Speakers will consider various aspects of government contracting in the era of COVID-19 and discuss the way the industry has functioned during the pandemic.

Each date will focus on a specific module as it relates to the theme. The first module on Oct. 6 focuses on resiliency and will cover supply chains, CMMC implementation and building resilience. The second module is scheduled for Nov. 10 and will zero in on acquisition and procurements. The third module is slated for Dec. 8 and will cover operations and contract performance.

The event’s introductory speakers include Maury Peiperl, dean of GMU’s School of Business, James Woolsey, president of the Defense Acquisition University, Jerry McGinn, executive director of the Center for Government Contracting and Kevin Singh, vice president of Unanet.

The first panel includes:

  • Cheryl Dreuhl, associate dean, GMU’s School of Business
  • Joe Hamel, strategic innovation and emerging technology manager, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Jeff Nadaner, deputy assistant secretary of defense for industrial policy, Defense Department
  • Mike Petters, president and CEO, Huntington Ingalls Industries.

The second panel consists of:

  • Chris Newborn, professor of IT, Cyber Defense Acquisition University
  • Stacy Bostjanick, director of Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification policy, DOD
  • Karlton Johnson, vice chairman, CMMC Accreditation Body’s board of directors
  • Rob Santos, president and co-founder, MetroStar Systems.

Adam Smith, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, will serve as the event keynote speaker and will close the panel portion of the event with a talk on building resiliency. He has an extensive career in politics and has served in the House since 1997. Prior to this position, he served on the Washington State Senate for six years.

Register for this event here.

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