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    • 6 Feb 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Virtual- Zoom Webinar

    Please join DaytonDefense for this free event hosted by Elaine Bryant, EVP for Aerospace and Defense, DDC; Mr Robert Fookes, SES, Director of Engineering and Technical Management, AFMC; and Kyle Hurst, DAF Digital Transformation Lead. 

    Happy New Year Digital Dayton! We are excited to kick off the first Digital Dayton Roundtable of the Year. Mr. Robert Fookes, the AFMC Director of Engineering, will be here to give us a 2022 wrap up of the Digital Campaign and take us into 2023 as the Dept of the Air Force continues its Digital Transformation efforts under the Digital Transformation Office.  Kyle Hurst, our DTO lead, will also provide updates and rollout plan for DTO in 2023.

    Please CLICK HERE to register. 

    • 24 Feb 2023
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Hilton Garden Inn, Beavercreek
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         Please join us for our first luncheon of 2023! FREE to the first 50 DaytonDefense members to register. First-come, first-served; please limit 2 complimentary registrations per company. Non-members may register for a fee.

    We are excited to welcome Col Marqus Randall, Commander, National Space Intelligence Center (NSIC) as our Guest Speaker.

    Colonel Marqus D. Randall is the Commander, Space Delta 18 (National Space Intelligence Center), Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Space Delta 18 (NSIC) delivers foundational scientific and technical space intelligence empowering national leaders, joint force warfighters, and acquisition professionals to dominate in the space domain. The focus of the organization is evaluating capabilities, performance, limitations, and vulnerabilities of foreign space and counter-space systems.

    Col Randall formerly served as the Chief, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance Resources and Requirements Division, Headquarters United States Space Force, Pentagon, Washington DC. Col Randall directed planning, programming, and budgeting of more than $3 billion in US Space Force ISR resources. He oversaw space ISR capabilities and requirements integration into Service and Intelligence Community programs. Col Randall advised HQ Space Force Senior Staff on ISR resources and requirements matters in response to DoD and Congressional directives, tasks, and inquiries. He also served as HQ Staff manager for Military and National Intelligence Programs for the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence respectively.

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    • 27 Feb 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Sinclair Conference Center
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    Cyber Dialogue with Industry, co-hosted by DaytonDefense and the Dayton Development Coalition with Special Guest Congressman Michael Turner, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, is a one-day event providing a deep engagement with our industry partners to discuss cybersecurity and its impact on national security. These partners are thought leaders from government, commercial industry and academia. This event creates a rich exchange of information and ideas coupled with numerous networking opportunities for building new partnerships, strengthening existing partnerships and fostering collaboration. 

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    Please also consider attending the Ohio Information Security Conference on March 1st. For more information, visit HERE.

    • 17 May 2023
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Hilton Garden Inn, Beavercreek
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               We are excited to welcome Ms. Kathy Watern, SES, Executive Director, Life Cycle Management Center as our Guest Speaker.

    Kathy L. Watern official photo

    Kathy L. Watern, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Executive Director, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The organization is the single center responsible for total life cycle management covering all aircraft, engines, munitions and electronic systems. The center is responsible for more than 28,000 AFLCMC Airmen, civilian and contractor employees performing center missions from 77 locations.

    Mrs. Watern began her career in the private industry and entered federal civil service in 1984. She has served in a variety of financial management and acquisition assignments at Wright-Patterson AFB in the F-15 Eagle, F-22 Raptor and Air Combat System Program Offices as well as the Acquisition Cost Division.

    Prior to moving to Headquarters Air Force, she worked as the Director, Cost and Economics Analysis Division, Financial Management and Comptroller Directorate, Aeronautical Systems Center. She was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2010.

    • 31 Jul 2023
    • 4 Aug 2023
    • Dayton Convention Center

    Again in 2023, the Life Cycle Management Center's (LCMC) Life Cycle Industry Days (LCID) and the Air Force Research Lab’s (AFRL) Wright Dialogue with Industry (WDI) will take place within the same week (31 July - 4 August). LCID and WDI will remain standalone events but are taking place in one week to optimize the sharing of information, collaboration and discussion. LCID will take place 31 July - 2 August and WDI will take place 2-4 August. 

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