Breakout Sessions


Tuesday, August 5
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. 

Breakout 1:
10 Procurement Improvements We Can Make Now
Mr. Bob Lohfeld (confirmed)

Lohfeld Consulting Group, Inc.

Mr. Eric Gregory (confirmed)

Senior Vice President of Capture and Proposal Consulting

Shipley Associates


Synopsis: The presentation is based on the results of the procurement improvement survey that was just completed by the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP).  The survey closed June 27th and the results will be published on or about Sept 2nd.  The audience will be the first to see the results of this important research.

Breakout 2:
Commercial Best Practices
Dr. Michael E. Knipper, Ph.D. (confirmed)
Faculty/Research Consultant
University of Tennessee Center for Executive Education


Synopsis: The presentation will highlight commercial best practices for the sourcing of supplies and services.  Specifically, the briefing will: 1) Discuss the importance of market research/market intelligence, 2) provide techniques which can be used to expedite assessments of vendor responses to requests for information (RFIs), 3) present a framework for completing a simplified business case analysis, and 4) introduce the concepts of collaborative contracting.

Breakout 3:
Trends and Risks in the Global Industrial Base
Dr. Sally Sleeper (confirmed)

Senior Advisor

Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense

for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy (ODASD(M&IBP))

Mr. Bradley Nelson (confirmed)

S2T2 Program Leader


Col Sidney S. Conner, USAF (confirmed)

Space Sector Industrial Lead



Synopsis: Defense procurement trends have an impact on the industrial base and create specific types of risk for the department.  We discuss the reaction by Defense to these risks, including an example of the approach applied to a global market: the US government space industrial base.

Tuesday, August 5
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. 

Breakout 4:
DFARS Security Clause: How Does It Affect the DoD Supply Chain?

1 CompTIA CEU Security+

Dr. Mike Mestrovich, PhD (confirmed)


The Federation for Identity and Cross Credentialing Systems


Ms. Melinda Reed (confirmed)

Deputy Director for Program Protection

Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Research & Engineering (ASD(R&E))

Mr. Kent Schneider (confirmed)

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Sol Pass

Mr. Daniel E. Turissini (confirmed)

Chief Technology Officer

WidePoint Corporation & Founder, Operational Research Consultants, Inc.


Breakout 5:
Agile Acquisition for Fast Paced IT Market, Meeting the intent of NDAA Section 804
Mr. John Weiler (confirmed)


Interoperability Clearinghouse

Ms. Stacy S. Bostjanick (confirmed)

Senior Expert for Contracting, Defense Intelligence Agency

Defense Intelligence Senior Level

Honorable Jacques S. Gansler (confirmed)

former Under Secretary of Defense for AT&L

Director, Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise

University of Maryland

The Honorable John Grimes (confirmed)

former ASD/NII

Dr. Marv Langston (confirmed)

former DoD Deputy CIO

Honorable William J. Lynn, III (confirmed)

former Deputy Secretary of Defense

Mr. Richard Spires (confirmed)

former Chief Information Officer

Department of Homeland Security


Breakout 6:
The Role of Rapid Acquisition and How It Works
Mr. Andrew Hunter (confirmed)
Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics)

Wednesday, August 6
8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. 

Breakout 7:
Program Affordability: Myths and Practical Implications

Dr. Philip S. Anton, Ph.D. (confirmed)

Deputy Director

Acquisition Policy Analysis Center, OUSD(AT&L)/PARCA



Better Buying Power established new policies and processes to ensure programs are affordable. While the new Interim DoDI 5000.02 lays out concepts and processes for determining and controlling long-range affordability, some confusion remains on these fundamental concepts and how they relate to program baselines, cost estimation, should-cost, and other planning processes and cost controls. This talk lays out the fundamental affordability concepts, some myths, and engages the audience on practical implications of affordability for both government and industry.

Breakout 8:
How Acquisition Impacts Domestic, International, and Contingency Contracting
Mr. Richard T. Ginman (confirmed)

Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP)


Breakout 9:
What Happens When a Program Goes Wrong?
Mr. Gary Bliss (confirmed)


Performance Assessments and Root Cause Analyses (PARCA)