Wednesday March 25, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT

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Presented with

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Karen Frost 
The Water Council

Pat Lawton 
Defense Alliance 

Introduction to the DoD & Water
Technology Webinar

Join the Defense Alliance and The Water Council for a free, one-hour informational webinar on the Department of Defense (DoD) and its ongoing needs for innovations in water-related technologies.  DoD is the world’s largest single investor in clean technologies, both in R&D and procurement.  This investment includes products and services in the water industry, including water supply and gathering, wastewater treatment and re-use, atmospheric generation and hydro power.

This informational session will cover the following areas:

  • Introduction to the Defense Alliance and its Advanced Power & Energy Cluster, and the partnership with The Water Council
  • Overview of the Department of Defense (DoD) and Water Technology Needs
"Who’s Who” in the DoD for water technology
Current and future requirements
Examples of specific opportunities
  • Basics of R&D and contracting with the DoD and the federal government
Overview of basic requirements for federal contracting
Contract vehicles for businesses (R&D and ‘off-the-shelf’ technology needs)
Resources available to get started and remain engaged
Challenges and benefits of federal contracting
The “intangibles” - what are the potential pitfalls, and the tips for success when working with the DoD?
  • Questions & Answers with the Defense Alliance & The Water Council


Chip Laingen is the executive director of Defense Alliance, an SBA-funded and DoD-endorsed Advanced Defense Technologies Cluster.  The Alliance connects innovative technology businesses to the needs of defense and commercial markets, principally through hands-on business development assistance.  Chip is a Veteran of the U.S. Navy, retiring as a commander after 21 years on active duty as an aviator. 

Karen Frost is the Small Business Program Manager for The Water Council, which is developing a Center of Excellence for Freshwater Innovation and Small Business Development.  Karen has an extensive background in economic development.