Wednesday May 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM PDT
Thursday May 19, 2016 at 3:30 PM PDT

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Wednesday, May 18th


Registration and Continental Breakfast 


Program Begins


Programming Ends



Networking Reception

Thursday, May 19th




Program Begins


Program Adjourns

  • PNDC/PNAA/AUVSI Members: $345
  • Non-Members: $445

  • ID Requirements: 

    All attendees will need to present government issued I.D. for base access. 


    American Lake Conference Center on base at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)

    8085 NCO Beach Road 

    Symposium attendees will go to the Lewis Main Gate Visitors Center at Exit 120 off of I-5 to pick up access credentials

     Complete Driving Instructions


    Kate Kanapeaux 
    Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition

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    *All attendees are subject to screening by Joint Base Lewis-McChord security. 

    This two-day symposium brings together aerospace, defense and unmanned systems business and government leaders to discuss new developments and business opportunities in aerospace, space, defense & security. 

    Increase awareness about current initiatives, learn about government contracting opportunities, connect with prime contractors, and network with key government leaders.

    Now  Available: Program Agenda 

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    Wednesday, May 18th


    Global Defense Spending is Changing - Insight into defense budgets, key regions, countries and ongoing developments, DoD aircraft acquisition, manned and unmanned, and Aerospace & Defense industrial base manufacturing trends
    Ron Stearns, Business Development Manager, Robotics and Unmanned Systems, The Velocity Group

    Long Range Strike Bomber Program - insights on likely design, capabilities and how companies  can position themselves to compete as suppliers to primes
    Dr. Rebecca Grant - President & CEO, IRIS Independent Research

    Boeing in Washington – Our Future Together
    Bill McSherry - Vice President of Government Relations and Global Corporate Citizenship, Boeing Commercial Airplanes 

    Aerospace and Defense Industry: Policy, Budget and Innovation Challenges
    John Luddy - Vice President, National Security Policy, Aerospace Industries Association

    What’s Needed for the Future - The Battle Against Obsolescence and Counterfeit Risk
     Jay Schmidt - Executive VP & General Manager, Silicon Forest Electronics


    Thursday, May 19th

    Congressman Adam Smith 

    Address By: U.S. Congressman Adam Smith, Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee

    Congressman Kilmer

    Address By: U.S. Congressman Derek Kilmer, Appropriations Committee

    Updates and Priorities from JBLM
    COL Daniel S. Morgan - Commander, Joint Base Lewis-McChord

    What is Next in Military Spending and Priorities?
    J.J. Gertler – Military Aviation Analyst, Defense Policy & Arms Control,
    Congressional Research Service - Washington D.C.

    Doing Business with Prime Contactors 

    Chris O'Claire - Supply Chain Director, Esterline Control & Communication Systems

     Jerad Kaliher - Strategic Sourcing Manager, Mission Equipment, LifePort | Enflite 


    Updates and Priorities for the Washington National Guard
    Colonel Curt R. Simonson - Commander, 56th Theater Information Operations Group (TIOG), Washington National Guard



    A World of Opportunity: Exporting and Importing Best Practices

    Akana Ma - Partner, Chair of Global Trade Group, Ater Wynne LLP 




    Updates and Priorities for the Army Corp of Engineer
    Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Y. Park - Deputy Commander, Seattle District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


    Breakout Sessions

    This is a rare opportunity to bring together subject matter experts on a broad range of topics. Join us for these small group breakouts ….. and bring your questions.

    • Procurement Officers Panel: Doing Business with Military Agencies
      • Lenneia R. Jennings - Chief, Office of Small Business Programs U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District 
      • Vincent Marsh - Director Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC) JBLM
      • Bob Mullen - Co-founder, CORTAC Group 
    • FAA Updates for the Unmanned Vehicle Industry
      • Matt Gammon, Tactical Operations Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
    • Research & Development Panel: Support for Your Next Big Idea
      • Terry Grant - Director, Industry Relations, University of Washington
      • Robin Conger - Program Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    • Export Control 201:  Exporting Parts & Components After Export Control Reform
      • Nelson G. Dong - Partner , Head National Security Group, Co-Head, Asia Group, DORSEY  &  WHITNEY  LLP
    • Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the Aerospace and Defense Industry
      • TJ Crane - Associate, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
    • Beyond Our Borders Panel: Resources for Northwest Exporters
      • Diane Mooney - Director, U.S. Commercial Service Seattle, U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration
      • Liz Lasater - CEO, Red Arrow Logistics
      • Robynne Davis - Business Development Director, Verbio

    Please contact Kate at kate@pndc.us / 888-701-7632 for information on sponsorship, speaking opportunities and display table purchase. 

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