Accelerating Innovation
Accelerating Innovation

March 21, 2019

Grand Valley State University – Eberhard Center

301 West Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Innovation in Defense Acquisition – Learn and Connect!

Long acquisition life cycles run counter to innovation. By the time a traditional acquisition program completes, any “new” technology is outdated. As a result, DoD got clever by introducing some new innovative acquisition strategies.

During an intense, day-long session with key decision-makers, attendees will hear about acquisition mechanisms from U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Center (CCDC) Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC), formerly TARDEC, DARPA and Other Transaction Authorities (OTA) leaders, while having the opportunity to network through one-on-one engagements. The event was designed by government and industry for learning, connections and collaboration.


  • OTAs
  • Consortiums
  • DARPA and CCDC GVSC Overviews
  • Tech Groups
  • SBIRs and CRADAs


8:00 – 8:45
Check-in and registration (Early registration encouraged)
9:15 – 9:45
Acquisition Overview: Acquisition Management and Oversight (AMO)
9:45 – 10:30
Other Transaction Authority (OTA) 101: AMO
Larry Ross, OTA Lead, CCDC GVSC
10:30 – 10:45
10:45 – 11:15
Army Contracting Command (ACC):
David Daniels, Contract Specialist, ACC - Warren
11:15 – 11:45
Consortium: Defense Automotive Technologies Consortium (DATC)
David Porreca, Executive Director, DATC
Steve Sternicki, Business Operations Specialist, DATC
Almena Ryans, G8, Acquisition Management Office, OTA Lead U.S. Army CCDC GVSC
Christina Dietz, Executive Assistant, DATC
12:15 – 12:45
Networking Lunch
12:45 – 1:15
DARPA Overview:
Susan Celis, Small Business Programs Office, DARPA
1:15 – 1:45
Doing Business with DARPA
1:45 – 2:15
Life after OTA’s: What Do you need to do?
Marie Gapinski, Director, Office of Small Business Programs, TACOM LCMC
2:15 – 2:30
2:30 – 3:00
3:00 – 3:30
Vehicle Electronics Architecture
George Hamilton, CCDC GVSC
3:30 – 4:00
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR):
George Pappageorge, CCDC GVSC

Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA):
Amanda Osborne, CCDC GVSC
4:00 – 4:30
“Ask the Expert” Question & Answer Panel
4:30 – 6:00
Wrap up – NDIA/WID/CCDC GVSC networking reception, tours, and GVSU engineering poster sessions


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