Accelerating Innovation
Accelerating Innovation

An opportunity for businesses, government, and academia to learn, connect, and collaborate


March 21, 2019

Grand Valley State University – Eberhard Center

301 West Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


NDIA & WID Members
Non-NDIA & Non-WID Members


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 By the time a traditional acquisition program completes, any “new” technology is outdated.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 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 TARDEC Overviews
  • Tech Groups
  • SBIRs and CRADAs


8:00 – 9:00
Check-in and registration ((Early registration encouraged)
9:00 – 9:15
Welcome & Introduction by the NDIA and WID Michigan Chapters
9:15 – 9:45
Acquisition Overview: Acquisition Management and Oversight (AMO)
9:45 – 10:30
Other Transaction Authority (OTA) 101: AMO
10:30 – 10:45
10:45 – 11:15
Army Contracting Command (ACC):
David Daniels, Contract Specialist, ACC - Warren
11:15 – 11:45
National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC) and Defense Automotive Technologies Consortium (DATC)
11:45 – 12:15
Networking Lunch
12:15 – 12:45
DARPA Overview:
Susan Celis, Small Business Programs Office, DARPA
12:45 – 1:15
Doing Business with DARPA
1:15 – 1:45
TACOM Small Business:
Marie Gapinski, Director, Office of Small Business Programs, TACOM LCMC
1:45 – 2:00
2:00 – 3:15
Technology Groups (25 min. each)
3:15 – 3:45
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR):
George Pappageorge, SIBR Program Manager, U.S. Army TARDEC
Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA):
Amanda Osborne, CRADA Program Manager, U.S. Army TARDEC
3:45 – 4:15
“Ask the Expert” Question & Answer Panel


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