Michigan Defense Expo


10th Annual Michigan Defense Exposition (MDEX)

April 3 & 4, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Macomb Community College (MCC) Expo Center
14500 E Twelve Mile Rd, Warren, MI


Click on the BLUE links below to view the presentations.


April 2nd, 2019

CCDC GVSC Industry Days (Building K)

April 3rd, 2019

CCDC GVSC Industry Days Carry-over (Building K)

MDEX Chairperson Kickoff

Deanne Mazzola, NDIA Michigan Director, MDEX Chair

9:00 - 9:20am

Opening Remarks

MG Daniel Mitchell, TACOM LCMC Commanding General

9:20 – 10:40am

PEO Ground Combat Systems (GCS) Short Term and Long Term Acquisiton Opportunities

MG Brian Cummings, PEO GCS

COL Tim Fuller, PM Armored Fighting Vehicle

COL Michael Milner, PM Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle

Ed Lewis, PM Main Battle Tank Systems

COL Glenn Dean, PM Stryker Brigade Combat Team

David Dopp, PM Mobile Protected Fire Power

COL James Schirmer, PM Next Generation Combat Vehicle

COL Warren Sponsler, NGCV CFT

10:40 – 11:30am

Lunch and Learn with our Key Sponsors: Is it Still a Small World After All?

The President signed the Small Business Runway Extension Act into law in December of last year. This law changes the way businesses are classified as "small" for purposes of federal contracting set-asides and other programs. This Lunch & Learn addresses the recent changes, shows examples of how this will affect businesses, and provide companies tips for planning ahead under the new criteria.

Adam Bruski, Senior Counsel, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

Ewelina Sawicka, Associate, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

12:00 – 1:30pm

PEO Combat Service & Combat Service Support (CS&CSS) Short Term and Long Term Acquisition Opportunities

Wolfgang Petermann, PdM Sets, Kits, Outfits & Tools, PM Force Projection

Jennifer Johnson, Deputy PdM Heavy Tactical Vehicles, PM Transportation Systems

Scott Doudna, Deputy PdM Systems Integration, Joint Program Office, Joint Light Tactical Vehicles

1:30 – 2:10pm

MadCat- Recruiting Cyber Security Talent Panel

Moderator: Vicky Rad, Director, Macomb County Planning & Economic Development

David Blaine, Information Security Section Manager, General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS)

Justin Montalbano, Cybersecurity Lab Tech Technical Manager, Aptiv

Kristie Pfosi, Senior Manager Automotive Cybersecurity, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America

Brett Snellgrove, Recruiter - Global Talent Acquisition, General Motors

April 4th, 2019

7:30 – 10:00am

AUSA Breakfast (Building K)


Day 2 Welcome

Deanne Mazzola, NDIA Michigan Director, MDEX Chair

10:40 – 11:00am

Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) Overview

Jeffrey Langhout, Director CCDC GVSC

11:00 – 11:20am

Army Contracting Command (ACC) – Warren Overview

Dan Gallagher, Director, Army Contracting Command (ACC) - Warren

11:20am – 12:40pm

Supply Chain Zoom – Rapid Response to Contact, Connect & Contract

Moderator: Leon Williams, Life- Cycle Sustainment Plans, Ricardo Defense

Matt George, Director of Supply Chain Manager, AM General

David Glahn, Director of Contracts, NAVISTAR Defense

Eric Meulemans, Manager of Global Procurement & Supply Chain, Oshkosh Defense

Travis Spruill, Director of Global Sourcing & Strategy, BAE Systems

Kraig Wilson, Manager of Supply Chain Management, General Dynamics Land Systems

1:00 – 2:00pm

Airforce Research Laboratory – Technology 2030 Program

Brian McJilton, Chief of Integrated Processes, Air Force Research Laboratory, Plans and Programs Directorate, Business Operations Division

Kim Yoder, Deputy Director of R&D Contracting (AFRL/PK), Wright Patterson Air Force Base

Lenell Kern, ST2030 Business Outreach and Marketing Lead, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Plans and Programs Directorate, Business Operations Division

Gold Sponsors

Michigan Defense Center Michigan Aerospace Manufacturer's Association

Stars and Stripes VIP Reception Sponsors

Warner Norcross & Judd Macomb County Macomb County Chamber of Commerce

Bronze Sponsors

Clark Hill KBRwyle Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center

In-Kind Sponsor