Agenda
All sessions take place at the Oklahoma Convention Center

Tentative Agenda


Tuesday, May 7
12:00pm

Registration Opens

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Concurrent Workshops

1:00pm Welcome Remarks from Track Emcee
Navigate the complex world of government and gain insights into the legislative process. Learn how to advocate for your interests, build relationships with key policymakers, and influence legislation to support economic AND workforce development initiatives in your region.
1:05pm Understanding the Federal Defense Legislative Cycle for Economic & Workforce Development Efforts
Mr. Chris Caron, Principal Partner, Oculus Strategies
1:30pm Stakeholders, Schedules, & Key Requirements for Government Purchases
Ms. Christina Landon, Printed Circuit Board Task Lead, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane)
2:00pm Break
2:15pm Defense Focused Workforce Development
Discover tailored strategies to attract, train, and retain a skilled workforce for the ever-evolving needs of the defense manufacturing sector. Gain insights into critical skills gaps, emerging technologies, and successful training programs to equip the next generation of defense workers.
Ms. Lori Baukus, Director Training Education and Outreach, ARCTOS
2:45pm Beyond Traditional Bank Loans
Explore the diverse landscape of funding options available beyond traditional bank loans. Hear from one of the country's leading financial institutions that work with State Governments to establish programs that target small & medium sized manufacturers to grow their business.
Speaker: TBD 
3:45pm Break
4:15pm Building a Talent Pipeline
Discover effective strategies for building a robust talent pipeline to meet the critical workforce needs of the manufacturing sector. This session will explore collaborative approaches, educational partnerships, and innovative programs to cultivate the future.
Dr. Sharon Harrison, Harrison Consulting Group
1:00pm Welcome Remarks from Track Emcee
1:05pm Understanding the Federal Defense Legislative Cycle for Economic & Workforce Development Efforts
In this full hour course, Regan Edens of DTC Global will provide a deep understanding of the key Cybersecurity Requirements associated with DFARS 7012, 7019, 7020 and CUI. This course is ideal for the Government Contracting Professional or Contractor.
Mr. Regan Edens, Founder, DTC Global 
2:00pm Break
2:15pm A View from Capitol Hill
Hear from a long-time veteran of US Congressional legislative efforts as he provides insights into the FY25 NDAA & Defense Appropriations that will impact any professional associated with defense contracting.
Mr. Chris Caron, Principal Partner, Oculus Strategies
2:45pm Now to Next: Horizons in AI & ML and how to Connect
Ms. Christina Landon, Printed Circuit Board Task Lead, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane)
3:45pm Break
1:00pm Welcome Remarks from Track Emcee
The Power Hour: APEX Accelerators; NIST MEP; and State SBDC Offices Understanding the 3 Critical Resources Every Small & Medium Sized Manufacturer Should Know and Utilize
1:15pm NIST MEP: A Program Overview
This session will provide an overview of the NIST MEP program, including its mission, services, and benefits for manufacturers. You will also have the opportunity to learn how to connect with your local MEP center and get started on your journey to success.
Mr. Mike Boyte, Business Advisor & Lean Six Sigma Instructor, Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC)
1:30pm SBDC: A Program Overview
Unlock the power of the SBDC program, a valuable resource designed to empower small businesses. Discover how to leverage its expert guidance and resources to navigate challenges, achieve growth, and thrive in today's competitive market.
Ms. Jessica Ervin, Technology Innovation Director, OK SBDC
1:45pm APEX Accelerator: A Program Overview
Formerly known as the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), the APEX Accelerator Program is the DOD's effort to break down barriers for the small business to break into Defense contracting.
Mr. David Hoffmeier, Oklahoma APEX Accelerator
2:00pm Break
2:15pm DoD Contracting 101: Steps to Get Started
Demystify the DoD procurement process with this session. Gain practical knowledge and essential steps to navigate the complex world of DoD contracting and secure your first contract.
Speaker: TBD
2:45pm CMMC 101: Understanding the Fundamentals of CMMC 2.0
CMMC 2.0 Rules are out. Join Regan Edens, a subject matter expert on these rules, in an hour long course as he demystifies what CMMC is, so manufacturers seeking to do business with DOD can ensure they meet this new compliance requirement.
Mr. Regan Edens, Founder, DTC Global
3:45pm Break
4:00pm Understanding the Defense Legislative Cycle
This session unpacks the intricacies of the legislative cycle; both the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that authorizes the DOD funding, and Defense Appropriations that funds that authorization. Understanding how this effectds a DOD contractor can radically improve business growth and ensure the small and medium-sized manufacturers can advocate for their interests effectively.
Mr. Chris Caron, Principal Partner, Oculus Strategies
4:30pm Subcontracting: Tips to Get with the Tier 1 & Tier 2s
Learn how to position yourself as a valuable subcontractor to Tier 1s and Tier 2s, increasing your chances of securing profitable partnerships and growing your business. Discover strategies to showcase your capabilities, build trust, and navigate the complex world of government subcontracting.
Speaker: TBD
5:00pm - 6:45pm

Exhibit Hall Opening, Welcome Reception

Wednesday, May 8
7:00am

Registration Opens

7:00am

Continental Breakfast & Networking in the Exhibit Hall 

8:00am

General Session - AM Session #1

8:00am

Master of Ceremony - Ceremony WelcomeMr. Loren Smith, Executive Director, Knudsen Institute

8:15am

Posting of Colors - Color Guard & National Anthem

8:30am

Oklahoma State WelcomeGovernor Kevin Stitt, The Governor of the State of Oklahoma - Invited

8:45am

Opening Remarks Mr. Michael Morford, Chairman & CEO, Knudsen Institute

9:00am

How Manufacturing Technology is Critical to Surge Review the role of manufacturing technology in meeting surge requirements, reflecting on last years’ experience at DMC2023 and looking ahead to DMC2024.
Mr. David Koch, Director, DLA Research and Development

9:30am

Indo-PACCOM - Unique DIB Challenges Discuss unique challenges faced by the Defense Industrial Base in the Indo-Pacific Command region and strategies for addressing them.
The Honorable Robert O'Brien, Former Director of National Security

10:00am

The SSBN Newbuild Program - Expanding SMM SIB Participation Examine opportunities for small and medium manufacturers to participate in the SSBN Newbuild Program and contribute to the Submarine Industrial Base (SIB).
Invited Speaker: TBD,  PEO, US Navy, Strategic Submarines (SSBN)

10:30am

Coffee Break & Networking in the Exhibit Hall

11:00am

General Session - AM Session #2

11:00am

PANEL – The Plight of the SMM: The View from the Small & Medium Sized Manufacturer
Explore the challenges faced by small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) in the defense industry and identify potential solutions to enhance participation and success.
Moderator: Mr. Jamie Goettler, MSC Direct
Mr. Michael Farmer, President, Viking Innovations
Mr. Kenny Williams, Co-Founder & CEO, PHENX Products
Mr. Scott Sawyer, Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, Paperless Parts

12:00pm

Networking Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

2:00pm

General Session - PM Session #1

2:00pm

Manufacturing at Speed (M@S) - An AFRL Program Overview
Gain insights into the Manufacturing at Speed program by the Air Force Research Laboratory and its implications for accelerating defense manufacturing processes.
Mr. Brench Boden, AFRL Materials & Manufacturing Directorate

2:30pm

PANEL – Expanding SMM DIB Participation: Possible DoD-led Efforts that Could Grow SMM Participation in the DIB
Delve into potential Department of Defense initiatives aimed at fostering increased participation of small and medium-sized manufacturers within the Defense Industrial Base, while exploring collaborative opportunities to bolster their involvement.
Moderator: Mr. Rob Gorham, Executive Director, Blue Forge Alliance
Mr. Ronnie Hobbs, Director of Small Business, Air Force Sustainment Center (AFSC)
Mr. Ken Wetzel, Chief Operating Officer, Strategic Marketing Innovations, Inc. (SMI)

3:30pm

Coffee Break & Networking in the Exhibit Hall

4:00pm

General Session - PM Session #2

4:00pm

PANEL – Preparing for Surge Requirements: Implementing the new 2023 National Defense Industrial Strategy (NDIS) Examine strategies for implementing the 2023 National Defense Industrial Strategy to effectively prepare for surge requirements in defense manufacturing.
Moderator: Mr. Alex Gray, Managing Partner, American Global Strategies & Author of WH EO 13806
Mr. Jeffrey Sick, Director of Logistics, Air Force Sustainment Center, Tinker Air Force Base
Brian Painter, Global VP and GT, Fictiv Manufacturing Services

5:00pm

PANEL – Supply Chain Resiliency in an Age of Surge: Adaptability from Existing DIB to Meet Surge
Address the need for supply chain resiliency amidst surges in demand and explore ways to adapt existing DIB structures to meet these challenges.
Moderator: MG(Ret) Lee Levy, Logistics Management Division Chair, National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)
Mr. Ryan Besecker, Director of Supply Chain Policy, Moog Inc.
Mr. George Whittier, CEO, Fairbanks Morse Defense
Mr. Sam ThevanayagamPresident & CEO, Parts Life Inc.

6:00pm

Casual Network Gathering

Thursday, May 9
7:00am

Registration Opens

7:00am

Continental Breakfast & Networking in the Exhibit Hall

8:00am

General Session - AM Session #1

8:00am

Master of Ceremony - Ceremony Welcome Mr. Loren Smith, Executive Director, Knudsen Institute

8:15am

VIP Guest RemarksSenator Adam Pugh, Oklahoma State Senator; former USAF Officer & AWACS Aviator

8:30am

Applying Novel Technology to Meet Surge Requirements Explore innovative technologies that can be applied to meet surge requirements in defense manufacturing and enhance operational efficiency.
Dr. Richard Leu,  Space Cow Applied Research

8:45am

PANEL – Workforce Challenges: Closing the Skills Gap Discuss solutions for closing the skills gap in the defense manufacturing workforce and ensuring a capable and adaptable workforce for future challenges.
Moderator: Dr. Sharon Harrison, Harrison Consulting Group
Ms. Lori Baukus, Director Training Education and Outreach, ARCTOS
Mr. Dan Sloan, Director of Strategic Partnerships, SME ToolingU
Dave Rowland, President & CEO, Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance

9:45am

Overcoming Technology Obsolescence: Printed Circuit Board Life Cycle Management   Identify strategies for managing technology obsolescence, particularly in printed circuit board life cycle management, to maintain readiness and capability.
Mr. Matthew McQueen, NSWC CRANE

10:15am

PANEL – Cybersecurity: CMMC Implementation's Impact on SMM Assess the impact of Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification implementation on small and medium-sized manufacturers and discuss measures to enhance cybersecurity resilience.
Moderator: Mr. Matt Watson, Cybersecurity Consultant, Guernsey Consulting
Mr. Regan Edens, DTC Global
Mr. Tim Frisby, Critical Aerospace Components
Mr. Travis Goldbach, Amazon Web Services (AWS) CMMC GTM Leader

11:00am

Coffee Break & Networking in the Exhibit Hall

11:15am

General Session - AM Session #2

11:15am

PANEL – Leveraging the Ecosystem: Local, State, or Private Initiatives to Support SMM Surge Engagement Explore opportunities to leverage local, state, and private initiatives to support SMM engagement and participation in surge scenarios.
Ms. Jessica Ervin, Technology Innovation Director, OK SBDC
Mr. Larry Adams, Business Advisor, OK SBDC
Mr. Rodney Reddic, Executive Director, TMAC

12:15pm - 2:00pm

Group Luncheon

 

12:15pm – Presentation of the Knudsen AwardMr. Loren Smith, Executive Director, Knudsen Institute

 

12:45pm – Lunch KeynoteRobert Moran, Partner, Brunswick Group

 

1:15pm – Special Remarks – Growing the DIB: A Historical PerspectiveDr. Arthur Herman, Author of "Freedom's Forge" & Director at the Hudson Institute

 

1:45pm – Closing Remarks
Mr. Michael Morford, Chairman & CEO, Knudsen Institute

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May 7-9, 2024

Oklahoma City Convention Center
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


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