CNAS Live Events

Agenda and Speakers

Wednesday, November 30
3:30 p.m.: Welcome and Introductions

Ben FitzGerald, Technology and National Security Program, CNAS

3:35 p.m.: Panel Discussion - Enabling Innovation in Acquisition

Mathew Blum, Office of Management and Budget- Acquisition Innovation
Bill Greenwalt, Senate Armed Services Committee
Lauren Schmidt, DIUx

4:20 p.m.: Lightning Acquisition Talks

Jonathan Mostowski, Defense Digital Service
Dr. Cheryl Walton, U.S. Navy
Jay Harrison, National Defense University
Dave Zvenyach, 18F
Dan Ward, MITRE

About the Event

Senior leaders in the Department of Defense, House Armed Services Committee, and Senate Armed Services Committee have been rightly focused on acquisition reform in recent years. This focus has yielded new authorities and organizations designed to help the DoD gain access to the technology it requires, particularly from new commercial sources. But how is DoD translating this imperative into practical action?

This event will provide an opportunity to hear first-hand experiences of how DIUx, rapid acquisition units in DoD, and other federal agencies are using new authorities and methods to successfully collaborate with innovative companies on timelines of days and weeks instead of months and years. Learn how your organization can leverage this type of Other Transaction authority and other innovative acquisition methods.

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