SPAWAR Receives Department of Navy Award at Small Business Event

Story Number: NNS130830-16Release Date: 8/30/2013 9:17:00 PM
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By Ashley Nekoui, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) participated in the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Navy Gold Coast Small Business Procurement Event, Aug. 26-28, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego.

"Gold Coast" provides a forum to educate, guide, and assist businesses, especially small businesses, in working with the government, primarily the Department of Defense.

Sean Crean, director of the Navy's Office of Small Business Programs, presented Rear Adm. Patrick Brady, commander of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), with a Secretary of the Navy Cup, in recognition of SPAWAR's role in promoting acquisition opportunities for small businesses.

During the three-day event, Brady, Pat Sullivan, executive director of SPAWAR, and Capt. Joe Beel, commanding officer of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific), provided presentations to attendees, highlighting SPAWAR's role as the Navy's Information Dominance Systems Command, and its mission to develop, deliver and sustain communications and information capabilities for warfighters, anytime and anywhere.

Brady noted that SPAWAR's priorities are to keep the fleet ready to fight and to deliver on major acquisition programs. During his presentation, he shared programs anticipated for delivery this year, including the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services, which will provide reliable standardized upgrades to communications throughout the fleet; the Next Generation Enterprise Network, which will replace the Navy's current ashore communications network; and the Mobile User Objective System, the Navy's narrowband satellite program, which launched its second satellite into orbit July 19.

Beel reiterated Brady's focus points and highlighted the rebalance to the Pacific that is underway and SSC Pacific's prime position in supporting this shift with offices in San Diego, Hawaii, Guam, and Japan.

In addition, Beel pointed out to potential collaborators that as a competency-aligned organization, SSC Pacific aligns their business portfolios with customer demand.

SPAWAR's participation in event supports an outreach program established by the Defense Acquisition Regulation System to identify and develop established interested small businesses that can support SPAWAR programs.

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