Fellow NIDIA Members, this fall, we are honored to host the Tinker AFB Strategic Alternative Sourcing Program Office (SASPO) at our conference. Many times in our quest to bring more defense work to NE Indiana, we find ourselves scouring across the nation for opportunities, typically through FedBizOpps. SASPO is another office you should be engaged with.
SASPO, located within the Air Force Sustainment Center (AFSC), optimizes the alternate sourcing process and leverages opportunities for resolution of obsolescence issues enterprise-wide. SASPO accomplishes this through two mission elements: Source Development and Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS). Bottom line, SASPO saves the government money by finding efficient, quality companies like yours to provide additional vendors for single source parts and help solve parts shortages across the Air Force. If you remember our Strategic Doing event this past May, this is the time to strategically TEAM to see if you can be the next SASPO industry client to help make our Air Force more efficient. Randy Harris, the Program Manager of SASPO and two of his teammates will be at our conference supporting both a presentation and interactive booth for Q&A.
And what about key note lunch speakers. Medal of Honor Recipient Sergeant Dakota L. Meyer, a United States Marine Corps veteran, – the military’s highest honor, and the New York Times best-selling author of Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War will be presenting to our combined annual luncheon group of Fort Wayne Base Community Council Members and Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Members. Dakota is also an entrepreneur, having founded a successful construction company in Kentucky. NIDIA exists to bring the best technology forward to warfighters like Dakota – this is a MUST attend event!
In addition, CONEXUS’s Rich Murphy will speak about his new supplier database, CONEXUS ICON – something each NIDIA member should consider registering with. Please sign up early for our combined NIDIA – BCC event but NLT the 30th of September via this link. Our conference will be at IPFW in the International Ballroom!
On behalf of the NIDIA Board, see you there!
David L. Augustine, Chairman
Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association