Cmdr. Kris De Soto, CANES development assistant program manager, moderated two of those panels.
“CANES is based on commercial-off-the-shelf products, so we need to understand what technology is available and what industry experts see in the future,” said De Soto, “It’s also important for industry to understand the environment in which afloat networks function. This was a great event to open communications between industry and ourselves.”
Her colleague Duong Hang, PMW 160 technical director, moderated a science and technology panel that featured Mark McLain, director, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Small Business Office; Tim Jara, PEO C4I lead for S&T Assessments; and Shadi Azoum, SPAWAR Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Rapid Innovation Fund program manager.
“We need to make sure industry knows the wide variety of ways they can engage with PMW 160, especially how they can leverage the research dollars outside of PMW 160,” said Hang. “For many industry partners unfamiliar with the various S&T programs, the panel gave them new insight into how projects are initiated and funded, when the government releases proposal requests, and how companies can compete more effectively to improve future warfighting capabilities.”
Bill Farmer, deputy program manager, PMW 160, spoke about making effective use of resources, speaking about the need for the Navy to accelerate the delivery of required C4I capabilities that are affordable, integrated and interoperable.