Advanced Planning Briefing for Industry

In April 1996, SSCOM held its first Advanced Planning Briefing for Industry (APBI). Almost 400 representatives from the military, foreign governments, and industry spent three days attending briefings and discussing upcoming programs. As the first meeting was so successful, SSCOM will be hosting its second Level 1 - APBI entitled, “Equipping, Protecting & Sustaining the Warrior,” on September 2-4 in North Falmouth, Mass.

APBIs are targeted to industry and potential contract partners in order to describe SSCOM’s mid and long range research and development plans and programs. APBIs foster early, meaningful dialogue with industry in order to develop a mutual understanding of future contract requirements and industry capabilities. As this is a Level I meeting, discussions will address all of the command areas and corresponding contracting opportunities from the current year out to five years prior to solicitation.

SSCOM develops, integrates, acquires and sustains all individual soldier and related support items. This includes everything from individual and cargo airdrop systems to individual clothing and equipment, food systems, shelters, and protective equipment. Fielded products have included improved cold weather clothing, body armor tailored to meet real world threats, and improved rations.

In the end, SSCOM’s success or failure lies with soldiers; they are customers, clients, critics, fans, and central to the command’s mission. By partnering with industry and academia, SSCOM materiel developers work towards the common goal of identifying and resolving any issues that develop during the Army research, development and acquisition cycle. The upcoming APBI is the beginning of that process.

Representatives from SSCOM’s Legal Office, Process Innovation Office, Industrial Liaison Office, Small Business Office, Project Manager-Soldier, Product Manager-Soldier Support, Product Manager-Force Provider, and Sustainability, Mobility, Science & Technology, and Survivability Directorates will be available to discuss upcoming requirements and offer ideas for conducting business with SSCOM.

Lt. Gen. Dennis L. Benchoff, Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command; Maj. Gen. Charles Cannon, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Department of Army; Maj. Gen. Carl F. Ernst, Commanding General, U.S. Army Infantry Center; Maj. Gen. George E. Friel, Commanding General, U.S. Army Chemical and Biological Defense Command; and Mr. Keith Charles, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Plans, Programs & Policy, Department of Army will be speaking at the APBI.

Arrangements to attend the APBI can be made through August 22 by calling Sharon Manoogian at (508) 233-4113 or emailing her at The registration fee is $300 payable to American Defense Preparedness Association/National Security Industrial Association (ADPA/NSIA). Hotel reservations should be made by August 11 by calling the Seacrest Hotel, North Falmouth, Mass., at (800) 225-3110 and identifying the ADPA/NSIA Symposium.

Scheduled SSCOM Presentation

Acquisition Reform: Why and What is Your Role - Gary Olejniczak
Acquisition Reform Implementation, Current and Future Contracts - Cheryl DeLuca
Doing Business with SSCOM and AMC - Philip G. Haddad, Jr.
Other Transactions - John Stone
Partnering - John Stone
Integrated Materiel Management Center Overview - Pat Kofalt
FY98 - FY99 Contracts - Col. Philip E. Hamilton
Novel Materials for Chemical and Biological Protection - Quoc Troung and Eugene Wilusz
Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit, Technology - Marie Jean-Pierre
Natick Research Development & Engineering Center Program Overview - Philip Brandler
Survivability: Partnerships & Challenges - Ronald Granchelli
Ballistic Protection for Individual Survivability - Janet Ward
Laser Eye Protection - Barry DeCristofano
Revolutionary Warrior - John Munroe
Footwear/Handwear & Product Line Analysis - Debra McLean
Force Provider Overview - Lt. Col. Michael Davis
Airdrop, Field Services/Feeding, Shelters Programs - Lt. Col. Brian Keller
Airdrop and Airborne Operations Technical Challenges for the Future - Edward Doucette
Sustainability Systems Integration - Gerald Darsch
Dynamic Ration Tailoring System - C. Patrick Dunne
State-of-the-Art Advances for U.S. Military Cold Weather Heating Systems - Joseph MacKoul
Shelters and Shelter Systems - Frank Kostka
Cogeneration for Field Feeding Systems - Donald Pickard

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