You’ve been waiting, and now the next TPP-ANA panel is back on the calendar for April 26! How will today’s innovations shape the next hundred years of Navy flight?

With moderator Rear Adm. Scott Conn, director of Air Warfare for the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; and panelists including Rear Adm. Shane Gahagan, NAWCAD commander and NAVAIR assistant commander for Research and Engineering; and Mr. Edward Wolski, deputy director of Air Warfare for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) — you won’t want to miss “Cleared for Takeoff: Innovation in Naval Aviation.”

Thank you to our inaugural sponsor, Northrop Grumman!

Save your seat for April 26 >>

This week at a glance

Upcoming TPP programs:

  • Maryland Defense Network Demo, April 24
  • TPP-ANA Panel – Innovation in Naval Aviation, April 26
  • TPP Members Dinner, May 23
  • Unmanned systems in every domain: Is Autonomy the New Cyber, May 30

In our community:

  • SoMd Math Circle, April 14
  • STEM-ING Annual Event, April 28
  • M&A Business Sale or Purchase Panel Discussion, May 15
  • Volunteer Opportunity: AUVSI Student Competition, June 14-16
  • St. Mary’s County Summer Aerospace Camps
  • Leadership Summer Camps for Middle & High School Students
  • DSI Upcoming Programs
  • The To Do List

Upcoming Programs

Maryland Defense Network Brown Bag Lunch & Demo

Tuesday, April 24
12:00 p.m.

Precise Conference Center, Lexington Park

Join us for a demo of the Maryland Defense Network, a database of defense reliance and supply chain networks of defense contractors. The Maryland Defense Network (MDN) is a program that will significantly enhance the ability of naval aviation program managers to identify companies and industry teams that have the skills, knowledge and technical background to help answer some of the most difficult questions facing our Navy today. Knowing where contract vehicles and teaming arrangements exist will help the government to reduce cycle time in new technology development.

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Cleared for Takeoff: Innovation in Naval Aviation

Thursday, April 26
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Bay District Volunteer Fire Department

Join The Patuxent Partnership and Association of Naval Aviation Pax River Squadron (#18) for a reception and discussion of innovation in Naval aviation with our panel of leaders, experts, and decision-makers!

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Annual TPP Members Dinner

Wednesday, May 23
Historic St. Mary’s City

Unmanned systems in every domain: challenges and opportunities
Is Autonomy the New Cyber? 

Wednesday, May 30
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center

We’re bringing together government, industry, and academic experts together around the challenges and opportunities of unmanned systems in every domain.

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Community Events & Opportunities

Southern Maryland Math Circle

April 14, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lexington Park Library

Last SoMD Math Circle of the Year! This Saturday we’ll be trying to figure out how to send secret messages. And how to decode ones we might intercept. Dr. Colleen Ackermann will be helping you understand how math helps keep secrets …. well … secret.

Learn more >>

STEM-ING Annual Event

April 28
St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Join the 6th annual STEM-ING event at St. Mary’s College of Maryland! The event is open to all middle school girls in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties for hands-on, fun, and challenging STEM activities with STEM role models from the community. TPP is proud to have sponsored this program since its inception and we are grateful to many of our members who sponsor various workshops!

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M&A Business Sale or Purchase Panel Discussion (date change)

May 15, 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center

This is a free breakfast and panel discussion with industry experts on the vital aspects of any deal to consider when contemplating a transaction: legal, marketing/financial, and accounting.

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Volunteer Opportunity: AUVSI Student Competition

June 14 – 16
Webster Field

Judges are a critical part of the competition, and we are once again looking for volunteers. There are various levels of commitment, including the evaluation of the technical papers, evaluation of the Flight Readiness Review Video, and of course, the actual flight competition!

If interested, contact Tom Sanders,, with what phase(s) of the competition you would like to judge, if you have any experience as a judge in this competition from previous years, and your email address and phone number.

St. Mary’s County Summer Aerospace Camps

Registration is open for summer aerospace camps for elementary (entering grades 2-6) and secondary (entering grades 7-11) students in St. Mary’s County.

Learn more and regster >>

Leadership Summer Camps for Middle & High School Students

These week-long residential programs allow middle- and high-school students to immerse themselves in all aspects of leadership. Maryland Leadership Workshops delegates discover and develop their own unique strengths in daily workshops, practice their leadership skills in team projects, and are mentored by our skilled staff to find their passion, their voice, and their path.

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Defense Strategies Institute Upcoming Programs

Apr. 18 – 19U.S. Border Security & Intelligence
May 2-3DoD/VA & Gov Health IT
May 16-17Military IoT & Sensors
May 30-31Small Sats & Space Access

*Military and government employees attend free.

Learn more >>

The To Do List

Visit the Chesapeake Biological Lab for a Science for Citizens seminarApril 17 & 24.

Celebrate Southern Maryland heritage on May 5 at the Calvert Marine Museum’s annual Solomons Maritime Festival.