Don’t miss your chance to hearDr. Michael D. Griffinspeak here in Southern Maryland! OnFriday, July 13, we’ll learn aboutresearch, development, and prototyping activities across the Department of Defense from the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering himself.There is no cost to attend. Register now to save your seat!

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This week at a glance

Upcoming TPP programs:

  • Dr. Michael D. Griffin,July 13
  • Protecting the Pax Mission and Preserving the Land,July 18
  • Shoot for the Stars: A Cosmic Event for Young Professionals,August 11

In our community:

  • Pathways to Alternate Acquisition,July 18-19
  • Project Opportunity – Entrepreneur Training for Vets
  • Exhibitor Opportunity: Africa Aerospace and Defence Expo,September 19-23
  • DSI Upcoming Programs

Upcoming Programs

Dr. Michael D. Griffin, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

Friday, July 13
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center

Join in on this opportunity to hear from Dr. Michael D. Griffin, under secretary of defense for research and engineering, as he comes to Southern Maryland to share his perspective on DoD research and engineering efforts.

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Protecting the Pax Mission and Preserving the Land

Wednesday, July 18
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Precise Conference Center, Lexington Park

Bring your lunch and join us for this informational program to learn about how NAS Patuxent River is protecting its mission by protecting our natural resources. Representatives from the DoD Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) program and the Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust (PTLT) will discuss how they cooperate to preserve open land beneath the flight testing airspace, enhancing the rural legacy of Southern Maryland while strengthening the continuing viability of the Pax River testing and training mission.

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Shoot for the Stars: A Cosmic Event for Young Professionals

Saturday, August 11
7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Historic Sotterley Plantation

Experience the history of Sotterley set against the mystery of the cosmos! Join usSaturday, August 11to meet and catch up with other Southern Maryland young professionals during peak viewing of the annual Perseid meteor shower.

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Community Events & Opportunities

Pathways to Alternative Acquisition: Igniting Synergy between Government & Industry Using Other Transactions

July 18-19
UVA Darden Sands Conference Center, Rosslyn, VA

This event hosted by the Strategic Institute for Innovation in Government Contracting will bring together people who seek new and better business collaborations between industry and government. Other Transactions Authorities (OTA) and other innovative business approaches can rapidly advance new capabilities more affordably or can be an alternative acquisition system for advanced projects, cradle to grave. OTAs, while widely talked about, remain poorly understood and the potential barely scratched.

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Project Opportunity – Entrepreneur Training for Vets

Orientation Session:August 27
Charles County Government Building, LaPlata

Project Opportunity is a free entrepreneur training program for veterans who want to start or to continue to grow their business. This 10-week program is facilitated by business professionals and subject matter experts and will cover topics such as assessing your business ideas, marketing analysis, financing and financial management, business structure and taxes, and development of a business plan. The program is set to startSeptember 10and will have weekly classes. For more information, please register atwww.project-opportunity.comfor an orientation sessionAugust 27at Charles County Government Building in the Blue Room.

Exhibitor Opportunity: Africa Aerospace and Defence Expo

September 19-23
Tshwane, South Africa

Maryland Department of Commerce is attending and has spaces available for companies to join. Contact Steve Wall ( or Brian Castleberry ( ASAP.

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Defense Strategies Institute Upcoming Programs

July 11-12:Advanced Materials for Defense
July 18-19:Multi-Intelligence Exploitation
Sept. 12-13:Military Tactical Communications
Sept. 18-19:GEOINT and Open Source Analysis
Sept. 19-20:Autonomous Capabilities for DoD
Sept. 25-26:Cyber Operations for National Defense

*Military and government employees attend free.

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