MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Virginia -- From the program manager for Intelligence to the PM for Information Systems and Infrastructure, opportunities await for industry at Marine Corps Systems Command.
That was the message from MCSC Commander Brig. Gen. Joseph Shrader during the Report to Industry Sept. 25 at the Modern Day Marine expo at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.
Before the hall filled with industry representatives, the general gave a brief overview of the command’s nine program offices, highlighting their major efforts and potential business opportunities. He said a good working relationship is crucial for military and industry alike.
“I tell my PMs to pick your contractors and ethically ensure their success,” Shrader said.
Modern Day Marine is an annual military exposition focusing on enhanced capabilities for expeditionary forces. One of its most important activities is the Report to Industry presented by Marine general officers closely associated with all aspects of Marine Corps equipment and systems research, development, testing, and acquisition programs and policies.
The 2014 expo drew Marine Corps military and civilian personnel as well as members of the other U.S. services, foreign military attaches and corporate representatives from throughout the United States and several allied nations.
The expo is sponsored by the Marine Corps League and hosted by MCB Quantico. The League is a 70,000-member Marine Corps veteran’s organization. MCSC is the Department of Navy’s systems command for Marine Corps ground weapons and information technology systems.
Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey, deputy commandant for plans, polices, and operations, moderated the Report to Industry panel, setting the stage for the presentations.
“We’ll address the major opportunities and operations we’re involved in,” he said. “We’ve always had two ‘ships’ with industry: partnership and craftsmanship. You arm us with equipment, and we take it and shoot, move and communicate.”
William Taylor, program executive officer for land systems, offered good news for industry in the wake of federal fiscal constraints.
“There are signs of budget stability,” he said. “With that stability we can make predictions once again.”
Noting “we have more programs being sustained than under development,” Taylor presented a path to awareness and access to PEO LS business opportunities. That included the Advanced Technology Investment Plan that lists the top 10 technology issues within PEO LS.
Lt. Gen. William Faulkner, deputy commandant for installations and logistics, said the Marine Corps is marching in lock step, adding, “The linkage between the commandant and Systems Command has never been greater.”
To the industry representatives, Faulkner added, “From the commercial sector we want affordability and value. We’re looking for the right balance of contractor capability.”