2019 FEDTEX: SESSION SUMMARIES
Acquisition, Supply Chain Opportunities and Planned Future Requirements: Clothing, Uniforms, Footwear and Accessories. Acquisition officials from DoD and federal agencies will discuss current and near-term procurement of uniforms, apparel, footwear, outerwear and accessories, existing contracts and prime contractors/vendors for these items, and acquisition processes utilized by their agencies. Additionally, panelists will discuss future requirements, ongoing product development, testing and evaluation, and design capabilities for uniforms and apparel. Panel members will also discuss budgetary, regulatory, supply chain and other resource challenges, identify their current industry, government and academia partners for ongoing product development and testing, and identify resource, technical and other challenges in the product development process. Interactive discussion with the audience is encouraged.
Acquisition, Supply Chain Opportunities and Planned Future Requirements: Individual Tactical and Protective Equipment and Medical and Other Unit Equipment. Acquisition officials from DoD and federal agencies will discuss current and near-term procurement of tactical (non-weapon), protective equipment for the individual soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, Coast Guardsman and agency official. Additionally, acquisition officials will discuss traditional and non-woven textile-based organizational equipment, including service-wide (shelters, parachutes, filtration) and specialized (medical, camouflage) materiel. Panel members will also highlight existing contracts and prime contractors/vendors for these items, agency acquisition processes and budgetary, regulatory, supply chain and other resource challenges, and will seek input from industry on capacity and methods to meet agency requirements. Interactive discussion with the audience is encouraged.
Opportunities and Experience in Doing Business with the Federal Government: The Prime Contractor and Supply Chain Perspectives. Federal agency and Department of Defense prime and subcontractors will discuss their experiences, lessons learned and observations useful to future contractors.
The Future of Military Textile Technologies: The Military, Industry and Academia Perspective. Representatives from research and development (R&D) organizations of DoD and federal agencies will present their perspective on the future of military textiles, and outline their priorities for future soldier systems, including uniforms, protective and tactical gear and textile-based organizational equipment. Additionally, representatives from industry-leading universities and the Manufacturing Innovation Institute at MIT will discuss the future of textile technologies and the “Art of the Possible” in the next ten to twenty years. Discussion will address, among other topics, the manufacturing-based revolution in transforming traditional fibers, yarns and fabrics into integrated, multi-functional and even networked devices and systems that will enhance lethality and survivability on the future battlefield
Textile Workforce and Talent Pipeline: Resources for Government and Industry. This session will focus on the recruitment, training, employment and retention of a skilled textile workforce. Panel members will also focus on specific resources, programs and initiatives in K-12, Community College and UNC systems, as well as textile-focused apprenticeships, internships and other sources of talent – including the transitioning military workforce.
Research, Development, Testing and Professional Education Assets: Resources for Government and Industry. Representatives from university- and community college-based institutions in North Carolina will present their capabilities to support defense and federal agencies and contractors with textile-specific research and development, materials testing, prototyping, product development and improvement and technology transition from industry to federal agencies. Interactive discussion with the audience and federal representatives is encouraged.
Mini-Session On the Expo Floor: Each of these informal mini-sessions will include a discussion of tools and resources available from institutions in North Carolina to help businesses start, grow, and to leverage new markets, and to identify, preposition, compete for and successfully execute federal textile business. Mini-sessions will be located on the expo-floor in the designated mini-session area. Sessions will be repeated to provide access to those who are attending sessions.
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