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Changing the Way We Change: The State of Government Contracting for Innovation

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Devvie, 1st Floor & Virtual

Anne Laurent
NCMA, Director, Professional Practice and Innovation

Anne Laurent is many things: excellent, experienced editor; inspiring, prescient publication manager; gifted coach of writers and other creatives; engaging, careful, lively writer; skilled, enlightening, energetic presenter; and inveterate, inventive intrapreneur. Anne's specialties include procurement and acquisition, business innovation, policy implementation, entrepreneurial government, virtual government, government's impact on business and vice versa, and U.S. defense and civilian agency management.

At National Contract Management Association, Anne works to further establish NCMA as a thought leader in the acquisition and contracting practice through monitoring and predicting emerging trends within the practice and their potential impacts on members, customers, training products, event offerings, and materials. She also builds relationships with leaders, subject matter experts, and rising professionals within the practice community.

Casey Perley
AAL, Director, Insights and Analysis

Dr. Casey Perley is the Director of Insights and Analysis at AAL. She has a PhD in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and has a decade experience working on vaccines and therapeutics ranging from proof of concept to clinical trials. This work led her to spend over 3,000 hours in "hot zone" laboratories (BSL-3 and BSL-4) working on zoonotic diseases ranging from TB to Hantavirus. Within AAL she is focused on making working with the DOD more accessible to non-traditional companies, and she co-created the SPARTN SBIR program to bring that accessibility to the SPARTN program.


Matt Willis
Army Prize Competitions and Army Applied SBIR Program, Director

Dr. Matt Willis leads the Army’s portfolio of private sector engagements through prize competitions and the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, comprising over $275,000,000 in annual research and development investments. Through his tenure, Dr. Willis has delivered a deliberate and strategic portfolio management approach that centralizes oversight and synchronizes execution of the Army’s SBIR program and prize authority to meet Congressional economic intent and Army technology gaps; he also identified and promulgated the highest technical quality, best emerging tech business partners providing the most effective technical solutions to overcome Army challenges, while reinforcing the national industrial base in face of great power competition.

Previously, Dr. Willis served as the Army Director for Laboratory Management, leading policy development for STEM, Technology Transfer, and workforce initiatives across the Army science and technology ecosystem. Prior to DASA(RT), Dr. Willis was the Chief for Acquisition at the Joint Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Program Analysis and Integration Office, providing independent oversight, guidance and cross-cutting policies for the Chemical Biological Defense Program (CBDP) and laboratories. Dr. Willis also served as the Deputy Director for Special Projects in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research, providing alignment for DoD’s S&T investments amongst the Services. Dr. Willis started his Army career as a Research Chemical Engineer at the US Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center.

Dr. Willis received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, a MS and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is the author of numerous manuscripts, technical reports, and patents. He has received several awards including the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service in 2014 and 2015.

Brian Cook
IBM, AFC & FORSCOM Account Manager

COL (Ret) Brian Cook is a decisive National Security Professional who co-leads IBMs AFC and FORSCOM Account focusing on Army Modernization. Brian is a seasoned Army Armor/Cavalryman with more than 30 years of service Operating, Leading, Teaching and Planning in some notable sites like the National Training Center, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Pentagon and, right here, at Army Futures Command.


Laurice Sosa
Army Contracting Command, APG Program Integrator

Mrs. Sosa has worked for Army Contracting Command for over 15 years and comes with a wealth of contracting knowledge. She also has extensive experience developing, coaching, and mentoring current and future contracting professionals. Her primary focus is assisting the AFC and cross functional team customers with finding innovation, enhanced designs, and leverage business solutions that are instrumental to enable the Warfighters ability to fight, win, and survive in all environments. As a Program Integrator, Mrs. Sosa supports processes related to financial management, budget execution, acquisition, grants and cooperative agreements, and information management and reporting that support the modernization mission.


Modernization is a hot topic across the government — and a central tenet of the National Defense Strategy. But it's not just about finding and applying the hottest new tech. It's also about changing how the government sources solutions from the commercial market to catch up with the speed of business and make the process less painful for everyone. 

Join Anne Laurent and other contracting experts from across the Army to understand the current status of government contracting, what's already changed, and what new changes are coming to make this vision of modernization a reality.


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Alec Longarzo
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Judy Ayala
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Derek Denton
Derek Denton
MDM Wound Ventures Inc, Co-Founder & CEO
Lynne O Hamilton
Lynne O Hamilton
Lawelawe Defense, Inc., President
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Steve Amos
HealthCode, CEO/Founder
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Todd Kirby
Fluor, Director of Strategic Partnerships
Jerry Ramey
Jerry Ramey
Mobilize VISION, CTO
Karen (KK) Krause-Bencal
Karen (KK) Krause-Bencal
Activate, VP, Defense Innovation
Liya Smolina
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AWS, Air Force Account Manager
Matthew Schuler
Matthew Schuler
Saint Industries Inc, Chief Strategy Officer - PCADS HALO
Matthew Craig
Matthew Craig
Boone Group, Client Success Strategist
Judson Crane
Judson Crane
Defense Innovation Board, Research Director (People & Process)
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Michael Ertmer
@AUSAPittsburgh & Army AI2C
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Randy Groves
Exabyte.io, Business Development Public Sector
Ramon Sellers
Ramon Sellers
Siemens, National Federal Business Manager
Zachary and Levy
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Cognovi Labs, Managing Director
James Julius
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VISIMO, President & CEO
Mahdi Schindelheim
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GridRaster, / Head of Enterprise Sales & Strategy
Jeff Ribel
Jeff Ribel
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