Industry Days focus on future
September 9, 2013
A trade exhibition hosted by the Military Police Regimental Association and an industry briefing brought companies from around the country to Fort Leonard Wood.
The vendor display opened Aug. 27 at Nutter Field House. This event was a prelude to the 72nd Military Police Corps Regimental anniversary week.
Attendees of this event included senior leaders making purchasing decisions for warfighters. The expo provided an opportunity for vendors to showcase their products and services to Military Police Soldiers, senior leaders and local law enforcement.
All three regiments were represented the next day at the seminar, question and answer session and one-on-one meetings with industry representatives.
Rebecca Johnson, deputy to the commanding general, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence opened the industry briefing with her hopes for future problem solving.
"We are going to discuss some of our challenges. It is important that we engage and interact with you. I have stressed that the Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate folks let you know what our needs are. Let us know what your innovations are and what you are thinking of. We are looking to work together for potential solutions," Johnson said.
A team from the MSCoE CDID, hosted the briefings because if a company is doing business anywhere in the world to support Military Police units, likely that concept came through Fort Leonard Wood first for review.
"What we do here is develop concepts, write doctrine, and write requirements that further along in the process may lead to the purchase of a certain requirement," Col. Gregg Thompson, CDID director said.
This was the third industry day held on Fort Leonard Wood this year. This one focused on laying out future requirements.
"Whether you represent a small business, academia or industry we've got some great break-out sessions planned today," Johnson said.
Topics discussed were technical reconnaissance, operational access and operations in a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear environment.
"We want to expand our community of interest to start thinking about the science and technology possibilities for 15 to 20 years from now," Thompson said.