• Cathy Dickens, Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting, Army Contracting Command Redstone, and Melissa Mitchell, chief, Contract Operations Division 1, Directorate B, talk during the first break of the second Design, Development, Demonstration and Integration, or D3I, day at the Jackson Center in Huntsville, Ala., on Jan. 24. D3I is a new acquisition process being implemented, and the day was designed to familiarize local defense industry contractors with the program.

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    Cathy Dickens, Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting, Army Contracting Command Redstone, and Melissa Mitchell, chief, Contract Operations Division 1, Directorate B, talk during the first break of the second Design, Development, Demonstration...

  • Cathy Dickens, Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting, Army Contracting Command Redstone, answers a question asked by Huntsville Times Reporter Ken Kesner, right, following introduction briefings of the second Design, Development, Demonstration and Integration, or D3I, day at the Jackson Center in Huntsville, Ala., on Jan. 24. Also in the interview were Tom Webber, Tom Kallam, and Dr. Jack Tomkovich (not shown). D3I is a new acquisition process being implemented, and the day was designed to familiarize local defense industry contractors with the program.

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    Cathy Dickens, Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting, Army Contracting Command Redstone, answers a question asked by Huntsville Times Reporter Ken Kesner, right, following introduction briefings of the second Design, Development...

  • Tom Webber, acting deputy director, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command Technical Center, briefs the more than 500 defense contractors, who came to learn more about the new Design, Development, Demonstration and Integration, or D3I, acquisition process, at the Jackson Center in Huntsville, Ala., on Jan. 24.

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    Tom Webber, acting deputy director, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command Technical Center, briefs the more than 500 defense contractors, who came to learn more about the new Design, Development, Demonstration and...

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Members of the defense industry came together to participate in the second Design, Development, Demonstration and Integration, or D3I, program and Test Execution Services and Launch Augmentation update on Jan. 24 at the Jackson Center in Research Park West.

Defense industry professionals learned more in depth about how the D3I program is utilized to conduct research for the development and procurement of hardware components and software solutions for space, high altitude, missile defense, information integration and data exploitation, as well as enhanced Warfighter capabilities.

"We have been posting information and sharing information with industry as we go through the development process, and D3I helps speed that process along immensely," said Cathy Dickens, Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting, Army Contracting Command Redstone. "D3I allows us to receive feedback for industry on what we need to do to improve, how we can maximize competition and who is available to satisfy our needs when it comes to contracts.

"We have received great feedback from industry as we have developed this acquisition strategy," she added. "So what you see in this strategy is a recognition of our industry partners and what they can bring to the table and how we can minimize any deficiencies. Also, we have learned how we can stand by industry and help draw down costs and maximize performance to gain rapid turnaround with technology and support our Warfighters as rapidly as possible, and that is our bottom line."

Hosting the event once again was the Jackson Center. The 13,000 square foot facility hosts corporate events, government and industry conferences as well as educational and research training for groups of 500-700 people.

"We are pleased to be able to support D3I by accommodating their budgetary requirements and providing services needed to make it successful," said Jerri Robinson, Jackson Conference Center director.

The D3I program is used to implement programs including, but not limited to, Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrations, Advanced Technology Demonstrations and the Missile Defense Central Test and Evaluation Investment Program. D3I provides SMDC and its customers with the ability to procure a broad range of missile defense, space and other applicable Warfighter solutions in support of developmental and operational requirements.

"D3I is an avenue that will allow us to streamline the time it takes us to field equipment for the Warfighter," said Tom Webber, SMDC Technical Center deputy director. "We now have a method to have equipment go from 'cradle to grave,' and get the technology to our Soldiers quicker.

"Today is an opportunity for industry to learn the best submission process for achieving success in competition and what we are looking for in the future," he added. "We want to make sure everyone has the same information and knows the proper channels to go through for success."

The program includes providing anticipated solutions to include design, development, demonstration and integration of future capabilities. These efforts follow an evolutionary development of systems focused on a "Concept to Combat" philosophy which begins from design phase and ends when the system is in the hands of the Warfighter.

"We are focusing everything we do on supporting our forces," said Dr. Jack Tomkovich, SMDC Future Warfare Center operations chief. "Contracts are critical for us to continue providing services and our technical edge to our troops and one thing we have learned is that the smoother the process goes here, the quicker our troops get what they need."

D3I not only supports SMDC and Redstone Arsenal, but all branches of the U.S. military, NASA, the Department of Energy, allies and other government agencies in mission requirements related to space, high altitude, missile defense, ground systems, information integration and data exploitation, and enhanced Warfighter capabilities.

"These economic times are driving us to be more focused on streamlining the process in which we acquire technology and we hope this year we can learn more ways to accomplish that," Dickens said. "If today is like last year's D3I day, I am sure we will do just that."

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