ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) will host the annual, installation-wide Advanced Planning Briefing for Industry (APBI) January 30 -- February 2, 2017. The APBI is designed to unite small and large businesses with government representatives of each major APG organization providing detailed information on potential contracting opportunities with the Army.

Information sessions will outline expected contract awards that are aligned with technology and service needs of major APG organizations including Research & Development; garrison operations; Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (C4ISR); bio-medical and chemical research; and Army systems testing operations. Army leaders, program officials, research leads and contracting officers will focus discussion on contracting opportunities concentrating on Fiscal Year 2017 through 2019. A special small business seminar will be held on the first day of the APBI.

This year's topics will be centered on APG community support to Army Operational Readiness. Army organizations across APG are working diligently with private partners, large and small, to maintain capacity, advance innovation, prioritize modernization efforts and build executable and affordable life cycle sustainment and test plans into program efforts--designed to provide capability ensuring a high level of Army Operational Readiness. Through industry and government innovation to shape processes, policy and technology the community will continue to advance solutions, ideas, capabilities and efficiencies, APG leaders said.

The APBI is structured into four topically focused days. The first day is dedicated to small business practices, policy and opportunities and will include discussions with the APG Small Business Office officials, and government contracting and legal representatives. Briefings on the second day highlight Research & Development and Army test support opportunities including the U.S. Army Garrison --APG; the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command; the U.S. Army Research, Development & Engineering Command; the Army Research Laboratory; and the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center. Day three explores Army network and intelligence program support and sustainment efforts featuring presentations from the Communications-Electronics Command and Program Executive Offices -- Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors and Command, Control, Communications --Tactical; and the Program Manager -- Positioning, Navigation and Timing. The fourth day includes various elements of the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (CBD); the Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center and others in the CBD arena.

The unclassified briefing is open to all interested contractors, large and small businesses, and academia as well as other government stakeholders. This fifth-annual APBI will be held at the Myer Auditorium, Building 6000 on the APG North campus. Event registration can be completed at: https://www.mt.cm/team-apg-advanced-planning-briefing-industry-apbi