REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Several senior leaders from the U.S. Army Contracting Command participated in the 15th annual National Defense Industrial Association Materiel Enterprise Small Business Conference Nov. 15-16 here.

The conference was hosted by the Tennessee Valley chapters of the NDIA and Women in Defense to inform small businesses about available opportunities with the government, provide matchmaking opportunities and present a wide array of speakers.

Carol Lowman, ACC executive director, hosted a panel discussion Nov. 16 about Army contracting. The open forum provided attendees with the opportunity to ask questions to senior contracting officials about the contracting process.

The ACC panel included: Bryon Young, executive director, ACC- Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; Cathy Dickens, executive director, ACC-Redstone; Michael Hutchison, executive director, ACC- Rock Island, Ill.; Bruce Berinato, executive director, ACC-New Jersey, Picatinny, N.J.; Art Siirila, director of Combat Support Contracting, ACC-Warren, Mich.; Bryan Samson, deputy to the commander, Expeditionary Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal; and Albert Jacobs, Mission and Installation Command service competition advocate, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Following the panel discussion, Army Sustainment Command Deputy to the Commander Scott Welker and Hutchison discussed the Enhanced Army Global Logistics Enterprise Program.

EAGLE is a multi-billion-dollar contract strategy that, when awarded, will be used to replace a number of logistics contracts that are either reaching their funding ceiling or expiring. EAGLE will also align logistics support across the Army materiel enterprise and standardize processes and metrics.

According to Walker, EAGLE is a fundamentally new way of doing business.

"Small businesses should expect to see a 160 percent increase under the new process," Hutchinson said. "Contracts valued at $1 million to $35.5 million will be set aside for small businesses. "

ACC tweeted live from the event. For presentation charts, questions and answers from both events, visit