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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Doing Business with the Intelligence Community

Start Date: 3/12/2019 7:30 AM EDT
End Date: 3/12/2019 10:00 AM EDT

Venue Name: Valo Park (formerly TEGNA)

7950 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA  United States  22102

Organization Name: SECAF Events

Julia Nelson
Email: info@secaf.org
Phone: 703-574-1117

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Executive Briefing: Doing Business with the Intelligence Community 

Valo Park
7950 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22101

The agencies which form the “intelligence community” (IC) provide fruitful contracting opportunities for small government contractors.  These opportunities will only continue to grow as the intelligence community’s mission expands to deal with today’s complex security environment.  However, the secretive nature of the work these agencies perform means that often there are barriers to entry which are difficult for an emerging government contractor to navigate.  The panel, including representatives of intelligence agencies as well as large and small contractors that have had success contracting with the intelligence community, will provide tips and guidance to how to prepare your company to compete for and win contracts with intelligence agencies.   

Moderator: Tom Stauber - Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Axiologic Solutions

  • Michael Chavira - Managing Partner, Axiologic Solutions, SECAF Member
  • Scott Jackson - Director of the Office of Small Business Programs, National Security Agency (NSA)
  • Anna Kurtz - Federal Bureau of Investigation, Office of General Counsel 
  • Karen Mumford - Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Small Business Programs Office Director

Tom Stauber is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Axiologic Solutions with almost twenty years experience in the Defense and Intelligence mission as an analyst, engineer and leader. Graduating from the US Military Academy with a BS in Systems Engineering, he was an early part of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal intelligence mission in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. After retiring from the Army in 2004, Tom spent five years with a couple of Defense contractors and then moved forward to found Axiologic with University of Virginia Systems Engineering Masters classmate and fellow Veteran Michael Chavira. Over a decade he has worked to grow Axiologic from a two person company to well over 100 personnel today solving complex customer system engineering challenges in the defense and intelligence communities. He strives to make Axiologic an unprecedented place for the convergence of mission accomplishment, innovation and an environment that excites people to come to work every day! 

Michael Chavira is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Axiologic Solutions with more than fifteen years experience in sensor development and integration, systems engineering and enterprise architecture.  A graduate of the University of Wyoming with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, via the OCS program, he became a nuclear officer and then an intelligence officer in the US Navy.  Before starting Axiologic Solutions, he worked at Applied Synergistics developing intelligent systems for power plants then went onto support Booz Allen Hamilton where he applied this knowledge to develop and integrate sensor systems for the US Army and our war fighters. Learning the value of a strong education during his military career, he continued his education and earned an MBA, Masters in Systems Engineering and a Masters in Finance.
Today, he is driven to create a challenging and fun, entrepreneurial work environment that balances a small company idea-driven culture with large company stability and growth.

Scott Jackson is the Director of the Office of Small Business Programs at the National Security Agency (NSA) at Ft. Meade, MD.  He is responsible for promoting the use of small, Small Disadvantaged businesses, Women-Owned small businesses, HUBZone businesses, and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned small businesses within the NSA.  Mr. Jackson assists program managers, technical personnel, and procurement officers by participating in acquisition strategy reviews and providing outreach programs to find qualified small businesses.  Mr. Jackson's previous NSA assignments include Deputy PEO for Facilities, and Chief of the Cost Analysis Office.  He supported the Navy in various civilian capacities prior to joining the NSA in 2001 and has over 33 years of government service.  Mr. Jackson earned a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech, a master's degree from Johns Hopkins, and a master's degree from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Anna Kurtz is Assistant General Counsel in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Office of General Counsel, Fiscal and Contract Law Unit. She advises clients on a variety of matters ranging from source selection to contract administration. Her portfolio includes the procurement of commercial items, professional services, construction, and covert contracting. Since she began work at the FBI in 2017, Anna has earned a Citation for Special Achievement and a Counterintelligence Division On-the-Spot Award.
Prior to joining the FBI, Anna spent over five years at the Air Force Legal Operations Agency, Commercial Litigation Directorate. There, she litigated over 50 bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and over 30 contract disputes before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), totaling over $265 billion in controversy. Anna’s work at the Air Force earned her the Award for Meritorious Civilian Service in 2017. 

Anna graduated with honors from Georgetown University in 2007, and graduated with honors from The George Washington University Law School in 2012. She is admitted to practice in Virginia. 

Ms. Susan “Karen” Mumford is the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Small Business Programs Office Director. The principal advisor to DIA leadership on all small business related matters, she’s a small business advocate, promoting utilization in DIA requirements to strengthen the industrial base. Additionally, she leads the team in the oversight of DIA’s Mentor Protégé Program, 8(a) Program, and Subcontracts Management. Previously, Ms. Mumford was the DIA Science & Technology (S&T) Directorate Resource Management Office Chief, overseeing all resource activities, leading to sound fiscal and budgetary decisions. Prior to this, she was the S&T Deputy Contracting Office Chief, establishing the acquisition strategy for multiple S&T acquisitions.

Before joining DIA, Ms. Mumford was a Senior Contracts Manager for a large defense contractor responsible for $100M annual revenue. Ms. Mumford also worked at two other federal agencies as a Contracting professional, providing contractual leadership and guidance, and was a Contracting Officer for an Advanced Technology Program. Ms. Mumford earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Baltimore. She is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Level III certified in Contracting and Business Financial Management, and a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps.
SECAF Members
  • $45 Register by 7:00 pm on  March 7 at 7:00 pm
  • $55 After 7:00 pm on March 7 
NEW for SECAF Members!  If you know someone who might want to join SECAF, invite them to attend an event with you at the member rate.  When you register for an event, you will see a GUEST tab.  Enter the email address of the guest followed by the first name, last name and company name.  You can pay for both of you when you check out.
  • $85 Register by 7:00pm on March 7 at 7:00pm
  • $100 After 7:00pm on March 7
ATTIRE:  Business

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