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WID event to examine Defense Outsourcing. (Women in Defense).

Women In Defense (WID), A National Security Organization, will host its first annual national conference on April 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner in McLean, Va.

The conference--entitled "Defense Workforce Outsourcing: Opportunities for Business"--will focus on the business opportunities offered by the Pentagon's plans to contract out work now done by government employees.

By the end of this fiscal year--under a directive from President Bush--the Defense Department must allow private industry to compete for at least 15 percent of government jobs that can be filled by non-government workers. The conference will examine the department's plans and those announced by the individual services to comply with the directive. Invited speakers include:

* U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va.

* Ariane Whittemore, assistant deputy chief of naval operations for logistics.

* Maj. Gen. Wade McManus Jr., commanding general of the U.S. Army Operations Support Command, at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill.

* Maj. Gen. Larry Lusk, assistant chief of staff for Army installation management.

A panel of industry representatives will discuss the opportunities created for the private sector by the president's directive. Panelists include former Army Gen. William Tuttle, who recently stepped down from the Logistics Management Institute; retired Air Force Lt. Gen. John Fairfield, currently vice president for strategic development and integration at DynCorp; retired Marine Maj. Gen. Joseph T. Anderson, now with Peduzzi Associates Ltd., and Patricia J. Parson, president and CEO of AmerInd Inc.

"This is the first rime that Women In Defense has hosted a national conference," said WID President Norma Powell Byron. "The conference is intended to offer attendees and the organizations they represent an opportunity to learn how they can contribute to this government initiative."

The event is expected to attract business development professions, Defense Department program managers and installation contract managers from a variety of federal agencies, Byron said.

Registration fees for the conference (event # 3WID) are $200 for members, $260 for nonmembers and $150 for government employees. Consult the WID Web site at http://wid.ndia.org for additional information and instructions on how to register.

Defense Budget Opportunities

WID members are invited to attend a breakfast briefing on the 2004 Defense Department budget on Wednesday, March 12.

Maj. Gen. Carl H. McNair Jr., USA (Ret.), DynCorp's special assistant for government relations and legislative affairs, will point out opportunities for defense contractors. McNair will outline 2004 funding for the services, the war on terror and the impact on force structure and military capabilities.

The briefing will be held from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. at NDIA headquarters, at 2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite 400, in Arlington, Va. Registration fees are $10 for members and $20 for non-members. To register, mail your name, address, phone number and check (made payable to Women In Defense) to: Attn: WID March Briefing Registration, Women In Defense, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite 400, Arlington, VA 22201-3061. Registrations also will be accepted at the event.
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Title Annotation:Women in Defense
Author:Brand, Lois F.
Publication:National Defense
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Date:Mar 1, 2003
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