SUFFOLK, Va. – Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR) hosted its first Industry Day, an interactive gathering of professionals in the information warfare realm, at the Information Warfare Hall of Heroes Auditorium, Suffolk, Virginia, Dec. 6.
Leaders from small and large businesses across the U.S. with Information Warfare (IW) capabilities participated in a collaborative setting while exchanging information to improve the understanding of the IW Type Command (TYCOM) mission and industry capabilities. More than 64 vendors participated.
Vice Adm. Brian Brown, commander, NAVIFOR, delivered the event’s opening remarks while thanking and recognizing everyone for making the first Industry Day a reality.
“Our goal is to have engaging and informative two-way conversations, provide an opportunity for you to learn more about what the Navy’s newest TYCOM is focused on, and for us to learn more about how you may help,” said Brown. “You have all been invited here as a result of your collective interest on how we align as a TYCOM to the Navy’s mission, and our focus areas since our establishment in Oct. 2014. Today provides an opportunity for you to learn more about the Navy’s Information Warfare mission, and it also provides an opportunity for Information Warfare subject matter experts to engage in innovative conversations exchanging ideas, capabilities, products and services.”
The guest speaker for NAVIFOR’s Industry Day was John North, head of Contracts and Acquisition Management, United States Fleet Forces (USFF) Command.
“I am proud to be part of this and want to thank all our industry partners. This is the first event of its kind for NAVIFOR as well as Fleet Forces Command,” said North. “This is something we look forward to doing across the fleet with our other TYCOMs and supporting commands so we can be transparent with our industry partners and ensure a common understanding of our requirements.”
The face-to-face setting also provided a forum for networking with key NAVIFOR subject matter experts and decision-makers, while fostering industry partnerships among highly capable businesses.
NAVIFOR’s Industry Day was planned and organized by Denise Roberts, director, Contracts and Acquisitions Management, NAVIFOR.
“This is a groundbreaking event, As Mr. North indicated, this is the first industry day that has been executed under USFF,” said Roberts. “This event is an important step to enable collaboration between our information warfare community and industry to ensure our fleet is prepared to take on the challenges of the future.”
NAVIFOR’s mission is to provide combat-ready Information Warfare forces to operational commanders, ashore and afloat, that are forward deployable, fully trained, properly manned, capably equipped, always ready, well-maintained and combat sustainable.
For more information about NAVIFOR, visit the command's website at http://www.public.navy.mil/fltfor/navifor/Pages/Default2.aspx, Navy News webpage at http://www.navy.mil/local/navifor or Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/USNavyInformationDominanceForces.