AFCEA Luncheon and Event Calendar

For Planning Purposes, please schedule these upcoming AFCEA Luncheons and Events:

Feb 18, 2016   – Lt Gen Larry D. James, JPL
*** NEW LOCATION - Manhattan Beach Marriott ***

Feb 16 - 2016 AFCEA Camp Pendleton Chapter Charity Golf Tournament

Mar 17, 2016 – Col Garrant (SY)

(Tentative) Early May 2016 - GPS Partnership Council

(Tentative) Laty May 2016 - MILSATCOM Symposium

(Tentative) September 2016 - SMC Industry Days

Feb 18, 2016 - Lt Gen Larry D. James, JPL

Feb 18, 2016
Lt Gen Larry D. James, JPL

Larry D. James is the Deputy Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  As the Laboratory’s Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible  for the day-to-day management of JPL’s resources and activities. This includes managing the Laboratory’s solar system exploration, Mars, astronomy, physics, Earth science, interplanetary network programs, and all business operations. These activities employ 5000 scientists, engineers, technicians, and business support personnel, generating $1.5 billion in annual revenues.

Prior to his retirement from the Air Force and his appointment as JPL Deputy Director, Lt. Gen. James was the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance at the Pentagon. He was responsible to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force for policy formulation, planning, evaluation, oversight, and leadership of Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. As the Air Force’s Senior Intelligence Officer he was directly responsible to the Director of National Intelligence and the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and led more than 20,000 Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance officers, enlisted and civilians across the Air Force ISR Enterprise.

Dress code is Business / Uniform of the Day.

Prior Registration/RSVP is Required.
To secure an available seat, please RSVP by 4PM on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Approximately 25 Government/Military seats are available on a first come/first serve basis.
We may be able to offer a few open seats to walkins at 1200.

Check In and Networking – 11:30AM – 12:00

Sit Down, Announcements, and Lunch – 12:00
Expected End time – Usually 1:45PM

Manhattan Beach Marriott
1400 Park View Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA
(310) 546-7511

LA Young AFCEANs visity SpaceX

"The Los Angeles Chapter of Young AFCEANS toured Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) Headquarters in Hawthorne, California on 9 December 2015 to learn more about the the private company advancing the Space Launch Business and sustaining NASA support to the International Space Station.  Lars Hoffman, Senior Director of Government Sales, conducted the tour of the facility and provided a great over view of the company's mission, accomplishments and current and future goals.  Young AFCEANs were able to learn about a corporation innovating the space industry and the impact of a young entrepreneur - CEO Mr. Elon Musk - who's vision of enabling people to live on other planets isn't just a movie script, but a goal with actionable objectives. Young AFCEANs toured the design and manufacture facilities and witnessed the energy of vision at work.  After touring the facility, Young AFCEANS gathered for lunch at the Eureka Tasting Kitchen, located in the Hawthorne airport next to Space X, to discuss all they had seen and learned. "

AFCEA­LA Small Business Update-Jan 2016

AFCEA­LA Small Business Update (DRAFT REVISION 2)

January 2016

The following information is for prospective small business contractors/subcontractors interested in doing business with Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) at Los Angeles Air Force Base (LAAFB).

The Office of Small Business Programs, SMC, LAAFB, handles determination of small business set­aside and sub­ contracting opportunities for SMC's space development and acquisition programs. Their mission is to promote increased access to SMC's procurement opportunities and they are SMC's advocate for small, minority, veteran, Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) and women business owners.

The SMC Small Business Office is responsible for the scope of small business programs mandated by public law. They maintain a list of candidate small business companies and their capabilities and use the list as industrial base consideration inputs for SMC acquisition strategies, such as potential small business set­asides.

SMC uses two primary IDIQ (Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity), Multiple Award Contracts (MACSs) for procurement of advisory and assistance services: the GSA One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) Pool 5b contract which is under the SMC Technical Follow-on (STS-2) Program and the SMC Acquisition and Financial Support Program (SAFS) contract.  Only vendors already identified within the GSA OASIS Pool5b and SAFS MAC IDIQ contracts may respond to SMC Task Orders and Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for the SAFS and STS-2 programs.

The OASIS Pool 5b contracting vehicle is for technical advisory and assistance services in areas such as Engineering Management, Technical Acquisition and Space and Ground Radar/Optical Systems.  Pool 5B is defined for the NAICS Code 541712, Exception C: “Research and Development in Space Vehicles and Guided Missiles, their Propulsion Units, their Propulsion Units Parts, and their Auxiliary Equipment and Parts.” OASIS Pool 5b includes small­business and large­prime contractor sub­categories. A current list of OASIS 5B contract holders can be viewed at the GSA web site:

SMC's SAFS contracting vehicle provides services supporting SMC's space development and acquisition mission, consisting of financial management; earned value management; schedule analysis; cost estimating, research and analysis; acquisition planning and reports; budget analysis; administration; manpower, personnel and training; configuration management; and data management. In December 2012, SMC awarded the SAFS MAC IDIQ to four vendors: Quantech Service, Inc., BTAS Inc., Tecelote Research Inc., and MCR Federal LLC – all small businesses.

Other small businesses interested in teaming/subcontracting with OASIS Pool 5b and SAFS prime contractors are encouraged to directly contact each vendor within the two programs to determine if a suitable teaming arrangement exists. The SMC Small Business Office can help facilitate this engagement via its outreach services.

In addition, the Small Business Office offers outreach services to the small business community with the SMC Industry Days program and one­on­one counseling for small businesses interested in pursuing space and missile systems work for SMC. Their contact information is below.

Contact information for the Office of Small Business Programs at SMC:

Web: Mail: 483 N. Aviation Blvd., El Segundo, CA 90245 E­mail:

Phone: 310­653­1108

Related Events:

MILSATCOM Conference: March. 2016 TBA

SMC Industry Days: Septermber 2016

GPS Partnership Council – First week of May TBA


January 21, 2016 - Abe Awwad

January 21, 2016
Abe Awwad

Mr. Abe Awwad is currently the Chief  of the Advanced Concepts and Planning Division in the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Los Angeles AFB, El Segundo, CA.  He is responsible for the acquisition of the follow-on systems for both the Weather and Space Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS) programs.

Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Awwad was the Deputy for the  Defense Weather Systems Division, leading a program team of over 150 government and 500 contractor personnel to provide worldwide strategic and tactical forces with weather and space environmental data to support air, ground, naval, and space operations.  His portfolio includes the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Space System; its successor, the Weather Satellite Follow-on program; solar and ionospheric sensors, and supporting ground systems. Mr. Awwad was directly responsible for the acquisition, test, launch, and sustainment of these system elements to meet Department of Defense operational requirements.

Mr. Awwad entered the Air Force in 1995 through the Air Force PALACE ACQUIRE intern program.  He has served in a variety of space acquisition programs to include Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP), Spaced Base Infrared Systems (SBIRS) and Space Tracking Satellite System (STSS). Mr. Awwad  served as the Program Manager for the Defense Weather Satellite Systems (DWSS) and Chief Engineer for the Defense Weather Systems Directorate. He also served as the Mission Assurance Lead for SMC, responsible for independent assessments and ensuring launch readiness.

Dress code is Business / Uniform of the Day.

Prior Registration/RSVP is Required.
To secure an available seat, please RSVP by 4PM on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Approximately 25 Government/Military seats are available on a first come/first serve basis.
We may be able to offer a few open seats to walkins at 1200.

Check In and Networking – 11:30AM – 12:00

Sit Down, Announcements, and Lunch – 12:00
Expected End time – Usually 1:45PM

Location and Directions to the Proud Bird Restaurant
GPS: 33.935405, -118.378351
PROUD BIRD Restaurant
11022 Aviation Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 670-3093

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