Announcing Keynote for September 20 AMP SoCal Bi-Annual Meeting

The Price School – USC Center for Economic Development and the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California (AMP SoCal) are pleased to announce that Arnie Streland of Northrop Grumman will be the keynote speaker at the AMP SoCal Bi-Annual Meeting on September 20. He joins a dynamic lineup of presenters and panelists focused on “Advancing Today’s Supply Chain for Tomorrow’s Opportunities” – the theme for the daylong business-focused event.

Arnie Streland has over 30 years of experience in space system development. He currently serves as Senior Director, Strategy and Business Development for Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems where he has strategy and business development responsibilities for Air Force Space & Missile Systems Center (SMC), NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), other government agencies, aerospace industry vendors, and partners in the Los Angeles area. He has previously held industry positions as Director, Strategy and Business Development for ATK, and as Manager, Space Program Office for Parsons.

Prior to joining industry, Mr. Streland served 26 years active duty in the United States Air Force with a wide range of assignments in space systems engineering and acquisition. His final Air Force assignment was as Director, Space Superiority Systems Directorate, at SMC. A native of Pennsylvania, Mr. Streland has a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University and Master’s Degrees from the University of Southern California, the United States Air Force Air Command and Staff College and the United States Air Force Air War College.

Other companies represented throughout the day include industry leaders Virgin Orbit, K2 Unmanned Systems and Boeing. The first panel will discuss “Opportunities Related to Drones, Space, and Cybersecurity.” Aerospace has always been at the cutting edge of technology, with new advances in drones and space exploration reinventing how we travel the skies. But cybersecurity is increasingly necessary to protect that technology, and has become a mandatory measure for the supply chain within the Defense sectors. This panel will discuss opportunities within the drone and space industry, and how mindful cybersecurity measures will protect businesses who pursue those opportunities.

Next the Case for Adopting Additive Manufacturing and New Manufacturing Technology will be discussed between William Haas, Procurement Manager, BDS Supply Chain, Boeing and Chris WentworthAdditive Manufacturing Practice Lead, CMTC. Various innovative approaches to workforce & training and practical application for manufacturers will be the focus of the second panel, “Preparing the next workforce.” The day will end with a featured presentation about the future trends for the industry from the Department of Defense, conducted by a representative from the Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, U.S. Department of Defense and moderated by William Pannier, Esq., NDIA – Greater Los Angeles Chapter.

AMP SoCal is committed to hosting an A&D-focused meeting for C-level leaders, management, and manufacturers in Southern California’s supply chain. The meeting’s objective is to provide valuable insight through an array of expert panelists and speakers that feature highly-relevant and topical A&D concerns. The event also serves as a platform for colleagues within the industry to network and learn of AMP SoCal’s in-depth and multi-faceted approach to supporting manufacturers.

Registration is currently open for the September 20 Bi-Annual meeting, which will be held at the USC Ronald Tutor Campus Center from 8:30 am – 3:15 pm. Early bird registration is a $75 fee, registration after September 14 is $100, the price includes a continental breakfast and networking lunch. Registration deadline is September 19. 12$ on campus parking is separate.


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