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February 2014

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Monthly Contracting News

Inside this Issue: Booz Allen Hamilton Business Expansion More than $200 Million in Contract Awards Govt. Recognition for Unisys Cloud Innovation Info on Chief Procurement Officer Summit


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Table of Contents News

Booz Allen Expands Commercial Energy Business with New Houston Office..............................................................6 General Dynamics Board Authorizes Share Repurchases..............................................................................................8 General Dynamics Chairman and CEO Novakovic to Speak at Investor Conference.................................................8 Unisys Executive Steve Kousen Recognized for Cloud Innovation in U.S. Federal Government.............................10 Aerospace Corporation Ranked for Training Award ...................................................................................................12

Contract Awards General Dynamics Awarded $21 Million Contract for Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutter Program............................14 ExxonMobil Announces First Production From Damar Gas Development...........................................15 Air Force Selects Lockheed Martin To Integrate Air Operations & Missile Defense Assets............................16 Kratos Awarded Five-Year SeaPort-e Contract........................................................................................................18 L-3 Coleman Wins $73 Million Contract for Medium-Range Ballistic Missile Target Vehicles............................20 ManTech Awarded $85 Million to Provide Range Sustainability Services for Military Training & Testing............22 Vanquish Worldwide Awarded $10.2 Million to Retrograde U.S. Bases across Afghanistan............................23 Xerox Helps Department of Veteran’s Affairs Automate Healthcare Claims Pricing............................24 International Monetary Fund Selects Fusion PPT to Deliver ITSM Consulting Services............................25

Events & Trade Shows Americas Congress ’14..................................................................................................................................................27 Big Data Symposium......................................................................................................................................................28 ISC West 2014..............................................................................................................................................................29 Chief Procurement Officer Summit.............................................................................................................................30 National Logistics Forum............................................................................................................................................32

Travel Guide for the Business Professionals City Guide: Atlanta, GA............................................................................................................................................34


News

Booz Allen Expands Commercial Energy Business with New Houston Office February 10, 2014

McLean, Virginia – Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH) announced today that it has opened an office in Houston, Texas, expanding its commercial energy practice into one of the world’s major energy centers. Vice President Stephen Senterfit, a 20-year veteran of the oil, gas and utility industries, will lead the new office and firm’s Commercial Energy business. Senterfit recently joined Booz Allen from executive positions at Halliburton and SAIC. In those roles, he helped energy clients in North America, Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East transform their performance through strategic planning, improved processes and use of data, technologies, and operational excellence. Booz Allen consults with various commercial energy clients and government agencies to provide leading-edge transformational business and technology solutions addressing a full range of energy challenges. Support to clients ranges from addressing cyber security, regulatory compliance, energy sustainability, and optimizing operations through advanced analytics to strategic simulation and innovation. “Energy companies face increasingly complex technical, financial, regulatory, and environmental challenges. We have positioned the firm’s capabilities to address those challenges and support our clients’ missions - enabling them to make safe, fast, and accurate decisions across the energy value chain,” said Steve Senterfit, vice president. Booz Allen is currently engaged with the American Petroleum Institute (API) and leaders in the oil and natural gas industry to develop strategic plans for an Oil and Natural Gas (ONG-ISAC) Information Sharing and Analysis Center. Similar to the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), the ONG-ISAC will provide a forum for sharing threat intelligence and cyber security practices across the oil and natural gas subsector, as well as with appropriate government agencies. Booz Allen's experience developing and operating threat intelligence capabilities through multiple Information Sharing and Analysis Centers, private sector client organizations, and government clients has been key to helping plan the ISAC.


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General Dynamics Board Authorizes Share Repurchases February 6, 2014

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The board of directors of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) yesterday authorized management to repurchase up to 20 million shares of the company's issued and outstanding common stock on the open market. General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 96,000 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies.

General Dynamics Chairman and CEO Novakovic to Speak at Investor Conference February 14, 2014

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Phebe N. Novakovic will speak at the Barclays Industrial Select Conference in Miami on Thursday, February 20, at 9:45 a.m. EST. General Dynamics will provide a live webcast of the presentation via www.generaldynamics.com. A replay will be available after the live presentation. More information about General Dynamics is available at www.generaldynamics.com.


News

Unisys Executive Steve Kousen Recognized for Cloud Innovation in U.S. Federal Government February 5, 2014

Unisys Federal Systems executive Wins 2014 Federal 100 Award BLUE BELL, Pa. – Unisys Corporation (NYSE:UIS) today announced that Steve Kousen, vice president of cloud, email and collaboration services, Unisys Federal Systems, was named by Federal Computer Week as a recipient of its 2014 Federal 100 Award. The Federal 100 Awards recognize leaders in the government IT community "who have gone above and beyond their daily responsibilities and have made a difference" in the way technology has been used to transform the government and its mission. Kousen has worked closely with government IT leaders and cloud service providers to bring innovation to the federal marketplace by leveraging commercial best practices. He has championed the integration of numerous cloud service provider products so that these commercial offerings can be applied efficiently in federal agencies. He has engineered award winning implementations of cloud-based email, collaboration, archive, storage and computer platforms. "I am extremely pleased at this recognition of Steve Kousen, who has been a leader in helping so many government agencies move to the cloud, as a winner of the Federal 100 Award," said Ted Davies, president of Unisys Federal Systems. "His real world experience and energetic willingness to share lessons learned distinguish him as a member of the federal IT community." About Unisys Unisys is a worldwide information technology company. We provide a portfolio of IT services , software, and technology that solves critical problems for clients. We specialize in helping clients secure their operations, increase the efficiency and utilization of their data centers, enhance support to their end users and constituents, and modernize their enterprise applications. To provide these services and solutions, we bring together offerings and capabilities in outsourcing services, systems integration and consulting services, infrastructure services, maintenance services, and high-end server technology.


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Aerospace Corporation Ranked for Training Award February 5, 2014

El Segundo, Calif. – The Aerospace Corporation ranked number 82 in Training magazine’s Training Top 125 organizations with the most successful training and development programs in the world. The rankings were announced Monday, Feb. 3rd at an invitation-only, black-tie ceremony. Aerospace was nominated for its workforce development activities performed by its corporate university, The Aerospace Institute, and its Human Resources Division. This year marks TAI’s 20th anniversary of delivering corporate training for technical and business education, and leadership development. The technical curriculum includes missi on assurance, space systems architecting, acquisition, and technologies and engineering disciplines associated with space missions and systems. Additional information about TAI can be found here: http://www.aerospace.org/education/theaerospace-institute/ For more than 10 years, Training magazine’s Training Top 125 award winners have been organizations with the most successful learning and development programs. All applications were judged by an outside research company, by Training magazine’s editor-in-chief, and by the Top 10 Hall of Famers that appeared in the top ten of the Training magazine’s Top 125 for four consecutive years. The Aerospace Corporation is a California nonprofit corporation that operates a federally funded research and development center and has almost 3,500 employees. It provides technical guidance and advice on all aspects of space missions to military, civil, and commercial customers to assure space mission success. The Aerospace Corporation is headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., with multiple locations across the United States.


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General Dynamics

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Awarded $21 Million Contract for Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutter Program February 14, 2014

BATH, Maine – The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works a $21.4 million contract for the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) program. Bath Iron Works is one of three shipyards chosen from a field of eight competitors to proceed to Phase I design work on this next-generation cutter program. The Bath Iron Works team includes L-3 Communications (New York, N.Y.) and Navantia, S.A. (Spain), a shipbuilder that Bath Iron Works has collaborated with for more than 30 years. Bath Iron Works president Fred Harris said the Coast Guard design contract was an important development as the shipyard seeks to expand its customer base and maintain its design and manufacturing workload. “Our experienced engineering and design team will now focus on developing a preliminary OPC design that meets or exceeds our customer’s requirements,” said Harris. “We will also continue our yard-wide actions to ensure we can build these ships affordably, safely and on – or ahead of – schedule.” At the end of the 18-month Phase I period, the Coast Guard will select one team to develop Phase II detail design and build the first nine to 11 ships of a planned 25-ship class. The OPC is a next-generation ship which will replace the Coast Guard’s aging fleet of Medium Endurance Cutters, complementing the current and future fleet and extending the service’s operational capabilities. The OPC will feature increased range and endurance, more powerful weapons, a larger flight deck and improved command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment. For more information on the OPC program, visit http://www.uscg.mil/acquisition/opc/.


ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil Announces First Production From Damar Gas Development  Field peak capacity forecasted at 200 million cubic feet of gas per day  Onshore fabrication completed in less than a year February 13, 2014

IRVING, Texas – Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) today announced the start of natural gas production at the Damar field off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. ExxonMobil subsidiary, ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc., has a 50 percent interest in the project. The Damar field has a projected capacity of 200 million cubic feet of gas per day. ExxonMobil and joint-venture partner Petronas Carigali Sdn. Bhd. have planned a total of 16 development wells for the platform. “Damar will help meet increasing natural gas demand in Malaysia,” said Neil W. Duffin, president of ExxonMobil Development Company. “It also represents one of several projects that will add to ExxonMobil’s global production in the coming years as we remain focused on delivering profitable volumes over the long term.” Damar was developed under a gas production sharing contract between ExxonMobil, Petronas Carigali and Petronas. ExxonMobil is the operator of the Damar field and Petronas Carigali holds a 50 percent interest. The Damar startup follows the previously announced Telok gas development in Malaysia, which began production in March 2013. The projects provide additional gas supplies to help meet Malaysia's power and industrial needs and promote growth of the country’s natural gas industry.


Lockheed Martin

Air Force Selects Lockheed Martin To Integrate Air Operations & Missile Defense Assets February 4, 2014

DENVER, CO — Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] is developing a software planner that integrates air operations and missile defense systems, giving the Air Force the ability to “see” and better understand dynamic global situations. The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded Lockheed Martin a contract worth approximately $8 million to provide an air and missile defense planner that will be integrated into the U.S. Air Force Air Operations Center. “This planner offers an unprecedented capability to analyze multiple sources of information to support rapid and efficient deployment decisions,” said Rob Smith, vice president of C4ISR for Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions. “Our goal is to enhance situational awareness and facilitate collaborative planning for all combatant commands.” Lockheed Martin’s planner will link dissimilar weapon and sensor data with map-based planning tools and decision aids that will allow AOC operators to collaboratively plan missions with greater speed and higher confidence. By integrating the missile defense data sources on to a common visualization platform, operators can easily generate and publish planning tactical operations documents to support creation of an area air defense plan. In addition, the planner incorporates an open, non-proprietary software infrastructure that will allow the Air Force to rapidly introduce new capabilities. This open architecture also facilities integration with legacy systems and ultimately helps lower total ownership costs. Lockheed Martin leveraged years of expertise gained developing air operation and missile defense systems such as the Command, Control, Battle Management & Communications (C2BMC) system, which integrates multiple standalone ballistic missile defensive weapons systems; the Theater Battle Management Core System, which plans and executes air order taskings for Air Operations Centers, and theIntegrated Space Command & Control (ISC2) system which unites data from approximately 40 U.S. Air Force air, missile and space command and control systems.


Kratos

Kratos Awarded Five-Year SeaPort-e Contract Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity, Multiple Award Contract With Maximum Total Value of $7.9 Billion February 3, 2014

SAN DIEGO – Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that its Defense & Rocket Support Services (DRSS) division was awarded a five-year SeaPort-e Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Multiple Award Contract (MAC) from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren. The contract award covers all seven zones with a maximum contract value of $7.92 billion. Task Orders can be issued under this contract by the Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Naval Supply Systems Command, Military Sealift Command, Naval Facilities Command, Strategic Systems Programs, Office of Naval Research, and the United States Marine Corps. The services provided under this contract span the entire spectrum of mission areas supported by the above activities and technical capabilities that comprise the various ordering offices, as well as provide professional support services to the overall Navy and Marine Corps organizations. "We are very happy with this contract award, as it allows us to continue providing support to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps with our full range of engineering and technical capabilities as a prime contractor. Kratos has enjoyed great success through our previous SeaPort-e contract, under which we have successfully won a number of significant task order contracts. We look forward to another five years of successful support," said Dave Carter, President of Kratos' DRSS Division.


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L-3 Coleman Wins $73 Million Contract for Medium-Range Ballistic Missile Target Vehicles February 3, 2014

NEW YORK – L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) announced today that its Coleman Aerospace business has been awarded a new, competitively won contract from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to provide Medium-Range Ballistic Missile (MRBM) target vehicles for use in tests of missile defense systems. The initial value of the award is approximately $73 million, with additional options valued at more than $400 million over the next five years. In support of MDA, L-3 Coleman will develop and manufacture the MRBM targets and provide integrated logistics support, including inventory storage and maintenance, pre- and post-mission analysis, launch preparation, launch execution, and engineering services. These targets are an essential part of MDA’s test plan to verify the effectiveness of its missile defense systems. “We are proud to be the winner of this critical competitive contract from MDA. L-3 Coleman has over 21 years of successful target system delivery performance, providing high-quality targets at an industry-leading value. Most recently, L-3 Coleman successfully demonstrated our Extended Long Range Air Launched Target (E-LRALT) in the FTI-01 integrated live-fire demonstration in October 2012. This was one of the largest, most complex mission flight tests ever attempted. We are extremely pleased to continue our work with MDA by applying the ELRALT proven technology to the MRBM program,” said Steve Kantor, president of L3’s Electronic Systems Group. “This contract for target vehicles will enable MDA to continue to assess the performance of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense systems.” L-3 Coleman developed the first successful air-launched ballistic missile target in 1999 and has accomplished a long list of firsts in successful air launches. The business has air launched singlestage, two-stage and three-stage targets for MDA. In addition, L-3 Coleman has launched from C-17 and C-130 cargo aircraft at remote and diverse locations and azimuths over thePacific Ocean.


ManTech

ManTech Awarded $85 Million Contract to Provide Range Sustainability Services for Military Training and Testing Range Complexes January 31, 2014

FAIRFAX, Va. – The U.S. Navy's Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific has awarded ManTech International Corporation (Nasdaq:MANT) a prime contract to provide range sustainability services for military training and testing range complexes and assets at various locations worldwide. The single-award, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract has a 1-year base period and six 1-year options with a value to ManTech of $85 million. Under the contract, ManTech will continue to provide NAVFAC Pacific with environmental services for military readiness activities including environmental and operational military range planning for the U.S. Pacific Fleet and other U.S. activities in the Pacific Ocean and the western United States. ManTech professionals will also continue to deliver critical planning solutions for complex environmental and regulatory challenges in order to sustain and enhance training and testing capabilities for the Navy and Marine Corps. "NAVFAC Pacific has unique environmental and regulatory challenges associated with training sustainability and test ranges," said Dan Keefe, president and chief operating officer of ManTech's Mission Solutions & Services Group. "We are pleased to continue providing our integrated operational, analytics, and environmental planning expertise in support of the Navy's environmental planning initiatives."


Vanquish Worldwide

Vanquish Worldwide Announces Supplemental Contract Award of $10.2M to Retrograde U.S. Bases across Afghanistan January 29, 2014

MARYVILLE, Tenn.— Vanquish Worldwide, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) dedicated to providing worldwide support services to the U.S. Government and commercial market sector since 2007, has been awarded a supplemental contract to their prime contract issued by the U.S. Central Command for National Afghan Trucking (NAT). NAT is the largest transportation contract in Afghanistan and vital to the U.S. Government’s current retrograde mission throughout the country. Vanquish Worldwide is currently the only U.S.-based company and small business performing on the contract. As a prime from September 2011 until present day, Vanquish has gone from distributing Class I, II, III, IV, VI, VII, VIII, VIIII, and X cargo to more than 400 forward operating bases to now supporting U.S. retrograde efforts and transporting equipment and supplies to locations for shipment and transport out of Afghanistan. Vanquish has proven itself to be a leader in transportation and logistics services in the harsh environment of Afghanistan with over 1,738,000 miles driven in support of NAT. They have successfully executed more than 12,500 truck movements, completing an average of 487 missions per month. More than 30 million liters of fuel, 78,000 tons of dry goods and 61,000 tons of heavy equipment has been delivered across Afghanistan utilizing a fleet of 1,260 vehicles with up to 500 assets on the road at one time. “We are honored to assist the U.S. Government in its retrograde mission and look forward to continuing our successful track record of on time missions with no cargo loss,” said Matt Naugher, Transportation Manager of Vanquish Worldwide.


Xerox

Xerox Helps Department of Veteran’s Affairs Automate Healthcare Claims Pricing January 28, 2014

NORWALK, Conn. — Xerox (NYSE: XRX) has been selected to improve the healthcare claims pricing strategy for the Department of Veteran Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Xerox will help the VHA meet new Federal guidelines for non-contracted home health and hospice services provided by non-VA medical providers. VHA will use an electronic home health and hospice pricing solution to key claims data into the system and get a Medicare price in return. The work will be conducted through a web portal pricing tool. “Claims pricing is a growing segment of the VHA’s health services offerings. By implementing this reimbursement tool, the agency will see significant savings in benefits dollars,” said Mike Bowers, group president, Federal Government Solutions, Xerox. “The pricing tool will help identify and free up Federal funds for additional services to our Veterans.” Previously, VHA did not have the capabilities to price non-contracted home health and hospice claims under the new Medicare pricing methodologies. Xerox’s previous 2-year contract with the VHA for purchased care claims was similar to the new contract in that it priced anesthesia, outpatient, end stage renal disease and ambulatory surgery center claims under Medicare rates instead of under VHA rates.


Fusion PPT

International Monetary Fund Selects Fusion PPT to Deliver ITSM Consulting Services Fusion PPT announced today that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) awarded Fusion PPT with a prime contract to deliver Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) consulting services. January 22, 2014

Vienna, VA – Fusion PPT, a recognized strategy and technology consulting firm, announced today that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) awarded Fusion PPT with a prime contract to deliver Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) consulting services. Fusion PPT will assist the IMF in evaluating, selecting, and implementing an ITSM tool suite to replace a legacy system. ITSM is a process-based approach that is aimed at optimizing IT service delivery by aligning delivery with business needs, focusing on the benefit to the customer. ITSM manages the delivery of end-to-end IT services using best practice process models such as the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). Fusion PPT experts will utilize their in-depth experience with ITSM to provide technical and strategic guidance in the selection of a new ITSM tool to assist the IMF in achieving their Service Management-as-a-Service (SMaaS) objectives. The contract’s overall aim is to provide technical and strategic guidance to the IMF in selection of a new ITSM tool. The IMF expects to improve the efficiency and productivity of its IT operations through increased usability and simplicity with the new ITSM solution, and improved clarity of related procedures. The IMF is looking to deploy an ITSM solution that is easy to use, user friendly, easy to configure, minimizes the overall total cost of ownership (TCO), and provides a fast, comprehensive transition to full implementation of the tool within the target environment. As an IT research pioneer and a vendor-independent advisor to their clients, Fusion PPT leverages emerging technologies such as cloud computing, big data, and mobile technologies to help organizations to address their critical IT concerns. On this contract, Fusion PPT will leverage its considerable experience with cloud computing to help the IMF to procure an ITSM solution that may be delivered in a cloud environment in order to minimize TCO and speed implementation.


Event

Americas Congress ’14 March 5-6, 2014: Miami, FL

Innovative Strategies for Advancing Your Procurement Function Through People, Process, Risk & Value The Procurement Leaders Americas Congress is a new, pioneering cross-industry gathering for senior procurement executives. For the first time, leading CPOs and thinkers in procurement from North, Central and South America will address the challenges faced by the function today and in the future. Reasons to Attend  Learn from the best – Our presenters and roundtable hosts are seasoned professionals who know firsthand what works and what doesn’t work, enabling you to take away ideas that apply to your team or projects.  Create a customized learning experience - People, Process, Risk & Value will be explored through themed track sessions and a range of formats. This will allow attendees to move freely between topics and give room for different preferences in style of presentation.  Make invaluable connections - This event represents a unique opportunity to meet some of the greatest minds in procurement and supply chain management from North, Central and South America. For more information, visit their website at: http://www.procurementleaders.com/americas-congress-miami/americas-congressmiami/americas-congress-miami?&Tab=Overview


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Big Data Symposium March 19-20 2014: Washington, D.C.

Today’s Warfighter has access to an ever-increasing number of sensors, imagers, internet artifacts, open source and other sophisticated collection devices and mechanisms, to the point that a major challenge has become how to sift through this massive amount of information to find the most critical and actionable items of intelligence. Increasingly, this must be accomplished in near-real time and the information must be packaged in a format capable of being shared with all other pertinent parties. The result is that sensor, computer and communication technologies are being strained beyond capacity to keep pace with current and future information management and analysis needs. ‘Big Data’ tools, techniques, and technologies seek to provide the means to analyze, exploit and share conclusions drawn from this seemingly overwhelming information load. This outstanding symposium brings together the key government and industry experts who are shaping the direction of big data research and development for defense and homeland security.  What are the latest DoD, Intelligence Community, and Homeland Security needs and initiatives in big data?  How is big data analytics being applied to ISR, intelligence sharing, GEOINT fusion, video analytics, atmospherics, identity, biometrics, and a whole range of other critical mission applications?  What role are new tools, techniques, and technologies – predictive analytics, cloud computing, metadata, etc. – playing in making big data analytics a reality? What are the future challenges and opportunities?  What are the future challenges and opportunities? What role(s) can industry play? These and many other critical questions will be examined during this outstanding two-day event. For more information, visit: www.bigdataevent.net


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ISC West 2014 April 1-4, 2014: Las Vegas, NV “The 2014 International Security Conference (ISC) West is the largest physical security show in North America featuring over 1,000 exhibitors. ISC will host over 75 sessions providing critical information on the newest technologies in security.” Why Attend ISC West 2014?  ISC West is the largest physical security show in North America featuring over 1,000 exhibitors in one place in just 3 days  Our business critical education programs will keep you informed on the most relevant products, technologies, and strategies in today’s evolving security market  More breakthrough product unveils than ever before  Invaluable networking and industry events Sands Expo & Convention Center 201 Sands Avenue Las Vegas, Nevada 89109-2617 Contact  Sherida Sessa, Event Director at Reed Expo, at (203) 840-5831 or ssessa@reedexpo.com For more information, visit: http://www.iscwest.com/


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Chief Procurement Officer Summit April 7- 8, 2014: Atlanta, GA “Globalization, compliance pressures, supply market risk and other factors have simultaneously elevated the visibility of the procurement role within organizations. No longer a back office role, the CPO plays a crucial position in the implementation of sustainability and has evolved into an enterprise-wide strategic mission. Today’s CPO faces a host of new challenges.” The CPO Summit is the premium forum bringing elite buyers and sellers together. As an invitation-only event, taking place behind closed doors, the Summit offers solution providers and procurement executives an intimate environment for a focused discussion of key new drivers shaping the industry. CPOs and other senior executives in procurement attending the Marcus Evans CPO Summit will examine such critical topics as:      

The evolving CPO and CFO relationship. Fine tuning procurement within the organization. Deploying an effective collaborative approach to sourcing. Reducing the carbon footprint and evolving into a sustainable organization. Strengthening the relationship between stakeholders and the CPO. Finding and retaining top talent in procurement.

The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead 3434 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326 Contact  Jennifer Keljik, Marketing Manager at Marcus Evans Summit Division, at (312) 540-3000 or jenniferke@marcusevansch.com For more information, visit: http://www.cpo-summit.com/


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National Logistics Forum April 14- 16, 2014: Washington, DC “The National Logistics Forum will bring together senior Pentagon-based logistics policy officials and senior government logistics practitioners and leaders to address the daunting challenges presented by the current severe fiscal constraints and future austere budgetary environment, and their impact on support for the Warfighter and sustainment of a viable logistics industrial base. A technology exhibition will spotlight cutting-edge logistics capabilities being developed to support Warfighters in an efficient and effective manner.” The National Logistics Forum will bring together senior Pentagon-based logistics policy officials and senior government logistics practitioners and leaders to address the daunting challenges presented by the current severe fiscal constraints and future austere budgetary environment, and their impact on support for the Warfighter and sustainment of a viable logistics industrial base. A technology exhibition will spotlight cutting-edge logistics capabilities being developed to support Warfighters in an efficient and effective manner. The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is America’s leading Defense Industry association promoting national security. NDIA is proud to provide a legal and ethical forum for the exchange of information between Industry and Government on National Security issues. Our members foster the development of the most innovative and superior equipment, training and support for our warfighters and first responders through our divisions, local chapters, affiliated associations and events. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20004 Contact  Allison Hitchner, Associate Director, Exhibits, (703) 247-2573, ahitchner@ndia.org For more information, visit: http://exhibits.ndia.org/ndia/public/MainHall.aspx?eventid=704


Atlanta, Georgia

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Getting to Atlanta via Airplane: Hartsfield Jackson International Airport (ATL) is 10 miles from downtown Atlanta, and is one of the busiest airports in the country, so it’s safe bet that you can get a flight to meet your needs. But you should also plan accordingly, allowing yourself wiggle room when you fly in and fly out of Hartsfield in case of airport or weather related delays. Ground Transportation: Taxi rates from the airport to downtown run approximately $30 as a standard flat rate. Standard taxi rates run approximately $2.50 for the first 1/8 mile, and 25 cents for each 1/8-mile thereafter so it adds up fast. Of course Atlanta is a large spread out city so be aware that travel and traffic times need to be factored into this. Though there is just over half a million people living in Atlanta proper, there are nearly six million people in the greater region. Getting around the City: Atlanta is a big city, but driving is the best idea, in spite of the occasionally congested freeways. The first thing to learn is OTP or ITP. These Atlanta related slang terms translate to "outside the Perimeter" and "inside the Perimeter." The Perimeter, also known as Interstate 285, circles the city of Atlanta. Be specific by adding the phrase "top end," meaning the section of the Perimeter above I-20, or the phrase "bottom end," referring to anything below I-20. Some newcomers have a hard time realizing if you travel on I-285 you will eventually wind up where you started, and no one wants that. Public transportation is also quite easy and MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) is the most popular transportation system being simple for both bus and train riders. Look for the striped signs in blue, orange, and gold, which are identified as MARTA stations, stops, and vehicles. For those who ride the MARTA bus, the names and route numbers are displayed above the vehicle’s windshield. For train riders, there are signs that direct them to the trains and give directions to platforms for boarding. There are courtesy telephones, MARTA police, and, customer service staff that can help you if you need require assistance. The Breeze card costs $1, then amounts are loaded onto it.


Atlanta, Georgia

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Weather: Spring in Atlanta is mild with temperatures from the mid-70s to the low 80s as it nears summer, but March is the wettest month, so have an umbrella handy. During the summer months, the temperatures fluctuate within the 80’s but July is the warmest month of the year in the 90s. But it’s the famous humidity that takes some getting used to! Fall means foliage and the leaves begin to change. October is the least rainy month of the year so outdoor activities are always possible and the weather stays in the upper 60s. Winter in Atlanta can actually mean snowfall, typically less than 2 inches and it doesn’t stay on the ground for very long. Daytime highs range from the mid to upper 50’s, and nighttime temperatures drop into the low to mid 30’s.

Off the Clock: The Sanctuary Located in trendy Buckhead, this is the place if you love dancing but salsa dancing in particular. Fridays are salsa nights with lessons starting at 9 p.m., so if you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced this is a comfortable place to dance. Most of the people there are regulars, so it’s a friendly dance club. Drinks are not allowed on the dance floor, there is plenty of seating if you want to take a break and it’s smoke-free! Entry is free before 10 p.m. and there is free and accessible parking in their private lot. World of Coca-Cola Since Atlanta is considered the birthplace of Coke, the World of Coca-Cola is a must stop to understand the history of the world's most famous soft drink. The tour features a fullyfunctioning bottling line that produces an 8 oz. glass bottles of Coke for each guest. There are over 1,200 never-before-displayed artifacts ranging from vintage bottles to a 1939 delivery truck from Argentina, even a 4-D movie experience, "In Search of the Secret Formula.” Taste It! Is where you will sample over 60 different flavors of the classic beverage from around the world and then try to match the original by mixing your own concoction in the Vault of the Secret Formula. And you can have your photo taken with the Coke polar bear just to prove you were here! Admission is $16. Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site Encompassing 35 acres, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site is comprised of landmarks as well as modern-day monuments and facilities. This is a journey through the historical struggles of the South and life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. You can visit Dr. King's original gravesite and current tomb, tour his boyhood home, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the historic Fire Station No. 6 - one of the South's first desegregated fire houses. There is also the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, and it’s all free.


Atlanta, Georgia

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Dining in Atlanta: Recommendations for Business Meetings Fox Brothers : Fox Brothers has been voted as the best BBQ in Atlanta by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. All their meats are cooked low and slow over hickory, including baby back ribs, pulled pork and brisket. Atlanta has no shortages of excellent local BBQ places, some looking less than appealing from the outside, however the food is what you’d expect from great Southern BBQ. Located in Buckhead this is nothing fancy looking but it is mouth watering. 1238 DeKalb Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30307

SkyLounge: SkyLounge was voted one of the top 23 roof-top bars in the world by ABC.com. Frankly any roof top bar is terrific scenery and SkyLounge is the best rooftop bar in the city, with postcard perfect expansive views. Providing fusion cocktails and traditional cocktails the SkyLounge is a great place to start or end your evening. There is also music to keep the energy moving, but it does allow smoking. 110 Marietta St NW Atlanta, GA 30303

Glenn’s Kitchen: You’re in the South, therefore shrimp and grits is a must try. Glenn’s Kitchen serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner in a comfortable but upscale environment, which feels more like a nice club than a restaurant. This is an ideal place to hold a meeting without feeling like you’re holding a meeting. Foods include North Georgia trout, North Carolina Red Chicken, and their popular fish tacos. 110 Marietta St NW Atlanta, GA 30303


Atlanta, Georgia

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Quick Eats on a Budget Just Around the Corner: This spot is, well, just around the corner from the World Congress Center and is tiny but quick. Less than 10 bucks for a good burger, seasoned fries, and a drink with free refills, now that’s a deal. The tables and chairs under the red awning are a great place to people watch. The sign says "The Best Burger in Town" and it may not be the best but it’s pretty darn good. If you are here on a weekday, take a second to step inside the State Bar Building across the street and see President Woodrow Wilson's law office recreated in the lobby! 76 Spring St NW Atlanta, GA 30303

Per Diem Rates as of 2013: The following rates apply for Atlanta, Georgia Primary Destination* Atlanta

Max Lodging by Month (Excludes Taxes)

County Fulton, Dekalb and Cobb

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133

133

133

133

Meals & Inc. Exp. ** 56

* NOTE: Traveler reimbursement is based on the location of the work activities and not the accommodations, unless lodging is not available at the work activity, then the agency may authorize the rate where lodging is obtained. ** Meals and Incidental Expenses, see Breakdown of M&IE Expenses for important information on first and last days of travel.


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