Industry Day 2021 (March 25, 2021)
On Thursday, March 25, 2021, we heard from top officials about the cyber landscape and potential federal government procurement opportunities at the annual FMA Industry Day. Where will the major Fort Meade organizations spend their acquisition dollars in 2021 and beyond? Learn how the COVID-19 pandemic has effected acquisition plans and how you can set your sites on future business. This year’s Keynote Speaker was Army Maj. Gen. Garrett S. Yee of DISA. Guest Speakers were Diane Dunshee of National Security Agency, Doug Packard of DISA and Sharothi Pikar of USCYBERCOM.

Solving the Cyber Workforce Shortage Forum (February 23, 2021)
On any given day in Maryland, more than 22,000 cybersecurity jobs stand vacant. After extensive work, in September 2020, the Fort Meade Alliance released “Top Challenges in Acquiring CS/IT Talent in the Fort Meade Region,” a white paper identifying the key challenges in Cybersecurity/Information Technology (CS/IT) education and workforce. The forum presents the challenges, as well as work completed by small groups to identify how we can tackle these challenges as we grow the CS/IT workforce.

Key Leaders Series (October 8, 2020)
In the midst of this pandemic and an approaching election, hear the dynamic conversation from two national leaders. Topics include what the future holds for businesses large and small, how will Maryland compete, the threat from our adversaries, the future of cyber and education and workforce.

DISA Leadership in Action (August 7, 2020)
This informative virtual event for small business entrepreneurs featured two sessions. The first session featured DISA’s senior Contracting Leadership discussing various contracting topics that affect DISA and small business. The second session included valuable information about two of DISA’s premier contracts—SETI and ENCORE III.

Acquisition Guidance Webinar Series: National Security Agency (June 30, 2020)
This session welcomed back the National Security Agency (NSA) to share updated information related to doing business with the agency during the pandemic. Diane Dunshee, Deputy Director, Business Management & Acquisition and Deputy Senior Acquisition Executive reprised her role as a speaker, sharing the virtual stage with Maria Taylor, Deputy of the Office of Contracting, Maryland Procurement Office.

Acquisition Guidance Webinar Series: U.S. Cyber Command (June 11, 2020)
This installment of FMA’s Acquisition Guidance Webinar Series showed our community’s great interest in learning more about contracting with U.S. Cyber Command. The webinar featured Maj. Gen. John B. Morrison Jr., Chief of Staff of U.S. Cyber Command; Sharothi Pikar, Command Acquisition Executive/J9 Director; Quentin McCoy, Acquisition Chief Division, J9 Capabilities Development; and special guest, Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger.

Acquisition Guidance Webinar Series: Defense Information Systems Agency  (April 24, 2020)
As part of the Acquisition Guidance Webinar Series designed to help members understand agency guidance on COVID-19 relief and aid measures, DISA convened presenters Vice Adm. Nancy A. Norton, Director of DISA and Commander of the Joint Force Headquarters; Doug Packard, Director of the Procurement Directorate and Chief of DITCO; and Carlen Capenos, Director or the Office of Small Business Programs to speak to DISA’s guidance regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Acquisition Guidance Webinar Series: National Security Agency (April 21, 2020)
In this webinar, Diane Dunshee and Mollie Quasny of the NSA provided additional details on the agency’s implementation of Section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

COVID-19 Impacts on the Fort Meade Region Webinar (March 31, 2020)
The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all areas of our economy. Businesses and organizations must make increasingly difficult decisions as they navigate these uncertain times. Panelists Harry Gatanas, former NSA SAE; Barbara Petilli, Petilli Law; Kirk Murray, President & CEO, Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation; David M. Stevens, Partner, Labor and Employment, Whiteford|Taylor|Preston; and Anne Wagner, President & CEO, Wavestrike discussed a number of topics, including the CARES Act, State of Maryland funding efforts and essential business classifications; business community concerns for dealing with the prolonged crisis, and more.