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NEWS | April 2, 2015

APBI Meeting Helps Connect Industry with NSWC Crane

By NSWC Crane Public Affairs

April 2, 2015

CRANE, Indiana - Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division hosted its third annual Advanced Planning Briefings for Industry (APBI) meeting on Wednesday, Apr. 1. The APBI meeting provided industry and academia with information on future NSWC Crane technology efforts, requirements and potential contract opportunities in order to help them learn how to do business with the warfare center. This year's theme was "Collaborating for Innovative, Lasting Solutions".

The APBI forum included presentations and discussions concerning ways to collaborate with NSWC Crane and build thriving partnerships to ensure future military success. Speakers explained the warfare center's three mission focus areas of Electronic Warfare, Special Missions and Strategic Missions to help attendees find areas of common interest between themselves and Crane. "Our work is in use 24 hours a day, seven days a week all around the globe," NSWC Commanding Officer Captain Jeffrey Elder explained.  "Crane is a highly relevant naval activity and we want you to be a part of us-- we want you to share in the pride of supporting the American warfighter.  Let us know how we can help you close that gap between wanting to work for us and starting to work for us."

Guests learned about Crane's current contract landscape, science and technology emphasis and approach to Cyber security initiatives. They also had the opportunity to network with both government personnel and other industry/academia representatives. "We want to make sure that connections are made and communications flow to make all of this relevant to our mission of supporting the warfighter," Elder stated.  "Meet with our folks and also meet with your peers.  Sometimes it's not the industry/government relationship that helps, sometimes it's the industry to industry peer partnering that allows two or three or more entities to team together to do well collectively as opposed to individually."

Located on the third largest naval installation in the world, NSWC Crane's $1.5B business base supports the Navy by leveraging its technical capabilities to support the warfighter in this rapidly changing combat environment.  Employees provide comprehensive support for complex military systems spanning design, development, deployment and sustainment.