PANAMA CITY, Fla. —
COVID-19 has presented a host of restrictions across the world, but in the digital age of communication, this did not stop the ability to collaborate and foster partnerships.
Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) hosted 376 participants with the majority being defense contract partners during its 2020 Industry Day with the theme “Maintaining Maritime Superiority during a Pandemic” on Dec. 1 via Microsoft Teams Live. The virtual platform allowed NSWC PCD to reach almost triple the audience from the 2019 in-person Industry Day.
The event included welcoming remarks from NSWC PCD’s Commanding Officer, Capt. David Back, and Technical Director, Dr. Peter Adair, along with leaders from NSWC PCD technical codes and Contracting department. These information sessions provided defense contract partners additional information regarding the command and missions of the technical departments.
Back described the event as a way for the command to strengthen its partnerships, enabling NSWC PCD to rapidly deliver products and services to the fleet.
“One of our strategic objectives is to be a partner of choice,” said Back. “This event enables our command to connect with industry partners across the country to form a collaborative environment that expands the advantage and strengthens our Navy’s technical edge by delivering capabilities into the hands of our nation’s warfighters.”
Specific goals of the event were to brief industry on upcoming procurements, encourage synergy between NSWC PCD and industry representatives, gain a better understanding of industry’s concerns with the procurement process, provide a platform for open discussion and exchange of ideas, and increase competition by sharing information in advance of the procurements being released.