What is ICEAA AfterWork?
ICEAA AfterWork is a Meetup style event for the cost estimating and analysis community organized by the Washington Capital Area Chapter of ICEAA. Meetups are about connecting people with something in common and developing a community. While many connections today begin online, the most lasting relationships are made in person. ICEAA AfterWork was created as a follow on to the Next-Gen Cost Estimating and Analysis Meetup, and will continue its tradition of offering events that promote thoughtful discussion, distinguished speakers, and professional networking.
What topics will be discussed?
ICEAA AfterWork will address a broad spectrum of topics related to the fields of cost estimating and analysis and encourage the community to present ideas for future events. ICEAA AfterWork is a forum where current and next generation leaders of the cost estimating and analysis community can come together to discuss lessons learned from the past, the challenges of today, and the path forward for growing the size and relevance of the cost community and advancing the state of the art to better serve current and next generation customers.
What is the typical agenda for an ICEAA AfterWork Event?
5:00 – 5:30pm Sign-In and socialize
5:30 – 6:30pm Speaker or Forum Discussion
6:30 – 7:30pm Professional networking with snacks & beverages
Who has been invited to speak at ICEAA AfterWork?
Our inaugural ICEAA AfterWork speaker is Mr. David Burgess, Former Director of the Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR) Cost Analysis Department and current Corporate Director, Independent Cost Evaluations and Business Management Evaluations at the Northrop Grumman Corporation. Dave will share his experiences growing the NAVAIR Cost Department in terms of number of employees, capabilities and offerings, and ultimately value to NAVAIR. He will speak to how he effectively articulated to NAVAIR leadership the potential for cost to contribute more to NAVAIR through expanded capabilities and offerings along with new applications of cost estimating, delivered on that potential, and then sustained it. Lastly Dave will speak to how his experience in industry has influenced his view of the future of cost estimating and analysis as well as how industry and government can better work together for the benefit of the country.
Past Speakers from the Next-Gen Cost Estimating and Analysis Meetup included…
RDML Doug Small, Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems, who provided a unique perspective on challenges faced when leading a portfolio of programs and how cost estimating has helped enable his decision making process. Discussion included how credible cost estimates could and have helped in prioritizing programs and/or capabilities, what he hopes for and expects when being briefed on cost results, and what he sees as major challenges for the Service and Department in the future that cost analysts should prepare for.
Ms. Misty Tullar, the Director of Business Plans and Operations at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), provided insights into how the community can bridge the gap between cost estimation and budget formation, as well as how portfolio analysis can lead to credible, effective portfolio management. She emphasized that bridging this vital gap will move the cost community up the value chain in a meaningful way.
Fred Blackburn, who currently leads the Justice, Homeland Security, and Transportation business at Booz Allen Hamilton. Before joining Booz Allen in 2008, Fred headed up the management consulting division at Northrop Grumman/TASC. As a director, he was responsible for six lines of business, including acquisition management, decision analysis, cost and risk analysis, financial management, intelligence analysis, and change management.
Vice Admiral William ‘Andy’ Brown, who recently completed his 37-year naval career as the Director of Logistics of the Joint Staff. He currently works as the President and CEO of the National Defense Transportation Association. Throughout his career, he was assigned to the Naval Air Systems Command; the former Naval Aviation Supply Office; Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S Atlantic Fleet; Naval Supply Systems Command and Commander, Naval Air Forces. Brown has served in a variety of sea and shore duty assignment providing him with extensive logistics and management expertise.
Dr. Todd Calhoun, who currently serves as the Executive Director of Marine Corp Installations Command. He previously served as the Director of Program Analysis and Evaluation, Programs and Resources Department, Headquarters Marine Corps. Prior to his service with HQMC, Dr. Calhoun served as a Senior Operations Research Analyst with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation directorate.