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Military Communications Experts to Converge in San Diego

Military and combat technology will be on display next week at Milcom 2008, the annual defense communications forum co-sponsored by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Communications Society.

The Nov. 17-19 forum at the San Diego Convention Center will also include for the first time a workshop for small businesses looking to break into defense contracting.

A workshop, hosted Nov. 17 by defense giant Raytheon, is entitled “Defense Industry Collaboration with Small Business , The Role of Small Business in the Military Communications Marketplace to Support the Warfighter.”

It includes a panel discussion followed by matchmaker sessions with contractors that will provide an opportunity for companies to establish mentor-prot & #233;g & #233; relationships.

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Mentors attending include the Boeing Company, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, U.S. Small Business Administration, San Diego Procurement Technical Assistance Center and the Spawar Small Business director.

“The small business workshop adds another dimension to an already robust Milcom agenda,” said Don Brechtel, Raytheon Network Centric Systems supply chain director. “Through our workshop, we hope to create enduring partnerships between leading defense industry contractors and promising small businesses to deliver solutions that assure mission success.”

Raytheon, which provides electronics, mission systems integration, intelligence and other war-related services, employs 72,000 people worldwide and reported $21.3 billion in sales last year.

Registration for Milcom 2008 is at www.milcom.org.

, Ned Randolph

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