The following events should be of particular interest to the OFRN Community.

All About Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) for Ohio Defense Suppliers @ virtual
Oct 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This webinar is open to Ohio small business suppliers to the U.S. Department of Defense and is being presented by the Dayton Development Coalition, Sawdey Solutions Services, Inc., and The Ohio State University Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME).

What is CMMC?

The Department of Defense is taking steps to further prevent the loss of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) within the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) as it is critical to maintaining national security. The current Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) 252.204.7012 and associated clauses require contractor compliance with certain cybersecurity control standards. The CMMC requirement builds upon this existing regulation and combines various cybersecurity control standards (e.g., National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 27001, and Aerospace Industries Association National Aerospace Standards 9933, etc.) into a single, unified standard for cybersecurity.

In addition, CMMC requires DoD suppliers to achieve and maintain certification through a verification process that assesses the institutionalization and maturity of cybersecurity practices and processes.

Why should you attend?

Scheduled for phased implementation over the next 5 years, future DoD solicitations will require offerors to hold a CMMC certificate at a specified level or higher to be eligible for award. To obtain a CMMC certification, companies will coordinate directly with an independent, accredited CMMC Third-Party Assessment Organization (C3PAO) to request and schedule a CMMC assessment. Upon successful demonstration of the appropriate capabilities and organizational maturity, the organization will receive the corresponding CMMC level certification.

What does the seminar offer?

  • Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and Covered Defense Information (CDI) defined and explained.  What is compliance with DEFARS 252.204.7012?
  • Overview of Cybersecurity and Risk Management Frameworks forming the basis of CMMC
  • Overview of CMMC v 1.02
  • CMMC Implementation Plan and Timeline
  • Review and explanation of Certification Requirements – Initial and Maintenance
  • Presentation of Cyber Assessment alternatives including self-assessment resources
  • Recommendations for documentation, tools, and resources to help you get to compliance


Subject matter expertise from Sawdey Solutions Services, Inc.  |  Beavercreek, Ohio

Harry Krukenberg is a highly accomplished supply chain consulting professional with military and private sector experience spanning nearly 29 years. Mr. Krukenberg is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt who has served clients at Air Force Materiel Command, U.S. Transportation Command, the General Services Administration, Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Postal Service.  Mr. Krukenberg is a recognized subject matter expert in Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC), and Automatic Identification Technology (AIT) applications and technologies. In addition, he has significant consulting experience in the areas of supply chain risk management, supply chain strategy & planning, project management, business process reengineering, change management, and education & training. Mr. Krukenberg is a retired U.S. Air Force civil engineering officer with proven leadership skills having led large and small teams in a variety of fast paced and diverse environments.

P. Michael Smith is a cybersecurity expert with over 16 years of professional experience (federal, state, local, and private sector).  He was an Information System Security Manager/Auditor for several multimillion-dollar Information Systems for the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC).  Mr. Smith was selected to be the Chief Information Officer and Authorizing Official for the New Mexico Army National Guard.  He was certified by the FBI as a Computer Forensic Examiner and recognized by the U.S. Federal Courts as an expert witness in his field.  Mr. Smith was the cyber team leader and designated cybersecurity technical expert for the governor of New Mexico.  He holds multiple cybersecurity certifications to include a master’s degree in information technology – security assurance.  Mr. Smith has diverse knowledge and expertise in NIST, DoD RMF, and other information standards.

Ohio Aerospace & Defense Forum @ Online
Oct 6 @ 8:45 am – 4:30 pm

With Special Guest U.S. Congressman Michael Turner

The Dayton Development Coalition, along with many key partners and sponsors, hosts the annual state-wide Ohio Defense and Aerospace Forum. The Forum is for defense installation leadership, community leaders, industry representatives, and elected officials to connect, build awareness, and gain a deeper understanding of the current defense environment, and the role they play in supporting all facets of national defense.


Unmanned Systems Academic Summit – 2020 @ virtual
Oct 15 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Online Proceedings Hosted By the National UAS Training and Certification Center

The 6th annual Unmanned Systems Academic Summit will include invited experts providing engaging presentations related to their work in unmanned systems research and development, education and training, commercialization, and technology transfer.

This year’s proceedings will occur online, with registered attendees gaining access to the live event for opportunities to ask questions of the speakers following each presentation. Additionally, the event will be recorded to provide the conference proceedings to both those that attended the live event and to anyone that may register following the Summit but who still wish to access the content.

Because the event is virtual this year, each registration will also include a certificate for a free Introduction to UAS Simulation and Flying lab experience, a $30 value.

Summit participants may schedule a session at a later time for themselves, give it to someone else to enjoy, or donate it for the college to provide the experience to a local middle or high school student.

 The full Summit agenda with highlighted speakers will be released over the coming weeks. Please continue to monitor the event website for updates and additional information.

The Air Force Advanced Manufacturing Olympics (AMO) @ virtual
Oct 20 – Oct 23 all-day

About the Event

The Air Force’s inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Olympics is an exciting week of collaboration, technical design challenges, speakers, and more, all focused on advanced manufacturing. Wherever you are, discover new technologies and insights from thought-leaders across government, industry, academia and small businesses – delivered straight to your digital device.

RSVP for updates and more details on how to join this virtual experience.

Who Should Attend

The Advanced Manufacturing Olympics is aimed at translating innovative ideas into enduring solutions. By working together through technical challenges and more, we will identify solutions for progress. Join us and be a part of finding those solutions.
  • Government personnel
  • Non-traditional DoD suppliers
  • Traditional government contractors
  • Academia (high school students, college or university students
  • Startups and tech companies

At This Event


Pathfinders discussing advanced manufacturing and more from across industry, government and academia.


Panel and town hall style discussions with thought leaders in industry, government, and academia.


Virtual training opportunities for registered participants.


Experiential space to highlight and demonstrate technology breakthroughs and advancements. Open to industry partners, small businesses and academia.


Virtual booth space for government, industry partners, small businesses, and academia.


Unique technical challenges designed to solve some of the Air Force’s most significant sustainment issues.

For companies or academic groups interested in general updates, virtual expo opportunities, or showcasing technology in the innovation playground, please go to the event website to RSVP for additional information.
Ohio Space Forum @ virtual
Oct 29 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Ohio Space Forum will bring together federal, military, industry, and academic leaders in the dynamic fields of space research, operations, intelligence, exploration and defense. Speakers will address Ohio’s space history, and how the state continues to play a leading role. Learn more about growth opportunities for businesses in Ohio as we continue to support our nation’s vital space missions.


Wright Dialogue with Industry 2021 @ Dayton Convention Center (Dayton, OH)
Jul 20 – Jul 22 all-day

ANNOUNCEMENT from DaytonDefense WCI Chair

Hello Everyone,

I hope this note finds everyone well during these challenging times.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, DaytonDefense has been working diligently to plan and replan our annual Wright-Dialogue with Industry (WDI) event evaluating many options for in-person and virtual event formats. WDI has grown significantly over the years and our goal throughout the replanning has been to ensure that we can provide a high level of quality, foster critical dialogue, and provide significant benefit for every participant’s time.

After evaluating many options for WDI 2020 we have unfortunately decided that it is best to cancel WDI 2020 altogether. Feedback from our recent attendee survey, our personal safety concerns of attendees and their families, continued restrictions on travel and meeting attendance for government and industry, and the inability to conduct meaningful discussions on sensitive technical research and development topics in a virtual online environment all led to this decision.

Although WDI 2020 has been cancelled, please continue to visit our website and view our email announcements for important upcoming events where you can learn about WPAFB needs, requirements, and plans across a multitude of technology and acquisition sectors.

We have already started planning our next WDI. Mark your calendars for July 20-22, 2021 here in Dayton, Ohio!

On behalf of our volunteer-based DaytonDefense organization, please take care and stay safe.

Ron Dexter
DaytonDefense WDI Chair

Go to the event website for updates and details.