MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE Albany, Ga. --
Nearly 100 local and national businesses showed off their technological innovations for members of the Marine Corps Logistics Command at the Albany James H. Gray Sr. Civic Center, Aug. 12.
The Marine Corps Logistics Command 2010 Small Business Trade Show offered local and national vendors the ability to showcase their logistic and technology solutions to a broad LOGCOM audience.
According to Hattie Mosley, director, Small Business Program Office, Marine Corps Logistics Command, the event went well with a presence of more than 300 attendees and 92 separate exhibits.
A trade show of this kind has not been hosted in more than a decade by LOGCOM, and the command has seen a steady increase in local businesses wanting to build a working relationship with LOGCOM over the years, according to Mosley.
“We had so many contractors coming in wanting to do capabilities briefs,” Mosley said. “We could not accommodate them all, so it was decided the best way was for the contractors to come in and showcase their products and services in a hosted event like this.”
Keynote speaker of the event, Rear Adm. David F. Baucom, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for acquisition and logistics management, said that following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, military spending increased nearly 50 percent.
With recent drawdowns in military spending directed by the Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, all organizations in the military would have to find new solutions to workloads with increasingly tighter budgetary restraints, he said.
“The gusher has been turned off and will stay off for a good long time,” Baucom said about previous years’ defense spending. “We are focused on trimming the fat. We are focused on efficiency. We are aggressively searching for ways to trim over $100 billion over the next five years.”
Part of trimming the budget includes identifying waste of streamlining maintenance processes and using new technology that will capture unused energy such as the Landfill/Gas Project, Baucom said.
“In the future, new budgetary restraints will implement more environmentally-friendly technology,” Baucom said. “The government seeks help from small businesses already practicing innovative techniques and wants to create new technological solutions.”
With the renewal of the LOGCOM Small Business Trade Show, local businesses can show the military their methods and technological advances to help make LOGCOM more efficient, more fiscally sound and environmentally responsible.
“(We) always want to make sure (we) do everything possible to provide the very best product we can,” said Brig. Gen. James A. Kessler, commanding general, LOGCOM. “In doing these types of things, and identifying other organizations that help us do what we do, perhaps we can do it better.”
Kessler said bringing in small business solutions to LOGCOM not only helps it achieve its mission in a more efficient way, it also helps provide jobs for the local area.
“I think when we look at the economic situation around the country, and this area in particular, encouraging companies to come into this area helps the Albany/Dougherty County area as well,” he said.