Two events this week will shine the spotlight on Indiana's growing defense sector. The 17th annual Buy Indiana Expo, which begins Tuesday in French Lick, will help link Hoosier companies with business opportunities at the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center. Wednesday, Crane's Advance Planning Briefings for Industry is expected to attract more than 400 defense contractors from throughout the country to southern Indiana. During an interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, Radius Indiana Chief Executive Officer Becky Skillman said the events are important for the continued growth of Hoosier defense businesses, which have been facing challenges. The Buy Indiana Expo is set for Tuesday, April 1st from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the French Lick Resort Valley Links and Learning Center.

Advance Planning Briefings For Industry is scheduled for Wednesday, April 2 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. at the WestGate Academy Conferencing and Training Center in Odon, Indiana.

March 20, 2014

News Release

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) is excited to be hosting its Advance Planning Briefings for Industry (APBI) meeting. This year’s theme is “Enduring Mission Relevance”

The purpose of the APBI meeting is to provide industry and academia with information on future NSWC Crane technology efforts, requirements, potential contract opportunities, and how to do business with NSWC Crane. The APBI forum provides presentation and discussion on how industry/academia and NSWC Crane can collaborate and build thriving partnerships to ensure future Warfighter success.

The meeting will include presentations from senior leadership covering the three mission focus areas:

Electronic Warfare/Information Operations

Special Missions

Strategic Missions

Date & Time: Wednesday, 2 April 2014, 0800 – 1515

Location: WestGate Academy Conferencing & Training Center 13598 East WestGate Drive Odon, IN 47562

A Google map of the location is available on the contact page.

Cost & Registration: There is no cost to attend this meeting; however, registration is required. Please use the following link to register:

2 April 2014, West Gate Academy, Odon, IN


0700 – 0800 Onsite Registration & Networking

0800 – 0810 Introduction and Administrative Remarks

0810 – 0820 Welcome & Opening Remarks

0820 – 0840 NSWC Crane Strategic Direction

0840 – 0920 NAVSEA Perspective – SEA02 Speaker

0920 – 0940 Contracts Opportunities

0940 – 1000 Small Business

1000 – 1020 Break

1020 – 1050 Technology Transfer

1050 – 1150 Electronic Warfare (EW) Strategies

1150 – 1300 Lunch

1300 – 1400 Strategic Missions (StM) Strategies

1400 – 1500 Special Missions (SpM) Strategies

1500 – 1515 Closing Remarks

​Concurrent to the main sessions, the four breakout rooms identified below there will be staffed by Crane Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from each focus area as well as representatives from the small business area for industry representatives to meet and discuss various topics.

​Electronic Warfare

Strategic Missions

Special Missions

Contracts, Small Business, Technology Transfer, Science & Technology (S&T)

Additional information will be provided in the confirmation email you receive after registering. If you have any questions, please email

Source: Radius Indiana

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