The best never rest, and neither do threats. Whether you’re a Program Manager, Procurement Specialist, or end user, the key to success is staying ahead of the curve through continuous training. Our courses are custom-tailored for different agencies. We cut out irrelevant details and focus on the scenarios you’re likely to face.

All courses are delivered in a hands-on format by experts who have lived—and survived—what they teach.

  • Receive course credits
  • Learn from subject matter experts
  • Walk away with hands-on, scenario-based training

Based on James Stavridis’ nearly four decades of military service, he advocates a unique model of “leader as servant.” He believes in the power of people and shares with audiences specific ways to unlock their strength through positive reinforcement and innovative incentive systems. In particular, he helps audiences leverage lessons learned from their own experiences, understand how to identify role models, and gain insight into leadership strategies from other cultures—both the positives and negatives.

Four-Star Admiral | Commander | Operating Executive | Chairman of the Board | Doctor | Dean | Author | Columnist | Inspirational Speaker

WHAT: Keynote Speaker

WHEN: 0900 -1000

LOCATION: Ballroom

*FREE to Attendees*

Day #1

July 10, 2019 | 1030 – 1130

Classroom 2B | Virginia Beach Convention Center

HUMAN RESOURCES: Leveraging Your Strengths

In this session, you will learn the theory behind the four most common communication styles, identify your preferred communication, and learn how to adapt your style to improve communication and decrease conflict to get better performance results.

July 10, 2019 | 1200 – 1300

Classroom 2B | Virginia Beach Convention Center

C4ISR: Counter UAS—The Rise of Commercial Threats

Unmanned Aerial System’s (UAS) availability, affordability, and technology has surged. As unfriendly individuals, groups, and countries gain access to this technology, the need to develop useful countermeasure systems that are versatile, scalable, and available today, continues to rise. This course helps attendees carefully consider potential roadblocks to procuring effective solutions in a timely manner.

July 10, 2019 | 1330 – 1430

Classroom 2B | Virginia Beach Convention Center

CONTRACTS: Rapid Acquisition in Times of Crisis

Recent crisis’ such as the Austin bombing, Vegas shooting, natural disasters, and rapid deployments, all have one thing in common—equipment was needed and FAST! Equipment that the DoD, military and federal agencies otherwise wouldn’t have or need access to. From Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC) and service-specific contracts to tailored solutions, learn how ADS leverages agile and flexible procurement solutions to meet your needs in a time of crisis.

July 10, 2019 | 1500 – 1600

Classroom 2B | Virginia Beach Convention Center

HUMAN PERFORMANCE: Control Stress Response

Did you know evolutionary mechanisms designed to cope with stress can strangle performance? In this session, participants will learn about the physiology behind feedback loops that exist between the brain and breath, how the body reacts to stress, and practical tools to redirect behavior patterns in high-stress situations. Rob Wilson comes from a formal education in manual therapy with 15+ years of experience as both a practitioner and teacher. He resides in Virginia Beach, VA with this wife Thomi where they have owned and operated CrossFit Virginia Beach since 2006.

Day #2

July 11, 2019 | 1030 – 1130

Classroom 2B | Virginia Beach Convention Center

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT: Building Custom Solutions for Urgent Operational Needs

Do you have unmet requirements that can’t be fulfilled with existing commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) items? Unmet operational requirements occur when a problem goes unidentified, the right solution doesn’t exist, or funding isn’t available. ADS’ team of experts and partner suppliers work tirelessly to research, develop, and integrate new products that solve a problem, leverage existing legacy systems and are easily procurable. In this class, bring your most challenging requirement and learn how ADS’ product development approach can serve you.

July 11, 2019 | 1200 – 1300

Classroom 2B | Virginia Beach Convention Center

CONTRACTS: Your Requirement Shouldn’t Scare You

ADS’ team of subject-matter experts scout the defense landscape for the latest trends, technology, and equipment to anticipate your needs long before you need them! We partner with agencies to offer quick, efficient obligation of your funds for your equipment requirements in today’s DoD budget environment. Whether you’re procuring strength training equipment or extreme cold weather gear, we are your one-point source for rapid acquisition.

July 11, 2019 | 1330 – 1430

Classroom 2B | Virginia Beach Convention Center

STATE & LOCAL: Adoption of Battlefield-Proven Technology

What was once disarming a gunman has evolved into disarming an IED. Law enforcement’s call of duty is to keep innocent citizens safe and that can only be done with the latest technology and equipment. Active shooters, domestic terrorism, the proliferation of drones, and the home manufacturing of illicit drugs are a few examples of why the role of a first responder is even more dangerous than just a few years ago. In this brief lecture followed by a Q&A panel, attendees will learn how this landscape is predicted to change even more in the coming years and how to best equip their teams for the unexpected.

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