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08 Aug

Odyssey Joins US Women’s Chamber of Commerce

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CEO Jaimie Gentry has registered Odyssey Consulting as a Supplier Member of the United States Women’s Chamber of Commerce (USWCC). The Chamber unifies the collective strength of women in the U.S. economy. Using a platform of influence, innovation, and opportunity, it works with and for its members to grow successful businesses and careers. The Women’s Chamber supports women’s business growth, retirement security, education and employment opportunities that are conducive to women and families.

This status provides reciprocal membership in The American Small Business Chamber of Commerce, core business councils, Council and Regional Leadership opportunities, business and political news and updates, as well as opportunities for regional and national visibility including Congressional meetings and hearings. As a Supplier Member, Odyssey Consulting is listed in the National Directory at WomenOwned.us. Find our directory listing here.

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19 Jun

Odyssey Consulting Joins AFCEA

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Odyssey Consulting is proud to announce our new corporate membership in the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA). Established in 1946, AFCEA is a non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry, and academia as an ethical forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, information technology, intelligence, and security. AFCEA connects innovative people, great ideas and vital solutions to advance the global security mission and support the warfighter.

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22 Apr

Aberdeen Proving Ground Presents Advanced Planning Briefing

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Odyssey Consulting learned about the Army’s upcoming contracting needs during the annual Advanced Planning Briefing to Industry at Aberdeen Proving Ground, April 17-20. Over the course of the week, representatives from different APG commands explained organization needs and potential contracts for the near future. The U.S. Army Contracting Command-APG distributes 30,000 contracts a year,totaling $12 billion.

Jeffrey S. White, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, said the Army is re-evaluating its acquisition and modernization structure and the processes used to deliver advanced capabilities and products, to ensure Soldiers always maintain a decisive advantage. He said the current system is too slow for the information age and the Army needs to move with the speed and innovation of the commercial sector. “We’re working to improve the way we do business in order to make the total Army more lethal, capable and efficient,” White said. “In doing so, we have to make sure the organizations, policies, processes and tasks that consume time, money and manpower deliver real value.”

Panels sessions during the APBI focused on the needs of the Army through the perspectives of general officers, senior executive service members and Warfighters. Breakout sessions for small businesses provided industry members with tips about how to work with APG.

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16 Apr

The Future of Hyperloop Transportation

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On April 11, 2018, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) co-hosted an event with the Hyperloop Advanced Research Partnership (HARP) to discuss the role of hyperloop in the future of transportation. The event began with an introduction from Pete Rahn, the Maryland transportation secretary and the chairman of the Maryland Transportation Authority (MTA). Rahn believes that Maryland has a congestion problem and that they must be open to any concept of innovative transportation that can help them better move people and things.

Following Mr. Rahn’s remarks, Dane Egli, Chief Strategy Officer of Odyssey Consulting and president/cofounder of HARP, introduced a panel of hyperloop experts to give their opinions on what the future of transportation holds. Sebastien Gendron, the CEO and co-founder of TransPod Hyperloop, feels that regulation is the key for commercialization, and his company’s objective is to develop hyperloop in the US.

Pete Stockton, managing director for Sonecon LLC, spoke of the need to include security considerations in the design process for hyperloop because if it becomes part of the foundation for American economic growth, adversaries will target it. Bibop Gresta, co-founder and chairman of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc., spoke of his company’s success in actually building the first hyperloop. He believes that many exciting advances are coming soon for the industry.

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13 Apr

Odyssey Participates in Sea Air Space Exposition

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This week Odyssey Consulting met with representatives from the Department of the Navy at the 2018 Sea Air Space Exposition, where we discussed technology applications and needs for the future. We also reviewed technology, programs and products currently in use, along with tactical real-life application perspectives.

The 2018 Sea-Air-Space Exposition featured 327 dynamic, innovative and sophisticated defense and maritime industry exhibits displaying the latest in technology and equipment. The event provided abundant opportunities to learn about, test and see the most advanced military equipment. Professional development sessions featured: high level discussions on important strategic policy issues, developments in policy, programs and needs for the maritime services. Panelists attended from the U.S. Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and State; the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard; and the Maritime Administration.

Undersecretary of the Navy Thomas Modly delivered the keynote address at the concluding luncheon, and spoke about the future of fleet design and the ways in which the Navy is working now to achieve that architecture. “The U.S. Navy will rise to this challenge created by introduction of great power competition,” said Modly. “We will do so by creating a bigger, better, more networked, more talented, more ready force.”

The exposition was founded in 1965 as a means to bring the U.S. defense industrial base, private-sector U.S. companies and key military decision makers together for an annual innovative, educational, professional and maritime based event located in the heart of Washington, DC.  Sea-Air-Space is now the largest maritime exposition in the U.S. and continues as an invaluable extension of the Navy League’s mission of maritime policy education and sea service support.

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19 Mar

Join Odyssey Consulting at the 34th Annual Space Symposium

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Odyssey Consulting will attend the 34th Annual Space Symposium held in Colorado Springs, Colorado April 16-19, 2018. This event has brought together space leaders from around the world to discuss, address and plan for the future of space since the inaugural event in 1984. Over the years, the Space Symposium has been the stage from which many notable space leaders have addressed the world. Prominent speakers have included the vice president of the United States, cabinet officials, such as the secretaries of commerce, transportation and defense, secretaries of the Air Force, directors of the National Reconnaissance Office, commanders of United States Strategic Command, United States Northern Command and Air Force Space Command, NASA, NOAA and FAA administrators, heads of global space agencies, members of Congress and senior industry executives. Odyssey Consulting looks forward to collaborating with other attendees to address current and future challenges of the space industry.

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18 Mar

SATELLITE 2018 Conference Gathers Aerospace Community

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The 2018 SATELLITE conference and exhibition was held March 12-15, 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Odyssey Consulting staff joined over 14,500 aerospace professionals to discuss the latest innovations in remote sensing and communication technology. For more than 35 years, the conference has brought together industry executives, government officials, entrepreneurs and satellite enthusiasts from more than 100 nations around the world.

Maxar Technologies CEO Howard Lance, a keynote speaker, shared how Maxar has unlocked the power of four market-leading space brands with end-to-end advanced systems capabilities and integrated solutions expertise. He addressed the opportunities that he sees for industry growth in this new space renaissance and why now is the right time for a vertically integrated company focused on helping customers address their most mission-critical challenges. The new space economy is expected to become a $1.1 trillion market by 2040. As capital is deployed more efficiently and technologies converge, demand for data and insights is growing and global IP traffic is projected to be about 60 times what it is now in the next 20 years. Companies that can provide commercially driven technology innovation will be well-positioned to accelerate and lead the new space economy.

Key sessions from the Imagery and Sensing Forum discussed industry’s insatiable demand for environmental data. Janet Nickloy, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Harris Corporation joined John Serafini, CEO of Hawkeye 360 and other panelists to discuss how satellite imagery and sensing provides an impressive set of data analytics tools that are helping businesses and industries make smarter, more informed decisions about their day-to-day operations and their future growth strategies. The session featured customers that have benefited from these solutions and the developers that are making it easier to capture, analyze and explain complex data sets.

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03 Mar

Mark Littleton Joins Odyssey Consulting

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Mark Littleton has joined Odyssey Consulting as its Senior Contracts Manager. Most recently from 2011 to present, Mark has been the principle Contracts Management individual responsible for proposal generation, negotiation and administration at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems.

Mark is a native of Fallston, Maryland and currently lives with Liz, his wife of 37 years in Parkville, Maryland.  They have three children and three grandchildren.  He graduated from Loyola University, Maryland in 1978 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and earned his MBA from the University of Baltimore in 1985.  From 1976 – 1979, Mark worked in the financial banking sector in a variety of capacities for the present-day BB&T as well as for M & T Bank, formally First National Bank of Maryland.

He began his 37-year Department of Defense related career in 1979 with Westinghouse as a Contracts Representative negotiating and managing a portfolio of spares and repair related logistics contracts before being given increasing levels of responsibility for prime mission hardware.

Mark’s DoD, commercial and classified business management experience literally covers major products from under seas to outer space and all points in between, foreign and domestic, both as a prime contractor and as a major first tier subcontractor.  He led or participated in over 100 negotiations totaling in excess of $5B and has managed over $8B of contract value.

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31 May

Dane Egli, PhD Named Chief Strategy Officer

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image00Dr. Dane Egli has been appointed to the position of Chief Strategy Officer of Odyssey Consulting, Inc. He will be responsible for establishing and executing a comprehensive strategic plan to carry out the long-term goals of the company. He will report directly to the CEO and provide actionable, quantitative plans to support the company’s key strategic initiatives.

Most recently Dr. Egli has been a senior advisor for National Security Strategies at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, focused on Homeland Security, Critical Infrastructure Resilience, Cyber and Maritime Security.

From 2004-2006 he served at the White House on the National Security Council staff as a Director for Counterterrorism and Global Counternarcotics, and was senior advisor to President George W. Bush on hostage rescue and global counternarcotics policy.

During a 33-year Coast Guard career, he served on six cutters in operational assignments conducting search & rescue and maritime law enforcement missions. He also served at US NORTHCOM as a senior advisor to the Combatant Commander (2006-2008). In the private sector (2008-2011), he was a senior systems engineer and business consultant for Integrity Applications Inc., Naval Research Laboratory, and several Fortune 100 Companies.

He is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business and Whiting School of Engineering; Distinguished Professor at the Colorado Technical University in Homeland Security Studies; and adjunct professor at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs for Homeland Security, Criminal Justice, and Cyber Security.

Dr. Egli is a native of Danville, Pennsylvania and graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1979, earning a Bachelor of Science degree (with honors) in Civil Engineering. He received graduate degrees from George Washington University and National Defense University, a doctoral degree from University of Colorado (Denver) and is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College.

He is the author of “Beyond the Storms: Strengthening Homeland Security and Disaster Management to Achieve Resilience,” published in 2014. He regularly appears on ABC, CNN, FOX News, Al Jazeera America, C-SPAN, and NPR to address the current war on terrorism, homeland security, emerging threats, and hostage rescue policy.

“Dane is an experienced visionary and change agent,” says Bradley Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of Odyssey Consulting, Inc. “We are excited to welcome him to the team as we work together to execute the company’s strategic initiatives.”

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