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A message from the president of NDIA San Diego Chapter

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The San Diego Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), along with our Marine Corps and Navy co-hosts Headquarters Marine Corps (Installation & Logistics) and Marine Corps Systems Command, and the Naval Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) welcome you to Gold Coast 2010! We are proud to once again bring Gold Coast to San Diego, the nexus of the largest concentration of naval and Marine Corps forces on the West Coast and the premier integrated sea, land and air training complex in the world. To our co-hosts, welcome back and thank you for the support and hard work you do to make this event relevant to both small and large businesses.

Success in meeting the needs of the naval war fighter requires a partnership between the Navy/Marine Corps and industry. Gold Coast provides a means to develop this partnership, especially for the creative, innovative and flexible small businesses so prevalent in this area. We know this year's Gold Coast will continue the tradition of enhancing support to our country's finest young men and women who serve in the armed forces.

The San Diego NDIA Small Business Committee's volunteers enthusiastically join with the USMC military community in lending themselves to this effort because Gold Coast perfectly embodies all three elements of the NDIA mission, which is to:

* ADVOCATE: Cutting-edge technology and superior weapons, equipment, training and support for the war-fighter and first responder.

* PROMOTE: A vigorous, responsive, government-industry national security team.

* PROVIDE: A legal and ethical forum for exchange of information between industry and government on national security issues.

NDIA chapters nationwide are committed to this mission, and the San Diego Chapter is among the leaders of this elite group. In fact, the San Diego Chapter has been designated a "model chapter" for the last seven years running, due in part to its myriad of activities and leadership in helping small businesses grow. The chapter also leads the national organization in the scope of its science, technology, engineering and mathematics education improvement efforts, and in educating local legislators (the chapter does not lobby) about the military facilities and the defense industries located in San Diego County.

Please visit the NDIA booth on the exhibit floor. If you miss that, visit our website at ndia-sd.org and click on our "Goals and Objectives" and "Tri-fold Brochure" links. The brochure link describes the benefits of NDIA membership for you and your company.

We offer special thanks to Lockheed Martin, returning for a third year running as the Navy 2010 Gold Coast Platinum Sponsor. Lockheed Martin is an industry leader in forming partnerships between large and small businesses. The same spirit is exhibited by our Diamond Sponsor, Boeing, and our Gold levels sponsors: Booz Allen Hamilton, ELT Insurance Services, INDUS Technology and Walter Thomas and Associates. Our 12 Silver Sponsors also deserve our appreciation: Accurate Engineering Integrated Construction Services, Administaff, BAE Systems, BecTech, Epsilon Systems Solutions, General Dynamics, Harper Construction, Hensel Phelps Construction, HP, Northrop Grumman, SAIC and Serco and also our Media Sponsor, The Daily Transcript. And, we express our admiration for, and appreciation of, our Small Business Consortium Sponsors, who are a perfect example of cooperation to achieve an important objective. Please take the time to read about and visit each of these businesses while attending this great event.

Enjoy Gold Coast 2010!

- Ken Slaght

President, San Diego Chapter National Defense Industrial Association


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