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A co-host of the 2011 Navy Small Business Opportunity Conference, or Gold Coast, the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) encourages small businesses to take advantage of the information and training provided at this year's conference.

Information Systems technician Seaman Jaron Franck monitors the ship's Automated Digital Networking System from the Radio Communication Center aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln is currently underway off the coast of Southern California conducting Flight Deck Carrier Qualification as part of a scheduled work-up. U.S. Navy photo: Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class James R. Evans

An aerial view of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) headquarters in San Diego taken in June 2010. SPAWAR is responsible for serving as the Navy's technical lead for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), providing the hardware and software to connect sailors at sea, on land and in the air. Photo: U.S. Navy

Air Traffic Controller Airman Chelsea Pitchford monitors an air approach radar console in the amphibious air traffic control center aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). This photo is from September 2010, when the Essex was part of the forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group and participating in Valiant Shield 2010, a joint U.S. military exercise in the western Pacific. U.S. Navy photo: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Greg Johnson

Team SPAWAR Small Business Office representatives Jill Mahdessian (left) and Faye Esaias discuss potential business opportunities with a conference attendees at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Western Conference and Exposition (West 2011). West 2011, which was held in January, is the largest event on the West Coast for communications, electronics, intelligence, information systems, imaging, military weapons systems, aviation and shipbuilding. U.S. Navy photo: Rick Naystatt

SPAWAR is the Navy's Information Dominance Systems Command tasked to develop, buy, install and integrate information dominance capabilities for the fleet and other Navy partners. Information dominance is the ability to collect, process and disseminate an uninterrupted flow of information while exploiting or denying an adversary's ability to do the same.

With research laboratories and support facilities centered in San Diego, Charleston, S.C. and at fleet concentrations areas around the world, SPAWAR is actively engaged with customers, stakeholders, industry and academia to achieve its mission.

As a technology-driven organization, SPAWAR relies on the agility, innovation and efficiency that small businesses bring to the table. Small business contract awards already make up a significant portion of annual SPAWAR obligations while other cooperative programs can help new businesses get started.

Research and technology oriented programs like Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer are valuable tools that help both the Navy and small businesses develop promising technologies to a level suitable for transition to a defined acquisition program.

The 2011 Navy Gold Coast is a valuable opportunity for the Navy and small businesses to exchange information and ideas to help promote and deliver the most efficient and effective capabilities possible for our warfighters.

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