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 WID and AFEI Breakfast Series 


 Defense Workforce In Turmoil ~ Cost Benefits and Risks 

Event Number



 9/8/2010  to 9/8/2010 


 NDIA Headquarters 


 Trina Dickey, [email protected] 



On August 9, 2010 Defense Secretary Robert Gates stated:  “I concluded that our headquarters and support bureaucracies…have swelled to…top-heavy proportions, grown over-reliant on contractors, and grown accustomed to operating with little consideration to cost.”

In a May 28, 2009 service-wide memorandum, Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn provided implementing guidance the Secretary’s plan for "realigning resources for FY 2010-2014 to decrease funding for contract support and increase funding for approximately 33.4K new civilian manpower authorizations, 10,000 of which are for the Defense acquisition workforce." He concluded, "In-sourcing is a high priority of the Secretary of Defense."

Consistent with its statutory obligations under Title 10, in-sourcing is one of the tools the Department has to reduce its reliance on contracted services; help shape the workforce; reduce operational risks by appropriately aligning work between the private sector and government performance; generate efficiencies and savings; and ensure the Department has the necessary capabilities and skills to meet its missions.  As of June 30, 2010, the Department of Defense has established more than 16,000 new civilian positions a result of in-sourcing. 

A distinguished panel will discuss the impact of the Secretary’s recent efficiency directives on the Department’s workforce, including the “in-sourcing of contracted services” and a “position freeze.”  Attendees from both small and large businesses and government employees affected by the transitions that will be impacted by these directives and changes will benefit from the dialogue.

Discussion:  How do in-sourcing, position freezes and contractor reductions contribute to efficiencies and impact the bottom-line of businesses? 

  • Describe the status of in-sourcing in OSD, Defense Agencies, and the Military Services.
  • Evaluate in-sourcing ~ Cost Benefits and Savings
  • Define “Inherently Governmental” unlikely and likely candidates.
  • Discuss the impact of in-sourcing and outsourcing on workforce productivity and morale.

Panel Members

J. David Patterson is the executive director of the National Defense Business Institute (NDBI) at the College of Business Administration, University of Tennessee. He is the former Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Comptroller and served as the executive director of the Department of Defense sponsored Defense Acquisition Performance Assessment study.

Ms. Rose Wang co-founded Binary Group in 1996. Binary Group is a management & technology advisory firm dedicated to the Federal Government – serving its mission-driven leaders with enterprise-level responsibility in IT.

Thomas J. Hessel is a senior manpower analyst in the Requirements and Program & Budget Coordination Directorate of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness (OUSD(P&R)), where he serves as the program lead for the Department-wide in-sourcing program, a highly-visible priority initiative of Secretary Gates.


Jennifer Bisceglie is the Founder and President of InTEROS Solutions, Inc, a multi-million dollar Federal Contractor. She is a 2009 Enterprising Women's Award Winner as well as Washington Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business 2009.

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7:30 AM Registration
8:00 AM-9:00 AM Session

Moderator:  Jennifer Bisceglie, President, Interos Solutions, Inc. (15 Min)

Overview : Impact of Initiatives on Industry and Government Workforces  

Academia:  J. David Patterson – Executive Director, National Defense Business Institute University of Tennessee, Knoxville (15 Min)

History of In-sourcing/Out-sourcing and Impact on the Budgets 

DoD: Thomas J. Hessel – Sr. Analyst OUSD Personnel and Readiness (15 min)

Status of the Department of Defense In-sourcing Initiative

Small Business: Ms. Rose Wang – Binary Group, Inc. (15 Min)

Impact of the Workforce Initiative focus on Small Business

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM              Q&A

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National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)
2111 Wilson Blvd
Suite 400
Arlington, VA 22201
Tel: (703) 247-2589
Fax: (703) 527-6945


Directions can be found here.

Registration Fees:

WID/AFEI/NDIA Members: $30

Government: $30

WID/AFEI/NDIA Non-Members: $40

Register today


or contact:

Trina Dickey

[email protected]

(703) 247-2589


This breakfast is sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton

Who should attend:

Attendees from both small and large businesses as well as Government employees who must manage in-sourcing and out-sourcing will benefit from this engaging breakfast discussion.