AMP SoCal Monthly Newsletter
April 2019
  • AMP SoCal Hosting Free Capital Access Event for Defense Suppliers on April 18
  • Join AMP SoCal at AeroDef Manufacturing Conference 2019
  • Supplier Matchmaking
  • Panel: Human Supply Chain; Develop and Grow Your Talent
  • Panel: OEM Supplier Outreach
  • Panel: Building SoCal's A&D Ecosystem
  • Visit our booth in the Aerofied Pavillion
  • Harassment Avoidance Web Based Training
  • Local Rocket Company Relativity Space Announces First Major Contract
  • Presentation video of Becoming Cyber Aware: An Issue of National Security – A Fireside Chat with General (Ret.) Petraeus and Dr. Clifford Neuman now available
  • Selected Federal Agency Announcements for the week of April 8, 2019

  • March A&D Forum Events
  • Upcoming Manufacturing Conferences & Trade Shows in Southern California
  • SAMPE-USC Presentation and Tour - April 25
  • AIAA LA-LV: Annual Awards Dinner - May 9
AMP SoCal Hosting Free Capital Access Event for Defense Suppliers on April 18
Thursday, April 18, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
University of Southern California, Gateway Building

Find out what financial option makes the most sense for your business by attending our free event, hosted by the AMP SoCal Strengthening Competitiveness Program. The event will feature a financial overview, presenting financer expectations and investment conditions, and a panel discussion covering different capital access options, such as.
  • Equity
  • Senior Debt ($250,000 and above)
  • CDFI Lender ($250,000 and below)
  • Equipment Leasing

Space is limited, please register by April 16.

Conference: April 29 – May 2, 2019 | Exhibits: April 30 – May 1
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, California

AeroDef Manufacturing® is an aerospace manufacturing and defense manufacturing conference and trade show for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry. Produced by  SME , in partnership with industry OEMs, our mission is to foster innovation across the extended enterprise to reduce costs, expedite production times and maintain manufacturing competitiveness in the global economy.
AMP SoCal has worked closely with our partners at SME to bring you industry-focused panels and services at Aerodef. Check out some of the exciting opportunities for manufacturers taking place at this year's conference, and be sure to check out the full event schedule for many other panels and workshops.
Supplier Matchmaking

AMP SoCal is assisting SME in coordinating strategic matchmaking appointments at the conference. We are inviting all attending A&D suppliers to sign-up for appointments with OEMs based on the suppliers capabilities matched against the target suppliers the OEM’s would like to meet.

Appointments will be taking place 9:00 am - 3:30 pm on April 30 and/or May 1.

PANEL: Human Supply Chain; Develop and Grow Your Talent

Hire the employees your manufacturing business needs and find workers with the skills you want. Listen as different workforce development representatives discuss innovative approaches to building a team of qualified people and what hiring resources are already available businesses.

  • Tuesday, April 30 
  • 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
  • The Deck 
PANEL: OEM Supplier Outreach

Hear directly from some of the world’s largest aerospace and defense manufacturers as representatives within procurement and contracting share helpful advice on becoming a supplier and remaining a valuable member of their company’s supply chain. Learn best practices on how to stand out from the competition and what it takes to be a supplier for top OEMs.

  • Tuesday, April 30 
  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • The Deck
  • Wednesday, May 1 
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • The Deck
PANEL: Building SoCal's A&D Ecosystem

A key AMP SoCal assistance effort for small and medium manufacturers is the Strengthening Competitiveness Program, which offers customized solutions for a variety of business challenges. Hear from three local manufacturers who have capitalized on this free program to grow their business and increase their competitive advantage. 

  • Wednesday, May 1  
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • The Deck
WORKSHOP: Advances in AI and
Smart Robotics

This presentation on the advances in artificial intelligence that are being used to enable robots to make decisions will be delivered by Dr. Satyandra Gupta from the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at the University of Southern California.

  • Monday, April 29, 2019  
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Room 202A

Visit us in the Aerofied Pavillion

AMP SoCal will have a booth at AeroDef and we are delighted to have our partners join us! Please stop by our booth in the Aerofied Pavillion in Row A to say hi and learn more about how AMP SoCal is supporting the aerospace and defense industry in Southern California.

If you are interested in volunteering to staff the booth anytime throughout the event, please contact Libby Williams at
Local Rocket Company Relativity Space Announces First Major Contract
Inglewood, CA based rocket startup Relativity Space has announced that Canadian satellite operator Telesat has contracted to use its 3D-printed spacecraft for launching small satellites. Relativity Space CEO, Tim Ellis, spoke at our Fall 2017 AMP SoCal Bi-Annual Meeting ( see his panel discussion here ). While typical rockets can take more than a year to build and require 100,000 individual parts, Relativity’s huge 3D-printers can build a craft in just two months with only 1,000 parts. 

Harassment Avoidance Web Based Training

According to changes in California State Law, if your organization employs five or more employees you MUST provide two hours of anti-harassment training for supervisory staff and one hour of anti-harassment training for non-supervisory employees. All employees must be trained within six months of being hired and every two years thereafter. Employers have until January, 2020 to complete the training under the new guidelines.

Presentation video of Becoming Cyber Aware:
An Issue of National Security – A Fireside Chat with
General (Ret.) Petraeus and Dr. Clifford Neuman now available

On March 18, the Price School - USC Center for Economic Development offered a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear from two of the nation’s foremost experts on matters related to cyber preparedness and national security. Together, General Petraeus and Dr. Neuman discussed cybersecurity dangers, recent cyber attacks, what actions the U.S. government and military are taking to prepare its cyber resources - and what more needs to be done.
Selected Federal Agency Announcements and Related for the Week of April 8, 2019

We regularly receive a selection of recent announcements gleaned from various federal sources and colleagues. Special thanks to EDA, ETA and other federal partners for sharing content that we may then share with you! Please continue to check back on our blog as this is updated regularly.

Aerospace & Defense Forum - Upcoming Meetings & Events

The Aerospace & Defense Forum is a global aerospace and defense leadership community that provides opportunities for sharing of information and analysis, mutual support and encouragement, partnering, innovation, and performance breakthroughs. Visit  for descriptions and links to RSVP to any of the meetings. Waitlists are maintained for all meetings and tours.

Los Angeles Chapter:
  • April 12: “Are You a Strategic or Tactical Leader” – Dr. Francisco Valle; President - Valle Consulting
  • May 17: “Technological Trends – Moving from Awareness to Preparedness” - Larry O’Toole – Founder, Yosemite Associates (former-CEO, Sanders Industries)
  • June 21: Topic TBD. Arnie Streland – Northrop Grumman, Sr. Director of Strategy and Business Development.
  • July 19: "Killer Business: Leadership & Management Lessons from the USS Zumwalt" - Capt. Scott Tait - U.S. Navy (Ret.)
  • August 16: “Anatomy of an M&A Transaction, Preparing Your Company and Yourself for an Exit”, Francis Tran, Lincoln International
  • September 20: no regular mtg, but we will host our C-Level Event
Orange County Chapter:
  • TBD
San Diego Chapter:
  • May 28: Bloomberg Government will present an analysis of the President's budget
San Fernando Valley Chapter
  • April 16: “Supply Chain Working Capital/Finance”, Matt Griesbach, Senior Vice President, Head of Aerospace & Defense Banking, City National Bank
South Bay (Torrance, CA) Chapter:
  • TBD
Upcoming Manufacturing Conferences & Trade Shows

April 29 – May 2, 2019 | AeroDef Manufacturing 2019   Long Beach, CA
Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing

May 21-22, 2019 | Space Tech Expo  | Pasadena, CA
America’s Engineering and Manufacturing Meeting Place for Space Technology

May 19-21, 2019 | International Space Trade Summit  | Hartford, CT
The International Space Trade Summit will provide attendees with an understanding of supply chain opportunities in the International Space Sector.

June 10-12, 2019 | 15th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit | Huntington Beach, CA
Providing a leadership playbook for manufacturing 4.0, along with innovative ideas and emerging trends to future proof your business and improve the bottom line
SAMPE-USC Presentation and Tour
April 25, 2019 USC Seaver Library, Rm 150, Los Angeles, CA

Learn the latest state of the art research on prepreg laminate processing. See visual and monitoring techniques for bonded sandwich panels. Observe ongoing research in the MC Gill Composites Center. Have complementary pizza dinner and soft drinks!

  • 5:30 PM --- Pizza Dinner (Free)
  • 6:00 PM --- Presentation
  • 7:00 PM --- Lab Walkthrough and Poster Session

Please e-mail to reserve your seat.  
AIAA LA-LV: Annual Awards Dinner
May 9, 2019 Proud Bird, Los Angeles, CA

2018-2019 marked an exciting year for aerospace, especially for the Los Angeles - Las Vegas area! The recent successful and exciting powered human flights into space by the VSS Unity (SpaceShipTwo) (Virgin Galactic), the successful launch and mission of Mars InSight (NASA JPL/Lockheed Martin), Parker Solar Probe (NASA APL), and the TESS exoplanet mission (MIT/NASA Goddard) etc., caught great attention from many people in the world. Human space travel is getting more and more realistic and affordable, with more and more discoveries and understandings for our & distant Solar Systems. There are also new great progresses in student activities. Please join us and have fun.

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