2009 Requirements Symposium begins Nov. 17 Published Nov. 6, 2009 By Public Affairs ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Hundreds of representatives of companies from around the country will soon congregate at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, for the 7th Annual Requirements Symposium. The symposium is a three-day event where senior leaders and managers at Robins share with businesses their plans, current and future requirements, and organizational visions for the next three to five years. "This insight allows industry to better respond to current and future needs of the Center and plan for support of the warfighter," said Chuck Pollard, of WR-ALC's Enterprise Acquisition Division. The theme for this year's symposium is "Collectively Solving Acquisition and Sustainment Challenges." Guest speakers will include Maj. Gen. Polly Peyer, WR-ALC commander, and Maj. Gen. Gary McCoy, commander of the Global Logistics Support Center, the supply chain manager for the Air Force. In addition to the guest speakers, breakout sessions will detail future requirements and provide other information helpful to contractors. "These sessions are led by subject matter experts at Robins, which ensures direct contact with program managers, engineers and other decision makers with detailed information on many ongoing and future programs," Pollard said. Last year's symposium was an "enormous success," said Pollard. There were more than 800 participants, including 550 attendees from industry representing over 300 different companies. The information shared helped play a role in the WR-ALC signing contracts worth a total value of more than $5.16 billion in 2008. "Attendees were very enthusiastic and supportive about attending follow-on symposiums," Pollard said. "Post-conference feedback indicated last year's symposium was the best symposium ever. This year's symposium also promises to be a successful event." Additional information on the event is available on the Aerospace Industry Committee Requirements Symposium web page at www.wrcoc-aic.org/reg1.asp.