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Gathered in Northwest Florida at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, more than 700 delegates and representatives of the U.S. military, small businesses, and national defense contractors heard a 'rally cry' from a leading Congressman this morning at the 2023 Air Force Contracting Summit.
Congressman Neal Dunn (FL-2) told the audience of defense specialists and contractors that with rising tension and risks, especially from China, the nation needs the engagement of contractors and experts 'working in concert' with uniformed military. Congressman Dunn, who serves on the House China Select Committee, told the Summit: "Throughout our history, the Department of Defense has relied on a wide range of contractors to support military operations. An effective use of contractors can augment military capabilities and ensure our troops receive what they need, when they need it."
And in a rally cry to the contractors and specialists in the audience eager to pitch for new contracts, Congressman Dunn said: "You are our innovation advantage with cutting edge tech, including AI, hypersonic technologies, cyber, and quantum computing ... My experience in Congress has taught me, if you can get the state and local partners, such as the people at this Summit, the tools to understand and strengthen supply chains in their regions - and then get out of their way - they become better partners for providing for our national security."