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2018

 

January 29, 2018
C&A Awarded Task Order to Provide Social Media Support Navy History and Heritage Command (NHHC)

 

January 3, 2018
C&A Awarded Three Task Orders to Provide Administrative Support to Navy History and Heritage Command (NHHC)

 

2017

 

September 30, 2017
C&A Awarded Task Order to Provide Administrative and Security Support to Navy History and Heritage Command (NHHC)

 

June 29, 2017
C&A Awarded Task Order to Provide Social Media Support Navy History and Heritage Command (NHHC)

 

June 21, 2017
C&A Awarded Task Order to Support Navy History and Heritage Command (NHHC)

 

June 14, 2017
C&A Awarded Prime Contract to Support Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) NATO School

 

May 11, 2017
C&A Awarded Prime Contract to Support Navy History and Heritage Command (NHHC)

 

2016

 

November 30, 2016
C&A Awarded Task Order to Support OPNAV N97 Undersea Warfare Division

 

November 30, 2016
C&A Awarded Task Order to Support OPNAV N9I Warfare Integration

 

October 4, 2016
C&A Awarded Task Order to Support OPNAV N953 Warfare Integration

 

September 30, 2016
C&A Awarded Task Order to Support OPNAV N9I Warfare Integration

 

August 31, 2016
C&A Awarded Prime Contract to Provide Program Support to OASD R/FT

 

July 12, 2016
C&A Awarded Prime Contract to Support OPNAV N9 Warfare Systems Division

 

April 20, 2016
C&A Awarded Prime Contract to Provide Program Support to Joint Staff IMD

 

April 1, 2016
C&A Awarded Prime Contract to Provide Program Support to DNS-15

 

2015

 

November 3, 2015
Bob Smith Joins C&A as Senior Associate

 

September 30, 2015
C&A/Booz Allen Hamilton Team Awarded Second Option for IT Support Contract for OPNAV N2N6

 

September 25, 2015
C&A Successfully Completes Third Leadership Training Course at NSCS

 

September 21, 2015
C&A/GDIT Team Awarded Contract for Exec Ed Program Support to NPS

 

August 31, 2015
C&A Awarded Second Option to Support OPNAV N43 Director Fleet Readiness

 

August 31, 2015
C&A Awarded Contract to Provide Program Support to DoD ESI

 

August 19, 2015
C&A/Target Systems Team Awarded Contract for FOIA Program Support to DNS-3

 

August 15, 2015
C&A Team Awarded First Option on Strategic Planning Contract with DUSN/DCMO

 

July 1, 2015
University of Colorado Names Brian Cowan to Chair Alumni Board

 

July 1, 2015
C&A/Sabre Systems Team Awarded Second Option for Readiness Support to CNAP

 

June 9, 2015
C&A Awarded Contract to Provide IG Program Support to COMNAVSURFPAC

 

April 2, 2015
C&A Awarded Navy SeaPort-e Contract

 

April 6, 2015
C&A/Serco Team Awarded Contract to Support OPNAV N1

 

March 13, 2015
C&A Awarded First Targets Option to Support OPNAV N43 Director Fleet Readiness

 

January 19, 2015
C&A Teaches Executive Education Class at Darden for Navy Leaders

 

2014

 

October 1, 2014
Bob Milligan Joins C&A as Managing Director

 

August 31, 2014
C&A Awarded First Option to Support OPNAV N43 Director Fleet Readiness

 

August 15, 2014
C&A Team Wins Program Support Contract with DUSN/DCMO

 

July 10, 2014
C&A Awarded Contract to Provide Program Support to DoD ESI

 

June 26, 2014
C&A Awarded Follow on Contract to Provide Leadership Training to Navy Supply Corps School

 

June 16, 2014
C&A Teaches Executive Education Class at Darden for Army Leaders

 

January 16, 2014
C&A Teaches Executive Education Class at Darden for Navy Leaders

 

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2013

 

December 17, 2013
C&A Hires Bob Loria to Support OPNAV N43 Director Fleet Readiness

 

November 7, 2013
C&A Teams with Booz Allen Hamilton to Win IT Support Contract for OPNAV N2N6

 

November 1, 2013
C&A Signs Agreement with GENCO to Support Contractor for CNAP

  

October 30, 2013
C&A President Brian Cowan Joins Darden DC Advisory Group

 

October 17, 2013
C&A Qualifies for KPMG Federal Advisory Small Business Subcontractor

 

September 19, 2013
US Navy Memorial Names Brian Cowan to Board of Directors

 

September 3, 2013
C&A C&A Hires New CFO and Senior Director Laurie Tawney

 

July 11, 2013
C&A Awarded IDIQ Contract to Support OPNAV N43 Director Fleet Readiness

 

July 1, 2013
C&A Teams with Sabre Systems to Win Readiness Support Contract for CNAP

 

June 15, 2013
C&A President Brian Cowan Receives Aquinas Institute Distinguished Alumnus Award

 

May 8, 2013
C&A Teams with Delta Resources to Win IDIQ to Support OPNAV N98

 

April 30, 2013
C&A Teams with Booz Allen Hamilton to Win DRRS-N IDIQ

 

April 25, 2013
C&A’s Miriam Gennari Wins Arlington County VA Award

 

March 9, 2013
C&A Sponsors DC Supply Corps Birthday Ball

 

February 8, 2013
C&A Successfully Completes 6th AMP Leadership Training Course at NSCS

 

January 17, 2013
C&A Signs Subcontract with BuySide to Support SPAWAR

 

January 16, 2013
C&A Facilitates Aquinas Institute Foundation Strategic Planning

 

January 14, 2013
C&A Teaches Executive Education Class at Darden for Navy Leaders

 

January 3, 2013
C&A Awarded SeaPort-e Contract to Support OPNAV N9I Warfare Integration

 

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2012

 

December 27, 2012
C&A Promotes Jim Cecil & Baker Turner to Director

 

December 1, 2012
C&A Signs Subcontract with SPA to provide Budget Support to OPNAV N3/N5

 

November 8, 2012
C&A CEO Brian Cowan Panel Speaker at Darden Entrepreneur Roundtable

 

November 2, 2012
C&A Corporate Sponsor for CU Boulder Reunion Weekend

 

November 1, 2012
C&A CEO Brian Cowan Named Navy Supply Corps Foundation Volunteer of the Year

 

October 24, 2012
C&A Signs Subcontract with Sayres to Conduct V-22 ILS Research for Boeing

 

October 12, 2012
C&A CEO Brian Cowan Receives Award at Darden Leadership Roundtable

 

September 3, 2012
C&A President Brian Cowan Keynote Speaker at Darden Admissions Event for Veterans

 

September 1, 2012
C&A Awarded SeaPort-e Contract to Support OPNAV N43 Director Fleet Readiness

 

September 1, 2012
C&A Awarded Contract to Support Naval Warfare Development Command (NWDC)

 

August 20, 2012
C&A Signs Contract with Darden to Perform DC Market Research

 

August 20, 2012
C&A Hires New Senior Associate Doug Hancock to NAVSEA PMS 385

 

July 30, 2012
C&A Teaches Executive Education Class at Darden for Navy Leaders

 

July 30, 2012
C&A Presents DoD ESI Strategy and Tools at 2012 DoD Industry Conferences

 

July 29, 2012
C&A Associate Melinda Parrish's Create A Cure Organization Holds Fundraiser to Support Cancer Research

 

July 22, 2012
C&A Signs Subcontract with Serco to Provide Support to CNIC

 

March 29, 2012
C&A Signs Subcontract with CSC to Provide Support to NAVSEA PMS 385

 

March 22, 2012
C&A Hires New Associate Director Andy Salunga to Support DON (FMO)

 

March 15, 2012
C&A Signs Follow On Task Order with Serco to Provide Support to OPNAV N1

 

March 3, 2012
Washington Navy Supply Corps School Corp Ball Photos

 

March 2, 2012
C&A Hosts Supply Corps Foundation Board of Directors Meeting

 

February 6, 2012
C&A Hires New Associate Director Renée Rothlein to Support SPAWAR

 

February 3, 2012
C&A Successfully Completes Second AMP Leadership Training Course at NSCS

 

January 20, 2012
C&A President Brian Cowan Delivers Pro Bono Research Project to CU Boulder Board

 

January 5, 2012
Year of Supply Exhibit at US Navy Memorial Selected for American Graphic Design Award

 

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2011
 

November 29, 2011
C&A Signs Task Order with KPMG to Support Navy FMO FIP Effort

 

November 10, 2011
C&A Hires New Associate Director Dave Brumfield to Support KPMG FIP Effort

 

November 1, 2011
C&A President Brian Cowan Darden Class Agent Spotlight Interview

 

October 29, 2011
C&A President Brian Cowan Speaks & Receives Award at Darden Leadership Roundtable

 

October 27, 2011
C&A Signs New Follow On Task Order with Serco to Support CNIC

 

October 24, 2011
C&A Signs Subcontract with KPMG to Support Navy FMO FIP Effort

 

August 27, 2011
C&A Teams with Darden to Win Strategic Thinking Course for Navy Flag Officers

 

August 19, 2011
C&A Successfully Conducts First AMP Leadership Training Course at NSCS

 

August 15, 2011
C&A Hires New Chief Financial Officer and Senior Director Chet Burton

 

August 14, 2011
C&A Hires New Associate Director Cherea Smith to Support CNIC

 

August 1, 2011
C&A Team Wins Strategic Sourcing Contract with NAVSUP

 

August 1, 2011
C&A Hires New Associate Director John McCone to Support Strategic Sourcing Effort

 

July 29, 2011
C&A Hires New Associate Director Melinda Parrish to Support CNIC

 

July 25, 2011
C&A Hires New Associate Director Marci Dobal to Support CNIC

 

July 25, 2011
C&A Signs Follow On Task Order with Serco to Support CNIC

 

May 9, 2011
C&A Signs Follow on Task Order with CTC to Support CNIC

 

May 9, 2011
C&A Hires New Associate Director Michelle Bagood

 

May 6, 2011
C&A Signs Follow On Task Order with Serco to Support CNIC

 

May 2, 2011
University of Colorado names Brian Cowan to Board

 

April 27, 2011
C&A Hires New Associate Director Jim Wimberly

 

March 25, 2011
Washington Navy Supply Corps School Corp Ball Photos

 

March 4, 2011
C&A Awarded Contract to Provide Leadership Training to Navy Supply Corps School

 

February 28, 2011
C&A Signs Task Order with SERCO to Support CNIC

 

February 18, 2011
C&A Signs Follow On Subcontract with ITT AES to Provide Performance Management Support to CNIC

 

January 31, 2011
C&A Hires New Associate Director Cathy Seago to Provide Shore Manpower Optimization Support to CNIC N12

 

January 10, 2011
C&A’s Jim Cecil Invited as Panelist at AFCEA West 2011 Conference

 

January 10, 2011
C&A Wins Task Order to Provide Shore Manpower Optimization Support to CNIC N12

 

January 3, 2011
C&A Supporting L2 Think Tank for Social Graph Clinic at GWU on January 20th

 

January 3, 2011
C&A Promotes Chad Clay to Senior Director

 

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2010
 

December 15, 2010
C&A Signs Follow On Task Order with RGS for OPNAV N41 Support

 

December 13, 2010
C&A Signs Follow-On Subcontract with CTC to Provide Support to CNIC NSIT Program

 

November 17, 2010
C&A Wins Task Order to Provide Strategic Planning Support to CNIC N52

 

October 13, 2010
C&A Hires New Associate Director Ramon Marin

 

October 1, 2010
C&A Awarded Contract to Provide CPI Support to DASN M&B

 

August 26, 2010
C&A Hires New Associate Director Troy Terronez

 

August 3, 2010
LCE Extends Contract with C&A for CNIC Support

 

July 16, 2010
C&A Wins Contract to Provide Air Ops CBT Training to NRSE

 

April 12, 2010
C&A Signs Subcontract with RGS for OPNAV N41 Support

 

March 12, 2010
C&A Wins Task Order to Provide Air Ops Support to CNIC N32

 

February 26, 2010
C&A to Perform Marketing Study for Your Dog’s Best Friends

 

February 5, 2010
C&A Wins Task Order to Provide Admin Support to CNIC N00

 

February 5, 2010
C&A Signs Subcontract with CTC to Provide Support to CNIC NSIT Program

 

January 28, 2010
C&A Awarded Contract to Provide Support to NAVSUP on Year of Supply Exhibit at US Navy Memorial

 

January 25, 2010
C&A Signs Subcontract with Target Systems, Inc. to Provide Strategy Support to NAVSUP

 

January 21, 2010
C&A Signs Subcontract with CACI Enterprise Solutions, Inc. to Provide Support to CNIC BRAC Budget Office

 

January 20, 2010
C&A Signs Subcontract with Life Cycle Engineering Inc. to Provide Support to CNIC Strategy & Future Requirements Branch

 

January 13, 2010
C&A Signs Subcontract with ITT AES to Provide Support to CNIC Performance Management Team

 

January 4, 2010
C&A Promotes Chad Clay to Director

 

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2009
 

December 10, 2009
C&A Signs Subcontract with Capstone Corp. to Provide Support to CNIC

 

November 16, 2009
C&A Hires New Associate Director, John Friedlander

 

August 12, 2009
C&A Makes Inc 500 Fastest Growing Company List

 

July 17, 2009
C&A Acquires New Office, Set to Expand

 

July 17, 2009
C&A Hires New Director, Loren Heckelman

 

July 7, 2009
C&A Hires New Associate Director Dave Riley

 

May 4, 2009
C&A Hires New Associate Director, Melody Twigg

 

March 24, 2009
C&A Signs Subcontract with CACI to Provide Support to NAVSUP 2040 Strategic Vision Team

 

March 2, 2009
C&A Hires New Associate Director JD Ralston to Support CNIC N3

 

February 23, 2009
C&A Hires New Director Jim Naber to Head Mechanicsburg Office

 

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2008
 

November 28, 2008
C&A Hires New Associate Director Carl Bright to Support CNIC N3

 

November 20, 2008
C&A Completes Case Study on Coast Guard Innovation for Navy Postgraduate School (NPS)

 

October 22, 2008
C&A Signs Subcontract with Battelle to Provide Program Support to CNIC

 

October 15, 2008
C&A Hires New Associate Director Bob Miller to Support CNIC N3

 

October 1, 2008
C&A Hires New Associate Directors Gary & Laura Mizhir to Support CNIC

 

September 24, 2008
C&A Awarded BPA to Provide National Guard Support Services

 

August 11, 2008
C&A Hires New Associate Director Dawn Burton to Provide DRRS-N Support to CNIC

 

July 21, 2008
C&A Hires New Director Scott Bethmann to Support CNIC IG

 

July 1, 2008
C&A Hires New Associate Director Linda Greenwade

 

June 23, 2008
C&A Hires New Associate Director Baker Turner to Support OPNAV N127

 

June 20, 2008
C&A Signs Subcontract with GDIT to Provide Program Support to Navy Postgraduate School (NPS)

 

June 2, 2008
Aquinas Institute Names Brian Cowan to Board

 

May 27, 2008
C&A Hires New Associate Director Maranda Brown to Support CNIC

 

May 9, 2008
C&A Signs Subcontract with Booz Allen Hamilton to Provide Program Support to SPAWAR

 

March 3, 2008
C&A Hires New Associate Director Bruce Whiteman

 

January 25, 2008
C&A Associate Directors Invited as Panelists at Upcoming AFCEA West Conference

 

January 22, 2008
C&A Issued Task Order with SERCO-NA to Provide DRRS-N Support to CNIC

 

January 7, 2008
C&A Signs Contract with Aquinas to Conduct Best Practices Study

 

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2007
 

October 26, 2007
C&A Signs Subcontract with Booz Allen Hamilton to Provide DRRS-N Support to CNIC

 

October 3, 2007
C&A Signs Subcontract w/CACI to Provide IT Support to DoN CIO and DASN C4I

 

October 1, 2007
C&A Awarded Contract to support DoD CIO

 

September 22, 2007
C&A Signs Subcontract w/RGS to Provide Logistics Support to PPNAV N41 Staff

 

July 27, 2007
C&A Brokers Contract between Darden and the Navy Executive Learning Office

 

July 7, 2007
Career Next Step Partners with C&A to Assist U.S. Military Personnel with Career Transitions

 

June 11, 2007
C&A Among 391 Firms Selected for Navy Seaport Work

 

June 7, 2007
C&A Signs Contract to Support US Navy’s COMLOGWESTPAC

 

June 6, 2007
C&A Signs Subcontract with Bearing Point to Support USAID

 

June 5, 2007
C&A Hires New Associate Director Becky Winston

 

May 23, 2007
C&A Awarded Navy SeaPort-e Contract

 

May 11, 2007
C&A Awarded Contract to Support CNIC IG

 

April 22, 2007
C&A Hires Admiral Jim Allan as its Newest Director

 

April 2, 2007
C&A Awarded Contract to Support OPNAV N10

 

February 12, 2007
C&A Awarded Additional Work under Contract with the Commander, Navy Installations Command

 

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2006
 

December 04, 2006
C&A Partners with SBG Technology Solutions Inc. for the Navy SeaPort Program

 

November 29, 2006
C&A Awarded CACI Task Order for Naval Coastal Warfare Project

 

November 22, 2006
C&A Brokers Contract between Darden and the Navy Executive Learning Office

 

September 22, 2006
C&A Brokers Deal between Darden and the Naval Center for Acquisition Workforce Development

 

August 25, 2006
C&A Awarded Subcontract with SERCO to support DoD CIO

 

August 07, 2006
C&A Awarded Contract with the Commander, Naval Installations Command

 

August 02, 2006
C&A Awarded EPA IT Systems Analysis Services Contract

 

July 01, 2006
C&A Associate Director, Barbara DeButts featured in VB Magazine

 

June 15, 2006
C&A Opens New Office in San Diego

 

April 30, 2006
C&A Awarded GSA Schedule MOBIS Contract

 

April 22, 2006
C&A Awarded USAID Subcontract

 

February 01, 2006
C&A Awarded CACI Subcontract

 

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2005
 

November 28, 2005
C&A Awarded Darden Contract

 

October 14, 2005
C&A Signs Consulting Agreement with Darden Executive Education

 

August 29, 2005
C&A Signs Consulting Agreement with Competitive Innovations, Inc.

 

June 29, 2005
C&A Partners with KPMG for the Navy SeaPort Program

 

June 01, 2005
C&A Moves to New Office

 

January 01, 2005
C&A Awarded MAC Consulting Subcontract

 

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2004
 

January 29, 2004
Darden Dean to Chair Graduate Business Foundation Deans Advisory Panel

 

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2001
 

September 14, 2001
C&A President Brian Cowan Among Darden Alumni Highlighted for 9/11 Acts

 

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2018

 

January 29, 2018
C&A Awarded Task Order to Provide Social Media Support Navy History and Heritage Command (NHHC)

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government and academia was awarded a two-year follow-on prime contract task order today by NAVSUP FLC Norfolk providing social media support to the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC).

 

Specifically, C&A’s Team Lead Teresa Rusin will draft, edit and layout content for social media properties including Facebook, blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Flickr. C&A will also research, draft, and advise NHHC on content for publication or proliferation intended for release in the public domain, and will support NHHC staff in best practices and the formulation/sustainment of a social media approach and digital engagement.

 

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January 3, 2018
C&A Awarded Three Task Orders to Provide Administrative Support to Navy History and Heritage Command (NHHC)

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government and academia was awarded a three prime contract task orders today by NAVSUP FLC Norfolk providing administrative support to the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC).

 

Specifically, C&A will prepare transcribe oral history records, provide administrative support, and provide civilian personal support to NHHC Staff.

 

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2017

 

September 30, 2017
C&A Awarded Task Order to Provide Administrative and Security Support to Navy History and Heritage Command (NHHC)

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government and academia was awarded a prime contract task order today by NAVSUP FLC Norfolk providing administrative and security support to the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC).

 

Specifically, C&A will prepare required security clearance actions and forms for military and civilian employees, determine the clearance of applicants and employees for entry and retention in employment and/or determining the clearance of employees or other persons for access to restricted/classified information, material, or work sites. C&A will verify security clearances, processes visit requests, review foreign national visits request, review designations of position sensitivity, monitor the number of security clearances to keep clearance levels and need-to-know access to operational minimums.

 

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June 29, 2017
C&A Awarded Task Order to Provide Social Media Support Navy History and Heritage Command (NHHC)

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government and academia was awarded a prime contract task order today by NAVSUP FLC Norfolk providing social media support to the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC).

 

Specifically, C&A will draft, edit, and layout content for social media properties including Facebook, blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Flickr. C&A will also research, draft, and advise NHHC on content for publication or proliferation intended for release in the public domain, will support NHHC staff in best practices, and will formulate/sustain a social media approach and digital engagement.

 

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June 21, 2017
C&A Awarded Task Order to Support Navy History and Heritage Command (NHHC)

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government and academia was awarded a prime contract task order today by NAVSUP FLC Norfolk providing business operations support to the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC).

 

Specifically, C&A will provide Information Technology (IT) Assistant Contract Technical Representative (ACTR) support in the daily maintenance of Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) accounts, trouble ticket resolution, user/help desk support, and assist the IT/Telecom/IA ACTR with maintenance and management of telecom assets and requirements.

 

For additional information about C&A please go to http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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June 14, 2017
C&A Awarded Prime Contract to Support Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) NATO School

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government and academia was awarded a prime contract today by Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) providing an onsite director for course facilitation at the North American Treaty Organization (NATO) School, Oberammergau (NSO) Germany.

 

Specifically, C&A will provide expertise as a course coordinator and liaison for the course-related research support for NPS in the activities related to the collaborative agreement with US Element NATO School (USENS). C&A will support operational capability for NPS in the areas of Cyber and Network Security, International Maritime and Energy Security, Defense Analysis, and Hybrid Distributed Learning Education.

 

The program will have ten (10), two-week courses in residence at NSO.

 

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May 11, 2017
C&A Awarded Prime Contract to Support Navy History and Heritage Command (NHHC)

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government and academia was awarded a prime IDIQ contract today by NAVSUP FLC Norfolk providing business operations support to the Naval History and Heritage Command with a potential ceiling of $9.3M over three years.

 

As a multiple awardee, C&A will compete for task orders to provide program support to NHHC. C&A will provide administrative, public affairs, IT and financial management support services to facilitate overall objectives for the NHHC staffs.

 

For additional information about C&A please go to http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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2016

 

November 30, 2016
C&A Awarded Task Order to Support OPNAV N97 Undersea Warfare Division

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government and academia was awarded a Task Order today by NAVSUP FLC Norfolk det Philadelphia supporting the Chief of Naval Operations Undersea Warfare Division (OPNAV N97).

 

Specifically, C&A will provide Action Officer (AO)/Requirements Officer (RO) support, analyze and report on requirements determinations, programming, site surveys, project management plans, facilities design, and facility construction. C&A will also provide Program Analyst support and provide analysis of and report on any associated potential programming risks that may be caused by the addition or reduction of Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E).

 

C&A’s Dixon Hicks will serve as Program Manager, and C&A’s newly hired Associate Caleb Powell will serve as Team Lead for this effort.

 

For additional information about C&A please go to http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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November 30, 2016
C&A Awarded Task Order to Support OPNAV N9I Warfare Integration

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government and academia was awarded a Task Order today by NAVSUP FLC Norfolk det Philadelphia the Chief of Naval Operations Warfare Systems Division (OPNAV N9I).

 

Specifically, C&A will provide input for the development of guidance to enable program analyses and recommendations spanning the lifecycle of programs in the N9 investment portfolio. It will support the development of the balanced N9 POM proposal by drafting memos, briefs, and guidance. The work will also analyze N9 investments in order to maximize implementation of DoD and Chief of Naval Operations mission and task priorities, to include the Navy Strategic Plan (NSP), the Front End Assessment (FEA), N80 programming guidance, and Integrated Priority Lists (IPLs) developed by Fleet Forces Command and the US Combatant Commanders. This includes review of Defense and Navy guidance for comment and alignment with N9 equities and priorities.

 

The work will also include a Subject Matter Expert to serve as a senior readiness advisor to N9IR, liaising between OPNAV and other organizations and interacting with senior-level military officials and civilian representatives. C&A will ensure proactive identification of readiness issues for resolution; lead staff activities for POM policy, guidance, and program development; collaborate with warfare and requirements sponsors and evaluate execution year and budget issues; and analyze sustaining impacts on future years' programs, producing a balanced and executable program across all N9 Readiness accounts.

 

C&A’s Dixon Hicks will serve as Program Manager, C&A’s newly hired Senior Associate Peter Ryan will serve as Team Lead for this three-person effort.

 

For additional information about C&A please go to http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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October 4, 2016
C&A Awarded Task Order to Support OPNAV N953 Warfare Integration

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government, and academia was awarded a Task Order today by NAVSUP FLC Norfolk det Philadelphia supporting the Chief of Naval Operations Expeditionary Warfare Division (OPNAV N953).

 

Specifically, C&A will provide program management to OPNAV N953 to support the Program Objective Memorandum (POM) development for Joint Staff and Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) programs, Joint Service Small Arms Requirements IPT (JSSARI), Resource Sponsor (RS) account management for Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) and material development programs and associated policies for all, and analysis of the OPNAV N4 developed Baseline Assessment Memorandum (BAM) for NECC and spares accounts.

 

C&A’s Dixon Hicks will serve as Program Manager, C&A’s newly hired Senior Associate Jeff Taves will serve as Team Lead, and newly hired Associates Burt Laposka and Ed Semeia as Program Analysts for this effort.

 

For additional information about C&A please go to http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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September 30, 2016
C&A Awarded Task Order to Support OPNAV N9I Warfare Integration

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government, and academia was awarded a Task Order today by NAVSUP FLC Norfolk det Philadelphia supporting the Chief of Naval Operations Warfare Systems Division (OPNAV N9I).

 

Specifically, C&A will provide Subject Matter Expertise on ship acquisition plans, procurement objectives, and program development, and will assist with the development of long- and short-range program plans and strategies, goals and priorities, based on the current Strategic Planning Guidance and Navy vision statements in support next generation shipbuilding.

 

C&A will also utilize the Force Acquisition and Inventory Model (FAIM) to develop the long-range shipbuilding plan, explore the trade space in a long range shipbuilding plan, and compare alternative plans. Further, the work requires being capable of performing as the System Administrator for the internet Ship Management Information System (iSMIS).

 

C&A’s Dixon Hicks will serve as Program Manager, C&A’s newly hired Senior Associate Jeff Maydosz will serve as Team Lead, and Senior Associate Alan Bushore as Program Analyst for this effort.

For additional information about C&A please go to http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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August 31, 2016
C&A Awarded Prime Contract to Provide Program Support to OASD R/FT

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government, and academia was awarded a five-year prime contract # N00178-15-D-8149-EX03 by NAVSUP FLC Norfolk, Detachment Philadelphia to provide program management support to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Defense (Readiness)/Force Training (OASDR/FT).

 

Specifically, C&A will provide scientific, engineering, technical, and analytical support and assistance for training policy and strategy development, in the use and integration of new information and science, integrated operations training, learning and job performance technologies and methodologies, and advanced training technologies, for OASD(R)/FT in activities across the spectrum of learning –training, learning Management, learning science and research, learning technologies, and advanced training technologies. This includes military planning, training, policy and executive development. OASD(R)/ Force Training provides direction, guidance, program support and oversight of all DoD Training Policy, Combatant Commanders Exercise Engagement and Training Transformation (CE2T2), Training System modernization, Institutional Training, and Interagency Training.

 

C&A Director Dixon Hicks will serve as Program Manager, and will be supported by C&A’s Tony Gamboa, along with C&A’s new Senior Associate Dave Larson for this effort.

 

For additional information about C&A please go to http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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July 12, 2016
C&A Awarded Prime Contract to Support OPNAV N9 Warfare Systems Division

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government, and academia was awarded a prime IDIQ contract today by NAVSUP FLC Norfolk det Philadelphia supporting the Chief of Naval Operations Warfare Systems Division (OPNAV N9) with a potential ceiling of $37M over five years.

 

As a multiple awardee, C&A will compete for task orders to provide program support to Director, Expeditionary Warfare Division (N95), Undersea Warfare Division (N97), Unmanned Warfare Systems (N99), and Warfare Integration (N9I). C&A will provide professional, technical and administrative support services to facilitate overall objectives for OPNAV N9 staffs.

 

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April 20, 2016
C&A Awarded Prime Contract to Provide Program Support to Joint Staff IMD

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government, and academia was awarded a five-year prime contract # N00178-15-D-8149-EX02 by NAVSUP FLC Norfolk, Detachment Philadelphia to provide program management support to Joint Staff Information Management Division (JS IMD).

 

Specifically, C&A will provide assistance with automating business processes, information management, information sharing, and information system use. C&A will perform business requirements analysis, engineering assessment and design, and support in the preparation of policy and procedure documents for JS Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) program.

 

Newly hired C&A Associate Director Doug Brown will serve as Team Lead, along with C&A’s new Senior Associates Dave Rooney, Andrew Park and Aundrea Veney providing support to JS IMD for this effort.

 

For additional information about C&A please go to http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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April 1, 2016
C&A Awarded Prime Contract to Provide Program Support to DNS-15

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government, and academia was awarded a five-year prime contract # N00178-15-D-8149-EX01 by NAVSUP FLC Norfolk, Detachment Philadelphia to provide program management support Director Navy Staff, Directives, Forms and Information Collection Management Branch (DNS-15).

 

Specifically, C&A will provide program management services, IT Support Services (ITSS) associated with the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) directives management program, and the Department of the Navy (DON) forms management and information collection management programs.

 

Newly hired C&A Senior Associates Abby Coppinger, Armin Zotaj and Ashley John will be providing support to DNS-15 for this effort.

 

For additional information about C&A please go to http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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2015

 

November 3, 2015
Bob Smith Joins C&A as Senior Associate

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government, and academia, expanded its leadership team with the hiring of Bob Smith as Senior Associate.

 

“Bob is an expert at DOD Enterprise IT, Strategic Vendor Management and Training”, said C&A President and CEO Brian Cowan. “His experience and expertise is part of our strategic plan for the continued growth and expansion of C&A.”

 

Prior to joining C&A, Smith worked for twelve years at the Office of the Secretary of Defense Chief Information Office (DOD CIO) as the Information Technology Asset Management (ITAM) Program Manager, and as co-Chair for the DOD Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI), an official DoD initiative sponsored by the DoD CIO to lead in the establishment and management of enterprise COTS IT agreements, assets, and policies. DoD ESI lowers the total cost of ownership across the DoD, Coast Guard, and Intelligence Communities for commercial software, IT hardware, and services. In its first ten years since forming in 1998, DOD ESI achieved a cost avoidance of over $3B off prices established on the GSA Federal Supply Schedule.

 

Prior to joining the government in 2003, Bob was Deputy Program Manager at Lockheed Martin Corporation for Managed Information Systems; a Deputy Program Manager at OAO Corporation for NASA; and for 20 years prior, served in a variety of IT/Program Management Service position on active duty for the US Army. Smith earned his Associates in Science (AS) in Electrical Engineering from Hudson Valley Community College; his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Maryland; and his master’s degree in Management Information Systems from Marymount University.

 

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September 30, 2015
C&A/Booz Allen Hamilton Team Awarded Second Option for IT Support Contract for OPNAV N2N6

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government, and academia, under subcontract to Booz Allen Hamilton, was awarded its second option task order, to provide non-personal technical advisory services to the US Navy Chief of Naval Operations Directorate for Information Dominance (OPNAV N2N6).

 

C&A’s Senior Associates John Friedlander, Jay Pryor, Curtis Bogetto, and Doug Hopp will be providing support under this effort to include providing Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) IT Cloud, Project Management and Budget/POM/PPBE program support at OPNAV N2N6.

 

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September 25, 2015
C&A Successfully Completes Third Leadership Training Course at NSCS

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government, and academia successfully completed its third, two-week leadership training course for 2015, and tenth course overall in four years, for the Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS), at Newport, RI for their Advanced Management Program (AMP).

 

C&A teamed with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Executive Education Program to teach up to six courses per year at the NSCS Tench Francis School of Business. AMP is designed to help individual managers improve on competencies that are of strategic importance to their organizations, by identifying key development areas and then build learning solutions focused on desired outcomes. AMP incorporates workshops, where managers from both civilian and military backgrounds work together in the areas of knowledge, skills and behaviors, and target specific areas of competence with an emphasis on leading edge theory and practice.

 

C&A Managing Director Bob Milligan along with Associate Director Nancy Clay, served as Program Managers for this effort.

 

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September 21, 2015
C&A/GDIT Team Awarded Contract for Exec Ed Program Support to NPS

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government, and academia, under subcontract to General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) was awarded a prime contract today, to provide strategic marketing communications and program support to Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Center for Educational Design, Development, and Distribution (CED3) and Online Distributed Learning (DL) Initiatives.

 

C&A Associates Patrick Kuhl and Jesse Roger will be providing support under this effort.

 

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August 31, 2015
C&A Awarded Second Option to Support OPNAV N43 Director Fleet Readiness

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government, and academia was awarded its second option year contract on three Task Orders by NAVSUP FLC Norfolk det Philadelphia on its prime IDIQ contract supporting the Chief of Naval Operations Director of Fleet Readiness (OPNAV N43) for this $3.2M effort.

 

C&A will continue to assist N43 in providing a comprehensive assessment of fleet readiness programs and assets, identifying operations and maintenance requirements, and providing analysis addressing the impact of shortfalls in funding. C&A will also provide fleet maintenance and capability plan analytic support, and readiness reporting.

 

C&A’s Program Manager Dixon Hicks, a former US Navy Captain, will continue to act as team lead to provide leadership and oversight for the remaining year on this effort.

 

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August 31, 2015
C&A Awarded Contract to Provide Program Support to DoD ESI

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government, and academia was awarded a five-year prime contract # N66001-15-C-0367 by SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific (SSCPAC) to provide program management support the Department of Defense Enterprise Software Initiative (DoD ESI) Working Group and Navy IT Umbrella Program.

 

Specifically, C&A will provide Administrative & Operations support, Portal Content Management, ESI Website Help Desk support, and Training.

 

C&A Director Jim Cecil and Senior Associates Renee Rothlein, Bruce Whiteman, Linda Greenwade, and Bob Smith will be providing ESI support to SSCPAC, DON CIO, and DOD CIO for this effort.

 

For additional information about C&A please go to http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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August 19, 2015
C&A/Target Systems Team Awarded Contract for FOIA Program Support to DNS-3

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government, and academia, under subcontract to Target Systems was awarded a prime contract N00178-14-D-7957 EX01, to provide Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Privacy Act (PA) and Shore & Fleet Organizational Program support to Director Navy Staff at the Washington Navy Yard.

 

C&A Associates Kodi Mason and Jai Reynolds will be providing support under this effort.

 

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August 15, 2015
C&A Team Awarded First Option on Strategic Planning Contract with DUSN/DCMO

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government, and academia, under subcontract to MAC Consulting Inc. (MAC), was awarded its first option year task order for its program support contract with the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy/Deputy Chief Management Officer (DUSN/DCMO).

 

The MAC/C&A team will continue to provide DUSN/DCMO with variety of program management support including strategic planning, quantitative analysis, data standardization, risk assessment, financial & budget analysis, business process analysis and performance metrics.

 

C&A Senior Associate Steve Black will continue to act as Project Manager for this effort.

 

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July 1, 2015
University of Colorado Names Brian Cowan to Chair Alumni Board

 

University of Colorado Boulder recently named alumnus Brian Cowan (Bus ’79) to chair its Alumni Association Board of Advisors for the next three years. Brian has faithfully served as a leader on the CUBAA Board since 2011, as Treasurer and Chair for Events, where he instituted the Back to Boulder Homecoming Reunion Weekend Program, in order to better engage and connect CU’s Alumni.

 

Brian is a former US Navy Commander, and President of his own 30-person management consulting company, Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and strategic planning to the federal government and academia.

 

While at CU Boulder, Brian was a member of the Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Unit, and was Battalion Commander his senior year. Brian was also a Resident Advisor (RA) his junior and senior year at Baker Hall and Williams Village, and was a Denver Post Honor Graduate.

 

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July 1, 2015
C&A/Sabre Systems Team Awarded Second Option for Readiness Support to CNAP

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government, and academia, under subcontract to Sabre Systems Inc., was awarded its second option to provide non-personal technical advisory services to Commander Naval Air Force Pacific Fleet (CNAP) Readiness Directorate.

 

C&A Senior Associate, MaryCarla Erausquin, a current 15-year US Navy reservist helo pilot and readiness consultant, will be heading up this effort to include performing technical analyses, readiness assessments, metrics development, research, on-line training development, and life cycle maintenance.

 

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June 9, 2015
C&A Awarded Contract to Provide IG Program Support to COMNAVSURFPAC

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government, and academia was awarded a one-year prime contract # N00244-15-P-0296 by Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) San Diego to provide Inspector General program management support to Commander Naval Surface Forces Pacific (CNSP).

 

Specifically, C&A will provide database management, tracking, updating, and disbursement of reports related to audits, investigations, management of internal control assessments, and Command evaluations.

 

Former 20-year US Navy Yeoman, and C&A Senior Associate Jim Simchera is program lead to provide this support to CNSP.

 

For additional information about C&A please go to http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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April 2, 2015
Cowan & Associates, Inc. Awarded Navy SeaPort-e Contract

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government, has received a new prime contract award, N00178-15-D-8149, as a result of the Navy’s Seaport-e Rolling Admissions solicitation N00178-14-R-4000.

 

The SeaPort Enhanced (SeaPort-e) Program has made electronic procurement of Engineering, Financial, and Program Management support services a reality. Using SeaPort-e, the Navy Virtual SYSCOM (VS) Commanders (NAVAIR, NAVSEA, NAVSUP, NAVFAC, MSC, ONR, SSPO, USMC and SPAWAR) have adopted an integrated approach to contracting for support services.

 

The SeaPort-e portal provides a standardized means of issuing competitive solicitations amongst a large & diverse community of approved contractors, as well as a platform for awarding & managing performance-based task orders. This unified approach allows SeaPort-e service procurement teams to leverage their best work products, practices, & approaches across the Navy's critical service business sector.

 

In response to Task Orders issued by the government, C&A will provide services within all seven geographic zones, within all 22 functional areas including but not limited to: Modeling & Simulation; IT, Training, Logistics and Program Support, and Systems Engineering.

 

To view a complete listing of the successful awardees under this solicitation, please go to: http://www.defense.gov/contracts and click on the “Contracts” link for awards made today 2 April 2015.

 

Additional information on the C&A SeaPort-e contract can be found at: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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April 6, 2015
C&A/Serco Team Awarded Contract to Support OPNAV N1

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government and academia, under subcontract to SERCO Inc., was awarded a new prime contract today to provide continued professional, technical and administrative support services for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (DCNO) N1 in the execution of that office’s responsibilities for overall manpower readiness of the Navy.

 

Work to be performed under this contract will support the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) N1 and other Navy organizations as their requirements apply to Navy Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPTE). The contractor shall provide support to OPNAV N1 for all planning, programming, policy, and execution of manpower, personnel, training, and education activities in order to provide the Navy operating forces with trained personnel to support the missions assigned by the National Command Authority.

 

Jim Wais, Jim Wimberly and Matt Bahnan, all Senior Associates for C&A, will be providing support this effort.

 

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March 13, 2015
C&A Awarded First Targets Option to Support OPNAV N43 Director Fleet Readiness

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government, and academia, was awarded its first option year Task Order for Targets by NAVSUP FLC Norfolk det Philadelphia on its prime IDIQ contract supporting the Chief of Naval Operations Director of Fleet Readiness (OPNAV N43) for this $3.2M effort.

 

Through this contract, C&A continues assisting N43 - providing a comprehensive assessment of fleet readiness programs and assets, identifying operations and maintenance requirements, and providing analysis addressing the impact of shortfalls in funding. C&A will also provide fleet maintenance and capability plan analytic support, and readiness reporting.

 

On this specific Task Order, C&A will provide technical and professional services related to Navy Training, Systems Testing and Test & Evaluation (T&E) Targets support. C&A’s Targets Program Lead, Marty Lawson will help N43 to collect, assess and validate requirements, and also help to manage air, seaborne, land, sub-surface and mine inventory.

 

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January 19, 2015
C&A Teaches Executive Education Class at Darden for Navy Leaders

 

Brian Cowan, President & CEO of Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A) taught a one-day class in the two-week long course titled Understanding Industry, at the Darden School of Business in Charlottesville, VA.

 

Approximately 30 U.S. Naval Officers and senior Department of Navy (DoN) civilian specialists in contracting, acquisition, logistics, financial management, and project management attended the class. Its objectives were look through the eyes of industry to understand what drives their behavior, understand the role of cash flow, profit, risk and contribution margin in industry decisions, and predict how industry will react to government proposals allowing them to structure proposals for favorable outcomes to government.

 

C&A is an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and strategic planning to the federal government and academia, and is a strategic partner with the Darden School.

 

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2014

 

October 1, 2014
Bob Milligan Joins C&A as Managing Director

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government, and academia, expands its leadership team with the hiring of Bob Milligan as Managing Director.

 

“Bob has served at all levels of management in complex, technically driven environments,” said C&A President and CEO Brian Cowan. “His experience and expertise is part of our strategic plan for the continued growth and expansion of C&A.”

 

Prior to joining C&A, Milligan worked for ten years at CACI International Inc., an IT and network services company with fiscal 2013 revenue of more than $3.6 billion. At CACI, he served in several executive positions, including Executive Vice President (EVP), Maritime Program Support (MPS) Operating Group, responsible for developing and executing over $275 million business with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard.

 

Upon his retirement from the U.S. Navy, Miligan joined American Management Systems’ (AMS) Defense & Intelligence Business (DIG) where he led the firm’s $56 million Navy account, leading a 254-member staff and account management team working in numerous geographic locations.

 

Before joining AMS, Milligan retired from a 27-year career in the U.S. Navy, serving as a Navy Supply Corps Officer in numerous senior management positions afloat and ashore, including Commanding Officer, US Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Yokosuka, Japan; Director, Weapons Systems Support Group, Naval Inventory Control Point (NAVICP); and Director, Defense Business Operations (DBOF) Supply Management Division, Naval Supply Systems Command. He is the recipient of numerous military awards and is a DAWIA Certified Acquisition Professional.

 

Milligan earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; a master’s degree in Financial Management from Webster University, St. Louis, MO; and has completed the Program for Executives (Business Administration), Graduate School of Industrial Administration, Carnegie-Melon University, Pittsburgh, Penn. Additionally he has attended the Systems Acquisition Management Course for General/Flag Officers at National Defense University, and the Mergers and Acquisition Integration Course taught by the M&A Leadership Council.

 

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August 31, 2014
C&A Awarded First Option to Support OPNAV N43 Director Fleet Readiness

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government, and academia teamed, was awarded its first option year contract on three Task Orders by NAVSUP FLC Norfolk det Philadelphia on its prime IDIQ contract supporting the Chief of Naval Operations Director of Fleet Readiness (OPNAV N43) for this $3.2M effort.

 

Through this contract, C&A continues assisting N43 by providing a comprehensive assessment of fleet readiness programs and assets, identifying operations and maintenance requirements, and providing analysis addressing the impact of shortfalls in funding. C&A will also provide fleet maintenance, capability plan analytic support, and readiness reporting.

 

“The mission and importance of the role that N43 plays in the Navy’s Fleet readiness has never been more critical. We are honored and privileged to be part of their team to provide continued program support,” said C&A President Brian Cowan.

 

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August 15, 2014
C&A Team Wins Program Support Contract with DUSN/DCMO

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government, and academia teamed with MAC Consulting Inc. (MAC), to win a three-year program support contract with the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy/Deputy Chief Management Officer (DUSN/DCMO).

 

The MAC/C&A team will provide DUSN/DCMO with variety of program management support including strategic planning, quantitative analysis, data standardization, risk assessment, financial & budget analysis, business process analysis, and performance metrics.

 

C&A Senior Associates Steve Black and Shane Thomas will be Project Managers for this effort.

 

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July 10, 2014
C&A Awarded Contract to Provide Program Support to DoD ESI

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government, and academia was awarded a prime contract # N66001-14-P-0057 by SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific to provide program management support the Department of Defense Enterprise Software Initiative (DoD ESI) Working Group and Navy IT Umbrella Program.

 

Specifically, C&A Administrative & Operations support, Portal Content Management, ESI Website Help Desk support, and Training.

 

C&A Senior Associates Renee Rothlein and Bruce Whiteman will continue as Program Managers for this effort. For additional information about C&A please go to http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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June 26, 2014
C&A Awarded Follow on Contract to Provide Leadership Training to Navy Supply Corps School

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government, and academia was awarded the follow on $1.5M base plus two-year option prime contract #: N68836-14-R-0021 by NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville to provide leadership training to the Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS), Newport, RI for their Advanced Management Program (AMP).

 

Specifically, C&A has teamed with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Executive Education Program to teach 5-6 courses per year at the NSCS Tench Francis School of Business. AMP is designed to help individual managers improve on competencies that are of strategic importance to their organizations by identifying key development areas and then build learning solutions focused on desired outcomes. AMP incorporates workshops where managers from both civilian and military backgrounds work together in the areas of knowledge, skills and behaviors, and target specific areas of competence with an emphasis on leading edge theory and practice.

 

C&A Associate Director Nancy Clay will continue as Program Manager for this effort. For additional information about C&A please go to http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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June 16, 2014
C&A Teaches Executive Education Class at Darden for Army Leaders

 

Brian Cowan, President & CEO of Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A) taught a one-day class in the two-week long course titled Understanding Industry, at the Darden School of Business in Charlottesville, VA.

 

Approximately 30 U.S. Army Officers and senior Department of Army (DoA) civilian specialists in contracting, acquisition, logistics, financial management and project management attended the class. Its objectives were look through the eyes of industry to understand what drives their behavior, understand the role of cash flow, profit, risk and contribution margin in industry decisions, and predict how industry will react to government proposals allowing them to structure proposals for favorable outcomes to government.

 

C&A is an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and strategic planning to the federal government and academia, and is a strategic partner with the Darden School.

 

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January 16, 2014
C&A Teaches Executive Education Class at Darden for Navy Leaders

 

Brian Cowan, President & CEO of Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), taught a one-day class in the two-week long course titled "Understanding Industry," at the Darden School of Business in Charlottesville, VA.

Approximately 30 U.S. Naval Officers and senior Department of Navy (DoN) civilian specialists in contracting, acquisition, logistics, financial management, and project management attended the class. Its objectives were to look through the eyes of industry to understand what drives their behavior; understand the role of cash flow, profit, risk and contribution margin in industry decisions; and predict how industry will react to government proposals allowing them to structure proposals for favorable outcomes to government.

C&A is an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and strategic planning to the federal government and academia, and is a strategic partner with the Darden School.

 

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2013

 

December 17, 2013
C&A Hires Bob Loria to Support OPNAV N43 Director Fleet Readiness

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired Bob Loria today to support their IDIQ contract for the Chief of Naval Operations Director of Fleet Readiness (OPNAV N43).

Bob will support N43 in providing a comprehensive assessment of fleet readiness programs and assets, identifying operations and maintenance requirements, and providing analysis addressing the impact of shortfalls in funding. Specifically, Bob will serve as a senior analyst for the POM (Program Objective Memorandum) cycle for OPNAV 43 (Fleet Readiness) working onsite at the Pentagon and perform Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPB&E) tasks.

Bob has completed a successful career as a US Marine Corps Officer serving both on active duty and in the Reserves and earned two military occupational specialties in supply and logistics. Bob spent served 12 years active duty in operational forces including Marine Corps Air Wing, Marine Corps Security Forces (anti-terrorism), a Marine Corps Artillery Division, and the Force Service Support Group. During his service in the Marine Corps Reserve, Bob served with the Marine Wing Support Squadron 474, Joint Forces Command J8 in support of Afghanistan, a joint Individual Mobilization Activity, and the 4th Marine Division.

Bob has provided service to several leading technology companies during a successful civilian career including United Technologies, Lucent Technologies, EMC, Raytheon, and General Dynamics. His duties have carried titles such as project manager, sales engineer, program manager, program director, and senior engineering manager.

Bob holds an MBA from the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. Bob also has a BS from the United States Naval Academy. Certifications include Six Sigma, Network+, and Earned Value.

 

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November 7, 2013
C&A Teams with Booz Allen Hamilton to Win IT Support Contract for OPNAV N2N6

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia teamed with Booz Allen Hamilton to win a contract to provide non-personal technical advisory services to the US Navy Chief of Naval Operations Directorate for Information Dominance (OPNAV N2N6).

C&A’s Senior Associate, John Friedlander, a former 26-year US Navy Surface Warfare Officer and IT consultant will be heading up this effort to include providing support services for the Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) Branch within OPNAV N2N6.


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November 1, 2013
C&A Signs DoD Business Development Agreement with GENCO

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a subcontract agreement today with GENCO to provide business development support for their U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) logistics contract bid efforts.

C&A’s Director Scott Bethmann, a former 24-year US Navy Supply Corps Officer and consultant, will be heading up this effort to include market research, business case analysis, and proposal development.

 

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October 30, 2013
C&A President Brian Cowan Joins Darden DC Advisory Group

 

Brian Cowan, President & CEO of Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), has been invited to participate in and joined a Washington, DC-based Advisory Board for the Darden School of Business in Charlottesville, VA.

The purpose of this group – the Darden in DC Initiative Advisory Group - is to advise Darden’s Dean Bob Bruner to examine how Darden might leverage its existing strengths to gain a leadership position in the DC Metro region.

C&A is an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and strategic planning to the federal government and academia, and is a strategic partner with the Darden School.


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October 17, 2013
C&A Qualifies for KPMG Federal Advisory Small Business Subcontractor

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia was informed today that they qualify as a Small Business Subcontractor for the KPMG Federal Advisory Services program.

This approval positions C&A to support KPMG on one of their potential Federal Advisory Services engagements, which includes improving client business performance, enabling them to innovate and expand, leverage IT investments, protect financial assets, and better manage risk.

C&A Director/CIO Jim Cecil is Program Manager for this effort.

 

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September 19, 2013
US Navy Memorial Names Brian Cowan to Board of Directors

 

The United States Navy Memorial recently named Brian Cowan to its Foundation Board of Directors.

 

Brian is a former US Navy Commander, and President of his own 35-person management consulting company, Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and strategic planning to the federal government and academia.


The US Navy Memorial provides a living tribute to Navy people and a place for them to gather and celebrate their service. The outdoor plaza features a “Granite Sea” map of the world, towering masts with signal flags, fountain pools and waterfalls, and The Lone Sailor© statue. Adjacent to the plaza is the Naval Heritage Center, where visitors can find educational displays about the contributions of the men and women of the Sea Services (Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine). Also housed in the Naval Heritage Center is the Navy Log – the online place for Navy people to stay connected with each other, celebrate their service, and preserve the memories of their service. There, Navy veterans can build a record of their service online.

 

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September 3, 2013
C&A Hires New CFO and Senior Director Laurie Tawney

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a new Chief Financial Officer and Senior Director today, Laurie Tawney.

Laurie will be responsible for all financial and accounting operations at Cowan & Associates, as well as handling HR and contract administration functions.

 

Prior to joining C&A, Laurie spent the last eight years as the first EVP and CFO of Healthy Directions, LLC, a direct-to-consumer nutritional supplements and newsletter business. Her responsibilities included oversight of the accounting, finance, HR, and IT functions of the company.

 

Laurie came to Healthy Directions from Phillips International, Inc., where she spent four years as SVP and Treasurer and participated in its sale to a pair of private equity firms.

 

Laurie also spent 13 years in various finance and accounting functions for Lockheed Martin Corporation. During her time with LMC, she was initially at various business units and then spent 6 years in the LMC Corporate Treasury area. Her roles included Director of International Finance and Director of Value-Based Management.

 

Laurie received her BS in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting, from Towson University. She has her CPA and also received her MBA from Loyola University.

 

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July 11, 2013
C&A Awarded IDIQ Contract to Support OPNAV N43 Director Fleet Readiness

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia was awarded a base with two option-year prime IDIQ contract worth up to $3.6M by NAVSUP FLC Norfolk det Philadelphia.

C&A will be supporting the Chief of Naval Operations Director of Fleet Readiness (OPNAV N43) on this effort. C&A will assist N43 in providing a comprehensive assessment of fleet readiness programs and assets, identifying operations and maintenance requirements, and providing analysis addressing the impact of shortfalls in funding. C&A will also provide fleet maintenance and capability plan analytic support, and readiness reporting.

 

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July 1, 2013
C&A Teams with Sabre Systems to Win Readiness Support Contract for CNAP

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia teamed with Sabre Systems Inc. to win a contract to provide non-personal technical advisory services to Commander Naval Air Force Pacific Fleet (CNAP) Readiness Directorate.

C&A’s newest Senior Associate, Larry McGuire, a former 21-year US Navy helo pilot and readiness consultant will be heading up this effort to include performing technical analyses, readiness assessments, metrics development, research, on-line training development, and life cycle maintenance.

For additional information about the contract win, please click here.

 

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June 15, 2013
C&A President Brian Cowan Receives Aquinas Institute Distinguished Alumnus Award

 

Brian Cowan, President & CEO of Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A) was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award by Aquinas Institute High School of Rochester, NY at its graduation ceremony at the Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

The Award is presented annually at Commencement in recognition of outstanding and widely recognized achievement. The award salutes in particular those who exemplify the standards and objectives of The Aquinas Institute through personal conduct, professional accomplishments and community service

Brian is a 1975 Aquinas Alumnus, and sits on its Foundation Board of Directors.

Brian is a former US Navy Commander, and President of C&A a 35-person Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and strategic planning to the federal government and academia.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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May 8, 2013
C&A Teams with Delta Resources to Win IDIQ to Support OPNAV N98

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia teamed with Delta Resources Inc. to win an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide professional, technical and administrative support services for the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Air Warfare Division (OPNAV N98).

 

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April 30, 2013
C&A Teams with Booz Allen Hamilton to Win DRRS-N IDIQ

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia teamed with Booz Allen Hamilton to win an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide professional, technical and administrative support services for the Defense Readiness Reporting System-Navy (DRRS-N) Program.

C&A’s Managing Director Chad Clay will head up this effort.

 

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April 25, 2013
C&A’s Miriam Gennari Wins Arlington County VA Award

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government and academia is pleased to announce that their Executive Assistant, Miriam Gennari, has been selected as an Arlington Public Schools Honored Citizen. In 1975, the Arlington School Board established the Honored Citizen award. This award was created to recognize those community members who have made extraordinary contributions to the schools on a voluntary basis. Honored Citizens are individuals who have demonstrated a sustained commitment of at least five years to Arlington Public Schools. This honor recognizes individuals who have committed significant time and energy to a broad range of volunteer activities throughout the Arlington school community.

Miriam’s efforts were celebrated at an awards ceremony on April 25, 2013 hosted by the Arlington Public School Board and Senior Staff.

“Miriam’s heart and energy are focused on environmental education, and she has made valuable contributions in classrooms, in school yards and as a member of the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability. Her knowledge of curriculum has been especially helpful, as she collaborates with APS to facilitate environmental literacy. She has worked to obtain financial support for an energy reduction curriculum from Dominion Power and the Alliance to Save Energy, and for the past two years, she has spearheaded the Wakefield-Claremont Project, piloting the campus concept as it pertains to environmental education and outdoor learning investments. Miriam is a tireless advocate, committed to the principles of teaching students to be good stewards of their resources and to make Arlington a better and more sustainable community. Be it at her neighborhood Starbucks encouraging the use of reusable coffee mugs or a school picnic with cloth napkins, StyrofoamMom is always on the job.” said James Landers School Board Member

Furthermore, Miriam was also recognized April 21, 2013 by George Mason University at their Annual Earth Day Celebration for the second year in a row as a nominee for The Arlington Green Patriot Award which recognizes an individual, business or organization that exemplifies sustainability in more than one aspect of their recent life or operations to better civic life in Arlington, Virginia.

 

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March 9, 2013
C&A Sponsors DC Supply Corps Birthday Ball

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia was a corporate sponsor for the Washington Area Navy Supply Corps Association (WANSCA) 218th Supply Corps Birthday Ball held on 9 March 2013, where Jim Kelly received the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Additional information about the Ball and the Navy Supply Corps Foundation can be found in the current issue of The Oakleaf Newsletter.

 

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February 8, 2013
C&A Successfully Completes 6th AMP Leadership Training Course at NSCS

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia successfully completed its sixth, two-week leadership training course for the Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS), in Newport, RI for their Advanced Management Program (AMP).

C&A teamed with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Executive Education Program to help twenty US Navy Officers and Civilians improve on competencies that are of strategic importance to their organizations, by identifying key development areas and then build learning solutions focused on desired outcomes. AMP incorporates workshops, where the Navy students work together in the areas of knowledge, skills and behaviors, and target specific areas of competence with an emphasis on leading edge theory and practice.

Nancy Clay, Associate Director at C&A was project manager for this course, and was assisted by C&A Associate Alena Weiner. Information about future classes in 2013 can be requested by contacting the NSCS Program Manager, Mr. Jim Ross at (401) 841-4847.

For additional information about this course or C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net

 

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January 17, 2013
C&A Signs Subcontract with BuySide to Support SPAWAR

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a subcontract today with BuySide Partners LLC.

C&A will be providing Software Product Manager (SPM) program support to Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWARSYSCEN), San Diego for the DoD Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI), Department of the Navy Information Technology (DON IT) Umbrella Program.

C&A Senior Associate, Renée Rothlein will be program manager for this effort.

 

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January 16, 2013
C&A Facilitates Aquinas Institute Foundation Strategic Planning

 

Brian Cowan, President & CEO of Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A) hosted Aquinas Institute High School of Rochester, NY at its  Arlington, Virginia office and facilitated a two-day off-site retreat to review and update their Foundation Strategic Plan.

Brian is a 1975 Aquinas Alumnus, and sits on its Foundation Board of Directors.

Brian is a former US Navy Commander, and President of C&A a 35-person Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and strategic planning to the federal government and academia.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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January 14, 2013
C&A Teaches Executive Education Class at Darden for Navy Leaders

 

Brian Cowan, President & CEO of Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A) taught a one-day class in the two-week long course titled Understanding Industry, at the Darden School of Business in Charlottesville, VA.

Approximately 30 U.S. Naval Officers and senior Department of Navy (DoN) civilian specialists in contracting, acquisition, logistics, financial management and project management attended the class. Its objectives were look through the eyes of industry to understand what drives their behavior, understand the role of cash flow, profit, risk and contribution margin in industry decisions, and predict how industry will react to government proposals allowing them to structure proposals for favorable outcomes to government.

C&A is an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and strategic planning to the federal government and academia, and is a strategic partner with the Darden School.

 

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January 3, 2013
C&A Awarded SeaPort-e Contract to Support OPNAV N9I Warfare Integration

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia was awarded a one-year three FTE prime contract by NAVSUP FLC Norfolk under their Navy SeaPort-e Program.

C&A will be supporting the Chief of Naval Operations Warfare Integration Division (OPNAV N9I) on this effort. C&A will assist N9I in developing and assessing processes and providing input for the development of guidance, to enable program analyses and recommendations spanning the lifecycle of programs in the N9I portfolio. C&A will assist N9I in prioritizing investments in order to maximize implementation of DoD and CNO mission and task priorities, and serve as a senior readiness advisor.

C&A’s Managing Director Chad Clay is program managers for this effort.

 

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December 27, 2012
C&A Promotes Jim Cecil & Baker Turner to Director

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia announced today that it is promoting Jim Cecil and Baker Turner to the position of Director.

Since joining the team in February 2007, Jim has worked primarily as the Project Manager in support of the DoD Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI).

Baker has been with C&A since 2008, and is Program Lead for the Pentagon, including efforts at the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Management & Budget (DASN (M&B)).

Jim and Baker have multiple professional certifications. Both have earned their Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI), Lean Six Sigma Black Belts (Baker has his Master Black Belt), and Jim his Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) with the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). Both Jim and Baker both earned their MBAs from the Darden School of Business.

 

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December 1, 2012
C&A Signs Subcontract with SPA to provide Budget Support to OPNAV N3/N5

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a subcontract support agreement with Systems Planning & Analysis, Inc. (SPA), an Alexandria, VA-based Engineering and Technical Program Management firm.

C&A will be providing budget and financial management support for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Information, Plans & Strategy (OPNAV N3/N5).

C&A’s Associate Director Marci Dobal is program manager for this effort, and will provide budgeting and execution support to all phases of N3N5’s Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) process, and all phases of their Civilian Personnel (CIVPERS) human resources actions.

 

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November 8, 2012
C&A CEO Brian Cowan Panel Speaker at Darden Entrepreneur Roundtable

 

Brian Cowan, President, CEO, and Founder of Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia, was a panel speaker at a recent Darden School of Business Entrepreneur Leadership Roundtable in Washington, DC.

Brian, a Darden ’91 Darden alumnus, engaged with several other alumni panel members and the audience in a dynamic, interactive discussion on the rewards, challenges and pitfalls of entrepreneurial ventures.

C&A boasts ten Darden alumni amongst its ranks, making it the third largest employer of former Darden students in the Washington, DC area.

 

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November 2, 2012
C&A Corporate Sponsor for CU Boulder Reunion Weekend

 

Brian Cowan, an alumnus of and Board member for the University of Colorado Boulder Alumni Association (CUBAA), and President & CEO of his own 35-person management consulting company, Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), was a corporate sponsor for the first Back to Boulder (B2B) Homecoming Reunion weekend held 2-4 November 2012,

Brian, also Vice Chair for the CUBAA Events & Outreach Committee, was instrumental in the research, planning, organization and execution of CU’s first B2B, which was held on Homecoming weekend and included events for alumni and students alike including Reunions, Awards Ceremony, Luncheon, Classes, Tours, Parade and Football Game.

The 2013 B2B is scheduled for 24-27 October 2013.

C&A is an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and strategic planning to the federal government and academia.

 

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November 1, 2012
C&A CEO Brian Cowan Named Navy Supply Corps Foundation Volunteer of the Year

 

Brian Cowan, President, CEO, and Founder of Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia, was named Navy Supply Corps Foundation Retired Volunteer of the Year during the annual meeting of the Board of Directors held in Philadelphia in October.

Active in the Washington D.C. Chapter, C&A generously sponsors activities at every Chapter event and is also active in mentoring and supporting former Naval and Supply Officers in making their transition to the private sector. C&A also is active in recruiting and hiring former Naval officers and government employees -- a full 86% of its staff!

 

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October 24, 2012
C&A Signs Subcontract with Sayres to Conduct V-22 ILS Research for Boeing

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a subcontract support agreement with Sayres and Associates Corporation (SAC), a Washington, DC-based Management & Technical Support Services firm.

C&A will be conducting Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) and logistics and transportation support services research on behalf of SAC, on the V-22 Osprey Program for Boeing Corporation.

C&A’s Senior Associate Dave Brumfield is program manager for this effort, and will research potential ILS and supply chain improvements for the V-22 Program.

 

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October 12, 2012
C&A CEO Brian Cowan Receives Award at Darden Leadership Roundtable

 

Brian Cowan, President & CEO of Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia, received an award at the Darden School of Business Leadership Roundtable weekend in Charlottesville, VA.

Brian, a Darden ’91 Alumnus and a ten-year Class Agent, received an award for his 58% class reunion Annul Fund participation rate.

 

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September 3, 2012
C&A President Brian Cowan Keynote Speaker at Darden Admissions Event for Veterans

 

Brian Cowan, President & CEO of his own 35-person management consulting company, Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A) delivered a keynote address at the Darden School of Business in Charlottesville, VA, to a group of 30 US military veterans that are MBA applicants.

The Darden Military Association (DMA), who hosted the event, exists to assist its members, current and former military attending the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, in leveraging former and current military experiences to enhance career opportunities within the private sector, build esprit de corps and camaraderie within the Darden community, and host lively leisure events.

C&A is an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and strategic planning to the federal government and academia, and is a strategic partner with the Darden School and is a corporate sponsor for the DMA.

 

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September 1, 2012
C&A Awarded SeaPort-e Contract to Support OPNAV N43 Director Fleet Readiness

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia was awarded a base and one-year option prime contract worth $1.1M by NAVSUP FLC Norfolk under their Navy SeaPort-e Program.

C&A will be supporting the Chief of Naval Operations Director of Fleet Readiness (OPNAV N43) on this effort. C&A will assist N43 in providing a comprehensive assessment of fleet readiness programs and assets, identifying operations and maintenance requirements, and providing analysis addressing the impact of shortfalls in funding. C&A will also provide fleet maintenance and capability plan analytic support, and readiness reporting,

C&A’s Senior Associates Fred Bourassa and Alan Bushore are program managers for this effort.

 

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September 1, 2012
C&A Awarded Contract to Support Naval Warfare Development Command (NWDC)

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia was awarded a one-year prime contract by NAVSUP FLC Norfolk under their Navy SeaPort-e Program.

C&A will be supporting the Naval Warfare Development Center (NWDC) in Norfolk, VA to develop and create a Navy Tactics, Techniques & Procedures (NTTP) document for their Logistics Maritime Operations Center (LMOC). C&A will coordinate with the US Naval War College (NWC) as primary review authority for this effort.

Jeff Pottinger, Managing Director for C&A, will be Project Manager for this effort.

 

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August 20, 2012
C&A Signs Contract with Darden to Perform DC Market Research

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A) was awarded a contract to conduct a market research project for the Darden School of Business in Charlottesville, VA.

Its overall goal is to provide data and information to help Darden Leadership assess the market environment and demand for expanded executive education services by Darden in the Greater Washington, DC area.

C&A is an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and strategic planning to the federal government and academia, and is a strategic partner with the Darden School.

 

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August 20, 2012
C&A Hires New Senior Associate Doug Hancock to NAVSEA PMS 385

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a new Senior Associate today, Doug Hancock.

Doug will be providing support to Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Team Ships PMS 385. Doug will be creating Technical Manuals in support of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) Mobile Landing Platform (MLP). MLP 1 is being constructed by National Steel & Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) in San Diego, CA and is due to be delivered in FY 13.

Doug brings over 20 years of leadership and technical engineering experience serving in the United States Navy, including shipboard tours aboard the USS BULKELEY (DDG-84), USS OSCAR AUTSIN (DDG-79), USS YORKTOWN (CG-48), and USS RICHMOND K TURNER (CG-20), and ashore tours as an instructor at the AEGIS Training & Readiness Center.

 

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July 30, 2012
C&A Teaches Executive Education Class at Darden for Navy Leaders

 

Managing Director Jeff Pottinger and Chief Financial Officer Chet Burton, both of Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), taught a one-day class in the two-week long course titled Understanding Industry, at the Darden School of Business in Charlottesville, VA.

Approximately 30 U.S. Naval Officers and senior Department of Navy (DoN) civilian specialists in contracting, acquisition, logistics, financial management, and project management attended the class. Its objectives were look through the eyes of industry to understand what drives their behavior, understand the role of cash flow, profit, risk and contribution margin in industry decisions, and predict how industry will react to government proposals allowing them to structure proposals for favorable outcomes to government.

C&A is an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and strategic planning to the federal government and academia, and is a strategic partner with the Darden School.

 

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July 30, 2012
C&A Presents DoD ESI Strategy and Tools at 2012 DoD Industry Conferences

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A) Associate Director Jim Cecil presented briefings on the strategic direction and new capabilities for the DoD Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI) at recent Department of Defense (DoD) information technology (IT) industry conferences. Cecil is a consultant to the Office of the DoD Chief Information Officer (CIO), where he provides expertise in strategic sourcing and technology management for DoD ESI, the DoD IT strategic sourcing program, and the DoD IT Asset Management (ITAM) program.


DoD ESI promotes its enterprise agreements and other DoD IT buyer services at DoD industry conferences to expand awareness of: a) the benefits of strategic sourcing for commercial IT; b) to educate DoD programs and contracting personnel on DoD ESI enterprise agreements; and c) to share proven practices for improving outcomes of commercial IT product acquisitions.


Cecil served a speaker with his client counterparts and other consultants representing DoD ESI at the following 2012 DoD IT Industry Conference sessions:


1. Armed Forces Electronics Association (AFCEA) West / Department of Navy (DON) IT West Coast Conference (January 2012, San Diego, CA): "Cloud Computing and its Impact on Software Licensing"


2. Association for Enterprise Information (AFEI) DoD Enterprise Architecture (EA) Conference (April/May 2012, Miami, FL): “DoD ESI & The Joint Information Environment (JIE) & ESI Best Value Toolkit for Software Buyers”


3. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Mission Partners Conference / AFCEA Technology Showcase (May 2012, Tampa, FL): “DoD ESI & The Joint Information Environment (JIE) [with introduction to ESI Best Value Toolkit for Software Buyers]”


4. American Council for Technology, Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) Enterprise Architecture Special Interest Group (EA SIG) (July 2012, Alexandria, VA): “DoD ESI & The Joint Information Environment (JIE)”


The JIE presentations outlined how DoD ESI will support the JIE construct through strategies for expanding ESI offerings to provide DoD-wide software enterprise licenses and to use designated agreements to consolidate DoD-wide commodity IT hardware purchases. These initiatives are elements of the “DoD Enterprise Strategy and Roadmap” and the “DoD CIO 10 Point Plan for IT Modernization.” Objectives include providing common configurations to increase interoperability across DoD, aligning commercial IT contracts with DoD enterprise requirements, and maximizing DoD’s scale for volume discounts.


The briefings on the ESI Best Value Toolkit and cloud computing licensing provided attendees insights into how to evaluate investment options and how to negotiate and implement effective contracts for commercial software and cloud-based services.


Additional information about these and other 2012 DoD IT conferences supported by DoD ESI may be found at the DoD ESI web site (www.esi.mil), which includes links to the individual conference web sites and downloadable session briefs.


Cecil is C&A’s Program Lead for DoD IT Strategic Sourcing & CIO Programs. He has been a consultant to DoD ESI and the DoD IT Asset Management (ITAM) program since 2007, providing expertise in IT strategic planning, strategic sourcing, and management best practices. He has over twenty years of experience in technology strategy, program management, strategic sourcing, and IT system implementation. He is a regular speaker at DoD industry conferences on topics related to DoD ESI initiatives, ITAM, and acquisition of commercial IT products and services.


C&A is a management consulting firm serving the public and higher education sectors. C&A provides strategy, supply chain management, program management, IT advisory support, performance management, change management and business process improvement services to help clients achieve superior results. C&A is based in Arlington, VA, and is a Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB).


About the conference organizers:


AFCEA is a non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry, and academia as an ethical forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, IT, intelligence, and global security. AFCEA hosts a series of annual IT conferences to provide forums for DoD and industry to share information about current and emerging strategies and technologies that benefit the DoD mission. Additional information about AFCEA and its conferences is available at the official AFCEA web site, www.AFCEA.org.


AFEI (www.afei.org) is an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) that supports the advancement of enterprise information environments for the CIO community through industry/government collaboration. AFEI manages the annual DoD EA Conference. Additional information about the NDIA is available at the NDIA web site, www.ndia.org.


The American Council for Technology (ACT) - Industry Advisory Council (IAC) is a non-profit, public-private partnership dedicated to improving government through the application of information technology. Additional information about ACT-IAC can be found https://www.actgov.org.

 

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July 29, 2012
C&A Associate Melinda Parrish's CreateACure Organization Holds Fundraiser to Support Cancer Research

 

C&A Associate Director Melinda Parrish started the CreateACure organization to put together fundraisers to support cancer research. See The Washington Post's Capital Business Section for an article about CreateACure's most recent event.

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A) is an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and strategic planning to the federal government and academia.

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July 22, 2012
C&A Signs Subcontract with Serco to Provide Support to CNIC

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a follow-on Task Order today with SERCO Inc., a Reston, Virginia-based company that provides a broad range of services to federal defense and civilian agencies, as well as state and local governments, and commercial customers throughout North America.

C&A will be providing continued Future Requirements Determination (FReD) services in support of Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Strategy & Future Requirements – Resource Management (N55) Branch.

 
Jim Wimberly, Senior Associate for C&A, will be Project Manager for this effort, assisted by colleague Melinda Parrish.

 

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March 29, 2012
C&A Signs Subcontract with CSC to Provide Support to NAVSEA PMS 385

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a $4.4M subcontract today with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), a global leader in providing technology enabled business solutions and services.

C&A will be providing Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) program support to Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters (NAVSEA) PMS 385 Program for the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) and Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV).

Cathy Alexander, Director for C&A, will be Project Manager for this effort.

 

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 March 22, 2012
C&A Hires New Associate Director Andy Salunga to Support DON (FMO)

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a new Associate Director today, Andy Salunga.

Andy brings over 20 years of experience and leadership in the areas of organizational change management, value chain analysis, human capital strategy, program management, operations strategy and business process improvement, knowledge management, IT strategy development and systems implementation, and research and analytical consulting.

Andy supports the Department of the Navy’s financial operations organization (DoN (FMO)) and focuses on providing analysis and developing recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of DON business processes. The effort is part of DoN FMO’s Business Process Standardization (BPS) initiative and is critical to increasing audit readiness and ultimately, reassuring the Public and Congress of DoN and DoD financial resource stewardship.

Andy has worked across over 20 industries and hundreds of commercial and public sector organizations. He has held a wide range of senior management positions with progressively increasing internal and client-facing responsibilities at several leading firms, such as George Group Consulting (now Accenture’s Process & Innovation practice); Forrester, a global research and advisory firm; CACI; and KPMG Consulting.

As a public speaker, published researcher, and expert on operational excellence and innovation, his work has been widely cited by the business and technology press, including Reuters, Nikkei Computing, CIO, and Computerworld.

Prior to embarking on a commercial career, Andy was privileged to serve his country as a United States Marine Corps officer in operational and logistical leadership roles.


Andy holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Engineering from Vanderbilt University, and a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Naval Academy.

 

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March 15, 2012
C&A Signs Follow On Task Order with Serco to Provide Support to OPNAV N1

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a follow-on Task Order today with SERCO Inc., a Reston, Virginia-based company that provides a broad range of services to federal defense and civilian agencies, as well as state and local governments, and commercial customers throughout North America.

C&A will be providing continued professional, technical and administrative support services for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (DCNO) N1 in the execution of that office’s responsibilities for overall manpower readiness of the Navy. Work to be performed under this contract will support the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) N1 and other Navy organizations as their requirements apply to Navy Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPTE). The contractor shall provide support to OPNAV N1 for all planning, programming, policy, and execution of manpower, personnel, training, and education activities in order to provide the Navy operating forces with trained personnel to support the missions assigned by the National Command Authority.

Baker Turner, Associate Director for C&A, will be Project Manager for this effort.

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March 3, 2012
Washington Navy Supply Corps School Corp Ball Photos

 

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March 2, 2012
C&A Hosts Supply Corps Foundation Board of Directors Meeting

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hosted the Spring 2012 Supply Corps Foundation Board of Directors Meeting at their main office in Crystal City, VA.


The Board Meeting coincided with the Washington Area Navy Supply Corps Association (WANSCA) 217th Supply Corps Birthday Ball held on 3 March 2012, where Rear Admiral Donald “Smoke” Hickman received the Supply Corps Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Additional information about the Board Meeting and the Navy Supply Corps Foundation can be found in the March 2012 issue of The Oakleaf Newsletter.

 

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February 6, 2012
C&A Hires New Associate Director Renée Rothlein to Support SPAWAR

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a new Associate Director today, Renée Rothlein.

Renée is a 28-year veteran of the Federal Government, 21 of which were in the Information Technology (IT) field where she gained experience through the planning, acquisition, operation, maintenance and security of IT systems. Renée started her IT career when she was selected for the Junior Academic Fellowship program through the Navy Personnel Research and Development Center in San Diego whereby she earned an AS Computer Science degree in 1993.

Much of Renée’s IT experience supported the Navy Medical Center San Diego where she managed clinical computer systems. After a few years, Renée advanced to IT Project Manager and Contract Officer Representative (COR) where she managed multi-million dollar contracts, prepared program budget estimates, developed Work Breakdown Structures (WBS’s), and built program schedules. In 2005 Renée accepted a post working for the Department of Defense (DoD) Dependents Schools in Wiesbaden Germany where for three years she managed the contracts for numerous, multi-million dollar IT educational endeavors.

Back in San Diego from 2008-2011, Renée finished up her Civil Service career at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWARSYSCEN), San Diego where she was a member of the DoD Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI), Department of the Navy Information Technology (DON IT) Umbrella Program, and worked as the Software Product Manager (SPM) for DoD Microsoft sales. She assisted DoD customers in making valuable use of their IT resources by providing technical expertise of IT software procurement. Renée proved her worth by processing hundreds of delinquent sales reports that generated over $2.3M for the Federal Government. Renée is DAWIA Level II certified for Information Technology.

Renée currently provides program management support to the DoD ESI Program at SPAWAR.

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February 3, 2012
C&A Successfully Completes Second AMP Leadership Training Course at NSCS

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia successfully completed its two-week leadership training course for the Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS), in Newport, RI for their Advanced Management Program (AMP).

 

C&A teamed with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Executive Education Program to help twenty US Navy Officers and Civilians improve on competencies that are of strategic importance to their organizations, by identifying key development areas and then build learning solutions focused on desired outcomes.   AMP incorporates workshops, where the Navy students work together in the areas of knowledge, skills and behaviors, and target specific areas of competence with an emphasis on leading edge theory and practice.

 

Jeff Pottinger, Managing Director at C&A was project manager for this course, and was assisted by C&A Associate Director Nancy Clay.  The next two classes are currently scheduled for 19-30 March and 4-15 June 2012 respectively, and can be requested by contacting the NSCS Program Manager, Mr, Jim Ross at (401) 841-4847.

 

For additional information about this course or C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net

 

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January 20, 2012
C&A President Brian Cowan Delivers Pro Bono Research Project to CU Boulder Board

 

Brian Cowan, President & CEO of his own 35-person management consulting company, Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), and a Board member for the University of Colorado Boulder Alumni Association (CUBAA) delivered a pro bono research study which identified nationwide University Alumni Association best practices, including metrics, organizational structure, membership, budget & finance, and roles & responsibilities for Associations similar to CUBAA. Additionally, C&A conducted benchmarking best-in-class practices including alumni engagement (e.g., Reunions) as they relate to fundraising & development.

 

C&A is an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and strategic planning to the federal government and academia.

 

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January 5, 2012
Year of Supply Exhibit at US Navy Memorial Selected for American Graphic Design Award

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia was notified that the Supply Corps FoundationYear of Navy Supply” Exhibit at the US Navy Memorial in Washington, DC was recently selected for an American Graphic Design Award from Graphic Design USA. The competition attracted more than 8,000 entries in more than 20 categories.


The “Year of Navy Supply” Exhibit ran for one year from April 2010 thru March 2011, and highlighted the importance of Navy supply throughout history, along with having interactive items and elements to show how supply supports today’s warfighter. C&A provided strategic consultation and pre-production planning, produced, installed and maintained the exhibit, then dismantled and transported displays to the US Navy Supply Corps School in Newport, RI.


Posters for the “Year of Navy Supply” are available for downloading at the Supply Corps Foundation website.

 

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November 29, 2011
C&A Signs Task Order with KPMG to Support Navy FMO FIP Effort

 

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a task order today with KPMG LLC, under a recently awarded contract to support the Navy’s Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Financial Management and Comptroller (FMO), under its Financial Improvement Program (FIP).

Specifically, C&A Associate Director Jim Snare will provide support to US Fleet Forces Command to undertake an enterprise-wide effort to document, analyze, standardize and refine business processes having a financial impact to the general ledger to further the DoN's objectives towards obtaining and maintaining auditability. This contract effort will provide resource support at the Navy Command level to carry out tasks related to the FMO Business Process Standardization (BPS) intiative. The scope and timing of the tasks will be directed by the FMO based on an overall BPS project management plan.

 

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November 10, 2011
C&A Hires New Associate Director Dave Brumfield to Support KPMG FIP Effort

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a new Associate Director today, David Brumfield.

Dave will be supporting KPMG LLC, under a recently awarded subcontract to support the Navy’s Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Financial Management and Comptroller (FMO), under its Financial Improvement Program (FIP).

Prior to joining C&A, Dave served a distinguished thirty-year career in the US Navy Supply Corps. Operational logistics assignments included three sea tours. He last served afloat as the Officer-in-Charge in USNS NIAGARA FALLS (T-AFS 3), Supply Officer in USS HAYLER (DD-997), and Assistant Supply Officer in USS PREBLE (DDG-46).

Ashore, Dave had tours as a Contracting Specialist for the H-60 Helicopter and Deputy Business Financial Manager for F/A-18 Aircraft, both at Naval Air Systems Command. He served as Director of Contracts for Fixed Wing Spares, and Weapons System Team Lead for the H-60 Helicopter, both at Naval Inventory Control Point (NAVICP), Philadelphia where he flawlessly managed 65 civilians in the execution of over $1B in contracts awards over 2 years. He was the Afloat Systems Team Leader at the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) where he led the charge to take Relational Supply (RSupply) ashore while bridging legacy systems to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). Dave served as Executive Officer (XO) at the Navy Supply Corps School NSCS), Athens, GA where he won the 5-star Zumwalt Award for excellence in Base Quarters (BQ) Operations. He served as the Director of Logistics at the Military Sealift Command (MSC) responsible for MSC logistics worldwide with an average of 115 ships operating daily. And his final tour was at the Chief of Naval Operations Staff (OPNAV N42) where he served as Combat Logistics Force Branch Head. He initiated requirements for the $10B T-AOE(X) Program, the Navy’s next generation Oiler.

Dave received his BS in Business Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), a MS in Acquisition from Naval Postgraduate School and attended the Executive Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University. Dave is a DAWIA Level III in Acquisition and a member of the Acquisition Professional Community (APC).

 

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November 1, 2011
C&A President Brian Cowan Darden Class Agent Spotlight Interview

Brian Cowan, President of Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia, was interviewed by the Darden School of Business in his role as Class of 1991 Class Agent in their Spotlight Series.

Brian, a Darden ’91 Alumnus and a ten-year Class Agent, received an award for his 79% class reunion Annul Fund participation rate in October 2011.

 

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October 29, 2011
C&A President Brian Cowan Speaks & Receives Award at Darden Leadership Roundtable

Brian Cowan, President of Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia, received an award and spoke at at the Darden School of Business Leadership Roundtable weekend in Charlottesville, VA.

Brian, a Darden ’91 Alumnus and a ten-year Class Agent, received an award for his 79% class reunion Annul Fund participation rate. Additionally, Brian moderated a Class Agent Affinity Best Practices Workshop.

 

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October 27, 2011
C&A Signs New Follow On Task Order with Serco to Support CNIC


Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a follow-on Task Order today with SERCO Inc., a Reston, Virginia-based company that provides a broad range of services to federal defense and civilian agencies, as well as state and local governments, and commercial customers throughout North America.
 

C&A will be providing continued Future Requirements Determination (FReD) services in support of Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Strategy & Future Requirements – Resource Management (N55) Branch.


Melinda Parrish, Associate Director for C&A, will be Project Manager for this effort.
 

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October 24, 2011
C&A Signs Subcontract with KPMG to Support Navy FMO FIP Effort

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a subcontract today with KPMG LLC, under a recently awarded task order to support the Navy’s Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Financial Management and Comptroller (FMO), under its Financial Improvement Program (FIP).

Specifically, C&A Associate Director Gary Mizhir will be provide support to Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) to help align their FIP objectives with the new 2010 Financial Improvement Audit Readiness (FIAR) strategy which is focusing on improvement efforts for information most used by DoD management for decision making i.e. budgetary information and information on mission critical assets. In keeping with the FIP strategy, NAVSUP will focus on assertion of the Statement of Budgetary Resources (SBR) for the General Funds (GF) Line of Accounting (LOA).

This subcontract effort will provide support to NAVSUP in all aspects of financial management for the NAVSUP Enterprise SBR Focus Areas.

 

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August 27, 2011
C&A Teams with Darden to Win Strategic Thinking Course for Navy Flag Officers

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government and academia teamed with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Executive Education Program to win a one-week Strategic Thinking course to US Navy Flag Officers as part of the Navy Executive Development Program (NEDP).

The Darden – C&A team will teach the next iteration of the Strategic Thinking course from September 19-23, 2011 in Charlottesville, VA. The overall objective of the Strategic Thinking course is to grow a cadre of Flag Officers and members of the Senior Executive Service who can demonstrate on a continuing basis the ability to think strategically, execute Navy strategy, lead change, and produce more effective and efficient business operations.

A distinctive element of the Darden – C&A academic experience is the case method of instruction where class time is spent discussing cases about actual Navy and commercial strategy issues and potential solutions. Coupled with guest speakers and focused lectures, the Strategic Thinking course offers a unique opportunity for Navy leaders to enhance their strategy toolkit. C&A ‘s Managing Director, Jeff Pottinger will be heading up the C&A team and will be teaching two modules on Command Strategy and Communicating a Command Strategy.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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August 19, 2011
C&A Successfully Conducts First AMP Leadership Training Course at NSCS

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government and academia successfully completed its two-week leadership training course for the Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS), in Newport, RI for their Advanced Management Program (AMP).

Specifically, C&A teamed with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Executive Education Program to help 30 US Navy Officers and Civilians improve on competencies that are of strategic importance to their organizations, by identifying key development areas and then build learning solutions focused on desired outcomes. AMP incorporates workshops, where the Navy students work together in the areas of knowledge, skills and behaviors, and target specific areas of competence with an emphasis on leading edge theory and practice.

Cathy Alexander, Associate Director at Cowan & Associates was project manager for the course, and the next class is currently scheduled for 5-16 December 2011.

For additional information about this course or C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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August 15, 2011
C&A Hires New Chief Financial Officer and Senior Director Chet Burton

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a Chief Financial Officer and Senior Director today, Chet Burton.

Chet will be responsible for all financial and accounting operations at Cowan & Associates as well as handling HR and contract administration functions.

Just prior to joining C&A, Chet was Finance Director and Controller at Western Nevada College, a Nevada State College in Carson City, Nevada. Before WNC, Chet spent nearly 10 years at International Game Technology, a $2B, S&P 500 listed corporation headquartered in Reno, Nevada. IGT is the worldwide leader in the manufacture and placement of gaming devices. While at IGT, Chet served in a variety of positions including Finance Director, Controller and National Field Operations Manager. During his tenure at IGT the company was twice named by Business Week as one of the 50 fastest growing companies in the United States.

Chet had a twenty year career in the US Navy Supply Corps, serving in a variety of highly visible and challenging staff, supply chain management and leadership positions. Highlights included serving as Executive Assistant to the Director, Supply Plans and Policy Division on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, Legislative Liaison Officer, Navy Office of Legislative Affairs and Supply Officer for Naval Air Station, Fallon, home of the Navy “Top Gun” Fighter Weapons Training School. Other leadership positions held while serving in the Navy included operational logistics assignments aboard three ships including the USS OHIO (SSBN-726), USS DIXON (AS-37) and as a member of the commissioning crew of USS LAJOLLA (SSN-701).

Chet received his BA in Marketing from St. Cloud State University, his MBA degree with honors from The University of Virginia's Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business and attended the MIT Seminar XXI Program. Chet is a member of the Acquisition Professional Community (APC).

 

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August 14, 2011
C&A Hires New Associate Director Cherea Smith to Support CNIC

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a new Associate Director today, Cherea Smith.

Cherea is a financial analyst and accounting expert with over 10 years of leadership and project management experience providing accounting and financial expertise to the Military and commercial sector. Cherea most recently worked as a Financial/Project Analyst at KeThink as a member of the Cost Accounting Contracts Team at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). Prior to that, Cherea worked as a Financial Consulting Associate at St. Agnes Healthcare in Baltimore, MD.

Cherea will be supporting Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) as an Analyst for their Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) Budget Office.

Cherea received her BS at Towson University, and is currently working on her Masters in Management at the University of Maryland.

 

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August 1, 2011
C&A Team Wins Strategic Sourcing Contract with NAVSUP

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia teamed with MAC Consulting Inc. (MAC), to win a seven-month strategic sourcing contract with the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Headquarters.

The C&A/MAC team will provide the NAVSUP Strategic Sourcing Program Management Office (SSPMO) with facilitation and analysis support for selected commodities and services. Included in this support will be risk management, commodity profiling, and market analysis efforts using C&A’s Total Cost of Ownership modeling process.

Associate Directors Cathy Alexander, John McKone and Jim Cecil will be Project Managers for this effort.

 

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August 1, 2011
C&A Hires New Associate Director John McCone to Support Strategic Sourcing Effort

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a new Associate Director today, John McKone.

John will be Program/Commodity Manager supporting Naval Supply System Command (NAVSUP) Strategic Sourcing Program Office (SSPO) under a recently awarded contract.

During his twenty-six year career in the US Navy Supply Corps, John served in a variety of challenging supply chain management and leadership positions. He has multiple joint tours providing him keen insight to joint operations and the other Services. At Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) he assisted in procurement management reviews and was key in many electronic commerce/electronic data interchange efforts including what has become the DOD Electronic Mall (eMall). He has lead contingency contracting efforts in support on the war on terrorism in the Horn of Africa and directed eight billion dollars of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) efforts supporting the Department of State. Other leadership positions held while serving in the Navy included operational logistics assignments aboard three ships including the USS JOHN F KENNEDY (CV-67), USS SAN JOSE (AFS-7), and USS CHICAGO (SSN-721).

John received his BS in International Trade from Texas Tech University, a MBS from Naval Postgraduate School and attended The Executive Program at Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. John is a Certified Professional Contracting Manager (CPCM) through National Contracting Management Association (NCMA) and a member of the Acquisition Professional Community (APC).

 

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July 29, 2011
C&A Hires New Associate Director Melinda Parrish to Support CNIC

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a new Associate Director today, Melinda Parrish.

Melinda specializes in providing consulting services to Federal, DoD and Higher Education clients in the areas of proposal writing, communications and executive support. She currently provides senior executive support for the U.S. Department of Navy (DoN) Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Total Force Manpower (N1).

Prior to joining Cowan & Associates, Melinda supported DoN in an assignment as team lead and strategic communications support for the Navy Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Program. As an Ensign in the U.S. Navy, Melinda served in the United States Naval Academy Public Affairs Office (PAO). Melinda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in English and has begun her Master’s program in English at the University of Maryland.

 

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July 25, 2011
C&A Hires New Associate Director Marci Dobal to Support CNIC

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a new Associate Director today, Marci Dobal.

Marci has over 25 years of leadership and program/project management experience providing expertise in Strategic Planning, Organizational Change, Finance and Operations to private industry, non-profits and the Federal government.

Marci currently provides project planning and facilitation support to the Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) N56. She is focused on providing guidance in the development of the Integrated Product Team (IPT) Initiative whose mission is to establish a baseline of service support in 2012 and deliver standardized processes to promote effective and efficient shore support at Navy Installations worldwide.

Most recently, she served as an Executive Consultant to clients who included the President of a major financial services firm, and the CEO of a mobile advertising enterprise. Prior to that, Marci directed the daily operations of two consulting firms, including handling the negotiation, execution, and compliance of twelve federal contracts. Her prior experience also includes tenures with a Big Eight firm as a Consultant and Manager in finance and information systems management (where she conducted the takeover of over 40 financial institutions during the savings and loan crisis) and with a major investment banking firm as an Associate in mergers & acquisitions.

Not new to the Navy, Marci served as the Senior Program Manager for the Entitled Process (EP) System at Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters (NAVSEA 04), with full analytical and delivery responsibility, including the development of business and use cases for all EP conditions. In this capacity she led cross-functional business and information technology teams and developed clear work plans in order to effectively work with staff located throughout the US and overseas; developed processes for coordinating communication among subject matter experts, NAVSEA personnel, software developers and Navy software maintenance teams.

Marci received her BA in Economics from the University of Maryland, and her MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Administration. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

 

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July 25, 2011
C&A Signs Follow On Task Order with Serco to Support CNIC

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a follow-on Task Order today with SERCO Inc., a Reston, Virginia-based company that provides a broad range of services to federal defense and civilian agencies, as well as state and local governments, and commercial customers throughout North America.

C&A will be providing continued Future Requirements Determination (FReD) services in support of Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Strategy & Future Requirements – Resource Management (N55) Branch.

Jim Wimberly, Associate Director for C&A, will be Project Manager for this effort.

 

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May 9, 2011
C&A Signs Follow on Task Order with CTC to Support CNIC

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a follow-on Task Order today with Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) to provide program support to Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Performance Management Branch (N56) for of the Enhanced Enterprise Performance Measures (EPM) task under the Navy Shore Infrastructure Transformation (NSIT) Program.

C&A’s Senior Director, Chad Clay, a former US Navy Surface Warfare Officer and University of Virginia Darden School of Business MBA will be heading up this effort.

 

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May 9, 2011
C&A Hires New Associate Director Michelle Bagood

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a new Associate Director today, Michelle Bagood, to provide Future Requirements Determination (FReD) services in support of Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Strategy & Future Requirements – Resource Management (N55) Branch.

Michelle consults in the areas of Financial and Program Management, Information Technology (IT), Manpower and Training. She is a motivational leader and team builder with over eleven years of progressive leadership and management experience.

As a former US Navy Surface Warfare Officer, Michelle served as Engineering Officer aboard USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD-6), Comptroller at Destroyer Squadron Fifty (DESRON 50), and Littoral Warfare Officer at US Marine Corps Forces Pacific Fleet.

Prior to joining Cowan & Associates, Michelle worked as a Senior Management Analyst at ITT Advanced Engineering & Sciences, where she managed the CNIC Senior Leadership Course and Knowledge Management (KM) site, and Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters Computer Based Training (CBT) training program.

Michelle received her B.A. in Biology from University of California, Berkeley, and M.S. in Global Leadership from University of San Diego. Michelle is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI).

 

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May 6, 2011
C&A Signs Follow On Task Order with Serco to Support CNIC

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a follow-on Task Order today with SERCO Inc., a Reston, Virginia-based company that provides a broad range of services to federal defense and civilian agencies, as well as state and local governments, and commercial customers throughout North America.

C&A will be providing continued Future Requirements Determination (FReD) services in support of Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Strategy & Future Requirements – Resource Management (N55) Branch.

Scott Bethmann, Director for C&A, will be Project Manager for this effort.

 

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May 2, 2011
University of Colorado names Brian Cowan to Board

University of Colorado Boulder recently named alumnus Brian Cowan (Bus ’79) to its Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Brian is a former US Navy Commander, and President of his own 30-person management consulting company, Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and strategic planning to the federal government and academia.

While at CU Boulder, Brian was a member of the Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Unit, and was Battalion Commander his senior year. Brian was also a Resident Advisor (RA) his junior and senior year at Baker Hall and Williams Village, and was a Denver Post Honor Graduate.

 

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April 27, 2011
C&A Hires New Associate Director Jim Wimberly

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a new Associate Director today, Jim Wimberly,

to provide Future Requirements Determination (FReD) services in support of Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Strategy & Future Requirements – Resource Management (N55) Branch.

Jim consults in the areas of Financial and Program Management, Information Technology (IT), and Strategic Planning. He is a motivational leader and team builder with over twenty-five years of progressive leadership and management experience.

As a former US Navy Surface Warfare Officer, Jim served three tours at sea, including Assistant Strike Operations Officer aboard aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64), Ordnance Officer on the USS HALSEY (CG-23), and Operations Officer on the USS CURTS( FFG-38).

His shore tours include Instructor US Navy Fleet Combat Training Center Pacific, Training Officer at the US Navy Surface Warfare Development Group, and Program Analyst at the Chief of Naval Operations Staff (OPNAV N85/N86) in Washington, DC.

Most recently, Jim was Business Operations Manager at Raytheon Corporation where he was Program Manager for the Joint Automated Deep Operations Control System (JADOCS), and a Budget Manager for Delex Systems Inc. on the Tomahawk Weapon Control System.

Jim received his B.S. from Abilene Christian University.

 

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March 25, 2011
Washington Navy Supply Corps School Corp Ball Photos

 

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March 4, 2011
C&A Awarded Contract to Provide Leadership Training to Navy Supply Corps School

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT, management consulting to the federal government and academia was awarded a $1.5M base plus two-year option prime contract #: N68836-11-D-0002 by FISC Jacksonville to provide leadership training to the Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS), Newport, RI for their Advanced Management Program (AMP).

Specifically, C&A has teamed with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Executive Education Program to teach 5-6 courses per year at the NSCS Tench Francis School of Business. AMP is designed to help individual managers improve on competencies that are of strategic importance to their organizations, by identifying key development areas and then build learning solutions focused on desired outcomes. AMP incorporates workshops, where managers from both civilian and military backgrounds work together in the areas of knowledge, skills and behaviors, and target specific areas of competence with an emphasis on leading edge theory and practice.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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February 28, 2011
C&A Signs Task Order with SERCO to Support CNIC

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia was issued a Task Order by SERCO Inc., a Reston, Virginia-based company that provides a broad range of services to federal defense and civilian agencies, as well as state and local governments, and commercial customers throughout North America.

C&A will be providing program support in the Future Requirements Determination (FReD) process, at Commander, Naval Installation Command, Code N55, Strategy and Future Requirements - Resource Management Branch.

Troy Terronez, Associate Director for C&A, will be Project Manager for this effort.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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February 18, 2011
C&A Signs Follow On Subcontract with ITT AES to Provide Performance Management Support to CNIC

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a follow on subcontract with ITT Corporation, Advanced Engineering and Sciences Division, to provide a comprehensive Performance Based Management (PM) System for Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) N56 Performance Management Branch.

C&A will help to establish and maintain a comprehensive measurement system to accommodate a CNIC enterprise requirement for PM, including performing cost management analysis so as to understand unit delivery cost and efficiencies. C&A will conduct customer surveys, collect data, conduct analyses and assist in performance management reviews (PMRs).

C&A’s newly promoted Senior Director, Chad Clay will be leading this effort.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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January 31, 2011
C&A Hires New Associate Director Cathy Seago to Provide Shore Manpower Optimization Support to CNIC N12

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a new Associate Director today, Cathy Seago to provide support to Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC), N12 Shore Manpower Optimization (SMO) Program.

Cathy is an experienced US Navy Information Technology (IT) and Manpower Management expert, where she spent 30 years working at Commander Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) and CNIC.

Cathy will assist CNIC with determining their shore manpower requirements. Specifically, C&A will assist with CNIC Shore Manpower Reviews (SMRs), help to develop efficiencies and improvements of manpower and methods, by performing work measurements methods, procedures, manpower utilization and organizational studies in support of the SMRs.
 

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January 10, 2011
C&A’s Jim Cecil Invited as Panelist at AFCEA West 2011 Conference

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) specializing in Information Technology (IT) and management consulting to the federal government and academia, announced today that C&A Associate Director Jim Cecil will serve as a panelist speaker at the upcoming AFCEA West 2011/DON IT 2011 West Coast Conference to be held in San Diego, CA on January 25 and 26.

As a panel member for the "DoD IT Consolidation Roadmap: What's Ahead with the DoD ESI" session, Cecil will join the DoD ESI co-chairs in highlighting ESI efforts being launched in support of the DoD Chief Information Officer’s IT consolidation and efficiency objectives. Cecil has been a consultant to DoD ESI and ITAM since 2007, providing expertise in IT strategic planning, strategic sourcing, and management best practices. He has over twenty years of experience in strategic planning, capital asset management, program management, and business process automation.

AFCEA West 2011 is one of a series of annual IT conferences organized by the Armed Forces Communications and Engineering Association (AFCEA) to provide forums for DoD and industry to share information about current and emerging strategies and technologies that benefit the DoD mission. Additional information about AFCEA and its conferences is available at the official AFCEA web site, www.AFCEA.org.

In addition to Mr. Cecil’s panel session, C&A will provide DoD ESI conference support at the exhibit and in other panel presentations. The DoD ESI presentation schedule includes:

Software That Goes Bump in the Night Software Licensing Do's and Don'ts: 

Tuesday, 25 January, 8:30 - 10:00 AM
Buying software for your unit or enterprise requires a lot more thought and effort than simply plunking down your government purchase card for the latest version of shrink-wrapped software on the shelf. Hear from experienced software licensing experts who will provide you a "checklist" of things to consider when acquiring software licenses.

How Strategic Sourcing is Driving Benefits and Efficiencies to DON/DOD IT:

Tuesday, 25 January, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
During this session, panelists will review ASN (RDA) and DON CIO IT acquisition improvement initiatives for IT Equipment, Software and Services that have leveraged process improvement programs such as Strategic Sourcing and Lean Six Sigma. These initiatives will help the DON achieve objectives around IT security, asset accountability, socio-economics, and improved acquisition and lifecycle management cost.

Determining Best Value When Buying Commercial Software - Leveraging DoD ESI's New Best Value Tool Kit :

Wednesday, 26 January, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Learn about SaaS, the emerging software deployment model and how it impacts the DoD business, with a focus on best practices in acquisition and cost analysis. This session features the DoD ESI's SaaS toolkit, where the SaaS model is compared with traditional licensing in areas such as pricing, implementation, features and benefits, contractual terms and conditions and general pros and cons of each licensing model.

DoD IT Consolidation Roadmap: What's Ahead with the DoD ESI:

Wednesday, 26 January, 3:15 – 4:15 PM
Hear the latest on the DoD Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI) and Federal wide SmartBUY in establishing enterprise agreements for IT hardware, software, and related services. Additionally, this session will discuss efforts within the DoD to measure success in attributes beyond just asset inventories, institute the business practices that join financial, contractual and inventory functions to support IT life cycle management, and facilitate strategic decision making.

DoD ESI is the Department’s IT strategic sourcing program that has been recognized for achieving over $4 billion in cost avoidance since its inception in 1998, and is cited in policy and regulation as the preferred source for commercial off the shelf (COTS) IT products, where applicable. DoD ITAM operates under the purview of DoD ESI to provide enterprise level visibility into the Department’s commercial IT acquisition and deployment activities. The ESI web site www.esi.mil provides additional information about DoD ESI and ITAM.

 

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January 10, 2011
C&A Wins Task Order to Provide Shore Manpower Optimization Support to CNIC N12

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a task order today with Capstone Corporation. Inc. to provide support to Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC), N12 Shore Manpower Optimization Program.

C&A will assist CNIC with determining their shore manpower requirements. Specifically, C&A will assist with CNIC Shore Manpower Reviews (SMRs), help to develop efficiencies and improvements of manpower and methods, by performing work measurements methods, procedures, manpower utilization and organizational studies in support of the SMRs.

C&A’s Associate Director Nancy Clay, a graduate of the US Naval Academy will be heading up this effort. Nancy is a former Surface Warfare Officer in The United States Navy where she served as the Commercial Activities Team Leader at Naval Station Bremerton, Operations Administration Officer aboard the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72), and Division Officer on the USS PAUL F. FOSTER (DD-964).

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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January 3, 2011
C&A Supporting L2 Think Tank for Social Graph Clinic at GWU on January 20th

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia is teamed with L2 Think Tank, and putting together a Social Graph Clinic on Digital Marketing for George Washington University’s School of Business on 20 January 2011.

This is an interactive one-day, intensive workshop that will examine social media’s platforms and best practices. The curriculum is designed for executives and managers from government and public sector organizations who will benefit from greater proficiency in, and understanding of, social media. Academics and practitioners will lead the group through a series of sessions with a balance of theory and industry case studies.

L2 is a membership organization that brings together thought leadership from academia and industry to drive digital marketing innovation. C&A’s Associate Director, Barbara deButts, a University of Virginia Darden School of Business MBA is heading up this effort with L2.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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January 3, 2011
C&A Promotes Chad Clay to Senior Director

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia, announced today that it is promoting Chad Clay to the position of Senior Director.

Since joining the team in August, 2005 until December 2009, Chad has worked primarily as the project manager in support of the Defense Readiness Reporting System-Navy (DRRS-N) Program at Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Headquarters. Chad currently heads up the support team for the Performance Management Branch (N56) at CNIC, and also acts as C&A’s Program Director at CNIC HQ.

Prior to joining Cowan & Associates, Mr. Clay worked as an International Development Business Consultant on the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Enterprise Development Project (EDP) for Central Asia in 2002 as an MBA Enterprise Corps (MBAEC) Volunteer.

Mr. Clay is proud to have served as a Surface Warfare Officer in The United States Navy from 1995 to 1999. In the Navy, Mr. Clay served as the Ordnance Officer, USS INGRAHAM (FFG-61) based in Everett, Washington and as the First Division Officer, USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) based in Bremerton, Washington.

Mr. Clay graduated from The University of Notre Dame in 1995 where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Concentration in International Peace Studies. Mr. Clay also graduated from The University of Virginia - Darden School of Business Administration in 2002 where he received his Masters in Business Administration.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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2010
 

December 15, 2010
C&A Signs Follow On Task Order with RGS for OPNAV N41 Support

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a follow on Task Order with RGS Associates Inc. to provide analytical support on Navy and transportation logistics issues. C&A’s Associate Director, Cathy Alexander, a retired US Navy Supply Corps Commander, and University of Virginia Darden School of Business MBA will continue to be the lead Program Manager on this effort and will be reporting to the Head, Supply Ordnance & Logistics Operations (OPNAV N41) on the CNO’s Staff in Crystal City, VA.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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December 13, 2010
C&A Signs Follow-On Subcontract with CTC to Provide Support to CNIC NSIT Program

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a follow-on subcontract with Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) to provide program support to Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Performance Management Branch (N56) for of the Enhanced Enterprise Performance Measures (EPM) task under the Navy Shore Infrastructure Transformation (NSIT) Program.

C&A will assist in developing and integrating operational performance management and individual measures for Port Operations, Air Operations, and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation services with other ongoing performance management initiatives at CNIC. Additionally, C&A will help to align CNIC strategic guidance documents and measurement systems with higher-echelon Navy and Department of Defense (DoD) strategic plans, goals and metrics, and will coordinate closely with CNIC’s N52 Strategic Planning Branch and iShore initiative to develop the EPM and framework.

C&A’s Senior Director, Chad Clay, a former US Navy Surface Warfare Officer and University of Virginia Darden School of Business MBA will be heading up this effort.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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November 17, 2010
C&A Wins Task Order to Provide Strategic Planning Support to CNIC N52

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a task order today with Capstone Corporation. Inc. to provide support to Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) N52 Strategic Planning Program.

Specifically, C&A will provide strategic planning development and support with the “Whole Goal” model, to include the development/review of strategic documents, recommend measurement tools, and assist with CNIC Knowledge Management strategy.

C&A’s Managing Director Jeff Pottinger, and Associate Director Jim Snare, both University of Virginia Darden School of Business MBAs will be heading up this effort.

Jeff and Jim are also both former US Navy Supply Corps Officers, with Jeff also being a Certified Balance Scorecard Professional.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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October 13, 2010
C&A Hires New Associate Director Ramon Marin

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a new Associate Director today, Ramon Marin, to provide program support to the Chief of Naval Operations Military Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education, Training & Education Branch (N152) Branch.

Ramon consults in the areas of Financial and Program Management, Information Technology (IT), and Strategic Planning. He is a motivational leader and team builder with over twenty-two years of progressive leadership and management experience.

As a former US Navy Supply Corps Commander, Ramon served in a variety of challenging supply chain, financial, program management, IT, and administrative leadership positions. Operational logistics assignments included three sea tours, including Supply Officer aboard the fast attack submarine USS JEFFERSON CITY (SSN - 759) in San Diego, California; Assistant Supply Officer aboard the USS RANIER (AOE-7) in Bremerton, Washington; and culminating in his assignment as Supply Officer aboard the USS COWPENS (CG-63) in Yokosuka, Japan, where he managed the entire logistics business for an Aegis Cruiser, a 50 person Department across five Divisions during a six month deployment to the Persian Gulf.

Ashore, Ramon’s operational tours included: Planning and Material Officer at the Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity in Ingleside, Texas; and most recently, Ramon was Deputy Director of IT Logistics for a team of 370 staff and $48M annual budget at Navy Supply Information Systems Activity (NAVSISA), the Navy’s premier IT Central Design Agency (CDA) which designs, develops and maintains Automated Information Systems (AISs) for Navy and DoD logistics, procurement, and financial applications.

Ramon received his BS in Political Science from the US Naval Academy, and a Masters in Information Technology Management from the Naval Postgraduate School. Ramon is DAWIA Level III certified for Information Technology, a member of DoD’s Acquisition Professional Corps (APC), and a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Green Belt.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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October 1, 2010
C&A Awarded Contract to Provide CPI Support to DASN M&B

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia was awarded a Navy SeaPort-e Task Order by FISC Norfolk det Philadelphia to provide support to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Management & Budget) (DASN (M&B) for Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) efforts across the Secretariat.

Specifically, C&A will assist the government with program planning and execution, training, facilitation of events and integration functions or activities as necessary to successfully implement and institutionalize CPI into the DoN.

C&A’s Associate Director, Baker Turner a University of Virginia Darden School of Business MBA and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Villanova University will be leading this effort.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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August 26, 2010
C&A Hires New Associate Director Troy Terronez

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a new Associate Director today, Troy Terronez, to provide Future Requirements Determination (FReD) services in support of Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Strategy & Future Requirements – Resource Management (N55) Branch.

Troy consults in the areas of Financial and Program Management, Information Technology (IT), and Strategic Planning. He is a motivational leader and team builder with over twenty-two years of progressive leadership and management experience.

As a former US Navy Supply Corps Commander Troy served three tours at sea, including Supply Officer aboard the fleet ballistic missile submarine USS LAFAYETTE (SSBN- 616) in Holy Loch Scotland; Stock Control Officer aboard the USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) in Bremerton, Washington; and culminated in his assignment as Supply Officer aboard the USS VICKSBURG (CG-69) in Jacksonville, Florida, where he managed the entire logistics business for an Aegis Cruiser, a 50 person Department across five Divisions during a six month deployment to the Persian Gulf.

Ashore, Troy’s operational tours included: Logistics Manager for the SeaWolf Submarine Program at Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters (NAVSEA) in Washington, DC; and Comptroller at Naval Support Activity and at Commander Navy Region Europe, both in Naples, Italy.

Most recently, Troy was Executive Officer for a team of 19 officers, 800 employees and $90M annual budget at Navy Supply Information Systems Activity (NAVSISA), the Navy’s premier IT Central Design Agency (CDA) which designs, develops and maintains Automated Information Systems (AISs) for Navy and DoD logistics, procurement and financial applications.

Troy received his B.S. in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University and a Masters in Information Technology Management from the Naval Postgraduate School.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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August 3, 2010
LCE Extends Contract with C&A for CNIC Support

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia received an extension through February 2011 on their subcontract with Life Cycle Engineering, Inc. to provide Future Requirements Determination (FReD) services in support of Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Strategy & Future Requirements – Resource Management (N55) Branch.

C&A will continue to provide program management and analytical support to CNIC Headquarters and regional staff in developing Program Objective Memorandum 2012 (POM-12) requirements and supporting documentation input to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) N46. Additionally C&A will establish and maintain comprehensive Common Output Level (COL) /Capability Performance Level (CPL) definitions, performance metrics, and program models; coordinate and integrate N-Codes program requirements; and produce capability plans to the CNIC enterprise in their defense of their requirements. C&A’s Associate Director, Bob Miller, a former US Navy Supply Corps Commander will continue to lead this effort.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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July 16, 2010
C&A Wins Contract to Provide Air Ops CBT Training to NRSE

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia was awarded a contract today by Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) Jacksonville to create and deliver an Air Operations Competency Based Training (CBT) Course to support Navy Region Southeast (NRSE).

C&A’s Director, Scott Bethmann will be heading up this effort out of the C&A office in Jacksonville. Scott is a financial, operations and aviation logistics expert with over 30 years of leadership and project management experience providing supply chain and training expertise to the Military and commercial sector.

As a former US Navy Supply Corps Captain, Scott’s previous naval service assignments included Chief of Staff to Director, Defense Logistics Agency Headquarters, Comptroller Naval Inventory Control Point (NAVICP) and Executive Officer, Naval Supply Corps School. His sea duty assignments included Supply Officer aboard the USS JOHN F KENNEDY (CV-67) and USS BRADLEY (FF-1041), and Stock Control Officer aboard USS MIDWAY (CV-41). Most recently, Scott was Director of PRTM’s Risk Management Advisory Services.

C&A will be teamed with Global Learning Services, LLC a Washington, DC-based VOSB that develops and provides training and communication strategies with the latest tools, technologies, and learning strategies such as video-based simulations, scenario-based activities, and blended learning solutions utilizing a combination of self-paced web-based training, CBT, live Webinars, traditional or virtual classroom delivery, and collaborative tools.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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April 12, 2010
C&A Signs Subcontract with RGS for OPNAV N41 Support

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a subcontract agreement with RGS Associates Inc. to provide analytical support on Navy and transportation logistics issues. C&A’s Associate Director, Cathy Alexander, a retired US Navy Supply Corps Commander, will be the lead Program Manager on this effort and will be reporting to the Head, Supply Ordnance & Logistics Operations (OPNAV N41) on the CNO’s Staff in Crystal City, VA.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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March 12, 2010
C&A Wins Task Order to Provide Air Ops Support to CNIC N32

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a task order today with Capstone Corporation. Inc. to provide support to Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) N32 Air Operations Program.

C&A’s Associate Director, Carl Bright will be heading up this effort. Carl is a financial, operations and aviation logistics expert with over 29 years of leadership and project management experience providing supply chain and training expertise to the Military and commercial sector.

As a former US Navy Supply Corps Captain, Carl’s previous naval service included Washington, DC Office in Charge (OIC) for Navy Supply Systems Commander (NAVSUP), Deputy Commander Aviation for the Naval Inventory Control Point (NAVICP), and Commanding Officer of the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC), Puget Sound. His sea duty assignments included Supply Officer aboard the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) and USS THOMAS A EDISON (SSBN-610), and Assistant Supply Officer aboard USS TARAWA (LHA-1).

Most recently, Carl was Director of KPMG’s Risk Management Advisory Services.

Carl received his BS in Business Administration from the Alcorn State University and Master’s Degree in Acquisition Management from the US Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, CA.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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February 26, 2010
C&A to Perform Marketing Study for Your Dog’s Best Friends

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia is performing a marketing and best practices study for Your Dog’s Best Friends (YDBF), an Alexandria, Virginia-based dog day care business.

Barbara deButts, a University of Virginia Darden School of Business MBA with expertise in marketing and communications, is performing the marking study for YDBF, which will analyze their current customer base, as well perform a competitive and market analysis.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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February 5, 2010
C&A Wins Task Order to Provide Admin Support to CNIC N00

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a task order today with Capstone Corporation. Inc. to provide support to Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) N00H Command and Staff Program.

C&A’s Associate Director, John Friedlander will be heading up this effort. John is an expert in IT, training, personnel and financial management, administration and training. Previously John was as a consultant with CACI Enterprise Solutions, Inc. as a Program Manager for the Chief of Naval Personnel (OPNAV N16) staff where he built a business case for future pay and personnel.

As a Captain US Navy Reserves, John served in a variety of IT and personnel assignments, including Requirements Analyst aboard the Chief of Navy Personnel Staff where he served on the Total Force Career Tools Configuration Management Control Board. At the Navy Personnel Command, John served as a Program Analyst where he developed the Functional Requirements Document for the Human Resources transformation effort.

While on active duty, John’s operational assignments included Auxiliaries Officer aboard USS GUADALCANAL (LPH-7), and Electronics Material Officer aboard USS RICHARD E BYRD (DDG-23). His shore assignments included Instructor at Officer Candidate School (OCS), and Deputy Director for Training at Naval Education and Training Command (NETC).

John received his BA in Government from Cornell University, and a Masters in Education from University of Rhode Island.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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February 5, 2010
C&A Signs Subcontract with CTC to Provide Support to CNIC NSIT Program

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a subcontract with Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) to provide program support to Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Performance Management Branch (N56) for of the Enhanced Enterprise Performance Measures task under the Navy Shore Infrastructure Transformation (NSIT) Program.

C&A will assist in developing and integrating operational performance management and individual measures for Port Operations, Air Operations, and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation services with other ongoing performance management initiatives at CNIC. Additionally, C&A will help to align CNIC strategic guidance documents and measurement systems with higher-echelon Navy and Department of Defense (DoD) strategic plans, goals and metrics, and will coordinate closely with CNIC’s N52 Strategic Planning Branch, N56 Performance Management Branch and iShore initiative to develop the enterprise performance measures and framework.

C&A’s Senior Director, Jeff Pottinger and Associate Director Jim Snare will be heading up this effort.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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January 28, 2010
C&A Awarded Contract to Provide Support to NAVSUP on Year of Supply Exhibit at US Navy Memorial

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia was awarded a Navy SeaPort-e Task Order by FISC Norfolk det Philadelphia to provide support to Commander Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Headquarters, Office of Corporate Communications (SUP OCC), on their “Year of Supply” Exhibit at the US Navy Memorial in Washington, DC.

The “Year of Navy Supply” will kick off in April 2010 in conjunction with the annual “Blessing of the Fleet” ceremony at the US Navy Memorial. The exhibit will highlight the importance of supply throughout history, along with having interactive items and elements to show how supply supports today’s warfighter. Events highlighting Navy Supply will be held throughout the year as well.


C&A will provide strategic consultation and pre-production planning, produce and install the exhibit, and provide maintenance through April 2011. C&A’s Director, Jim Naber will be leading this effort, and will partner with Qnexis, Inc., a Herndon, VA-based strategic marketing communications and information systems consultancy to produce and install this exhibit.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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January 25, 2010
C&A Signs Subcontract with Target Systems, Inc. to Provide Strategy Support to NAVSUP

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a subcontract with Target Systems, Inc. , to provide strategic program support to Commander Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Headquarters, Distribution Strategy Team, within Fleet Logistics Operations (SUP 04).

C&A will provide technical writing support on the strategy doctrine on Naval Global Logistics Support, which focuses on alignment efforts with the operational theaters and identification of demand signals from major stakeholders and joint partners around the world. The NAVSUP vision for the Global Logistics Support Strategy is to provide support to naval and joint warfighters through a global logistics network that seamlessly integrates the afloat and shore infrastructure.

C&A’s Senior Director, Jeff Pottinger will be leading this effort.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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January 21, 2010
C&A Signs Subcontract with CACI Enterprise Solutions, Inc. to Provide Support to CNIC BRAC Budget Office

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a subcontract with CACI Enterprise Solutions, Inc. to provide program support to Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Budget Office (N8).

C&A will provide technical expertise necessary to assess the integrity and accuracy of official financial records, resolve anomalies, and provide a full range of analytical services to all levels of financial, program and administrative managers. This includes budget execution, formulation and fiscal analysis. C&A’s Associate Director, Maranda Brown will be heading up this effort.

 

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January 20, 2010
C&A Signs Subcontract with Life Cycle Engineering Inc. to Provide Support to CNIC Strategy & Future Requirements Branch

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a subcontract with Life Cycle Engineering, Inc. to provide Future Requirements Determination (FReD) services in support of Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Strategy & Future Requirements – Resource Management (N55) Branch.

C&A will provide program management and analytical support to CNIC Headquarters and regional staff in developing Program Objective Memorandum 2012 (POM-12) requirements and supporting documentation input to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) N46. Additionally, C&A will establish and maintain a comprehensive Common Output Level (COL) /Capability Performance Level (CPL) definitions, performance metrics, and program models; coordinating and integrating N-Codes program requirements; and producing capability plans to the CNIC enterprise in their defense of their requirements. C&A’s Associate Director, Bob Miller will be heading this effort.

 

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January 13, 2010
C&A Signs Subcontract with ITT AES to Provide Support to CNIC Performance Management Team

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a subcontract with ITT Corporation, Advanced Engineering and Sciences Division, to provide a comprehensive Performance Based Management (PM) System for Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) N56 Performance Management branch.

C&A will help to establish and maintain a comprehensive measurement system to accommodate a CNIC enterprise requirement for PM, including performing cost management analysis so as to understand unit delivery cost and efficiencies. C&A will conduct customer surveys, collect data, conduct analyses and assist in performance management reviews (PMRs).

C&A’s newly promoted Director, Chad Clay will be leading this effort.

 

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January 4, 2010
C&A Promotes Chad Clay to Director

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia announced today that it is promoting Chad Clay to the position of Director.

Since joining the team in August, 2005 until December 2009, Chad has worked primarily as the project manager in support of the Defense Readiness Reporting System-Navy (DRRS-N) Program at Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Headquarters. Chad currently heads up the support team for the Performance Management Branch (N56) at CNIC, and also acts as C&A’s Program Director at CNIC HQ.

Prior to joining Cowan & Associates, Mr. Clay worked as an International Development Business Consultant on the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Enterprise Development Project (EDP) for Central Asia in 2002 as an MBA Enterprise Corps (MBAEC) Volunteer.

Mr. Clay is proud to have served as a Surface Warfare Officer in The United States Navy from 1995 to 1999. In the Navy, Mr. Clay served as the Ordnance Officer, USS INGRAHAM (FFG-61) based in Everett, Washington and as the First Division Officer, USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) based in Bremerton, Washington.

Mr. Clay graduated from The University of Notre Dame in 1995 where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Concentration in International Peace Studies. Mr. Clay also graduated from The University of Virginia - Darden School of Business Administration in 2002 where he received his Masters in Business Administration.

 

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2009
 

December 10, 2009
C&A Signs Subcontract with Capstone Corp. to Provide Support to CNIC

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a subcontract today with Capstone Corporation. Inc. to provide Program Support to Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Command, Control, Communications & Protection (C3P) Ashore (N36), and Total Force Manpower Strategy & Plans (N14)Branches.

C&A Directors Scott Bethmann and Loren Heckelman will provide program management and analytical support to CNIC Headquarters and regional staff in writing and developing the C3P Ashore Strategic Plan, and C3 Operations Training.

Additionally, C&A will provide support for the CNIC Transient Personnel Unit (TPU) Operations and Shore Corrections Programs. C&A’s Associate Directors, Cathy Alexander and Dave Riley will heading up these efforts.
 

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November 16, 2009
C&A Hires New Associate Director, John Friedlander


Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a new Associate Director today, John Friedlander, as part of its Arlington, Virginia team.

John is an expert in IT, training, personnel and financial management, administration and training. John currently provides senior level strategic, program management and administrative support to Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Command and Staff Office (N00H). Previously John was as a consultant with CACI Enterprise Solutions, Inc. as a Program Manager for the Chief of Naval Personnel (OPNAV N16) staff where he built a business case for future pay and personnel.

As a Captain US Navy Reserves, John served in a variety of IT and personnel assignments, including Requirements Analyst aboard the Chief of Navy Personnel Staff where he served on the Total Force Career Tools Configuration Management Control Board. At the Navy Personnel Command, John served as a Program Analyst where he developed the Functional Requirements Document for the Human Resources transformation effort.

While on active duty, John’s operational assignments included Auxiliaries Officer aboard USS GUADALCANAL (LPH-7), and Electronics Material Officer aboard USS RICHARD E BYRD (DDG-23). His shore assignments included Instructor at Officer Candidate School (OCS), and Deputy Director for Training at Naval Education and Training Command (NETC).

John received his BA in Government from Cornell University, and a Masters in Education from University of Rhode Island, and Masters in Public Education from Troy State University.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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August 12, 2009
C&A Makes Inc 500 Fastest Growing Company List

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia has earned the position of 304 on the 2009 Inc. 500 annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

Since debuting in 1991 with 100 of the fastest-growing private US companies, the Inc 500 list has served as evidence of the significant accomplishments of entrepreneurial companies.

C&A achieved a three-year revenue growth of 781% and was ranked as #34 in the country among Government Services companies, and #30 in overall growth in the Washington, DC area.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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July 17, 2009
C&A Acquires New Office, Set to Expand

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia acquired a new property today at 2306 S. Eads Street in Crystal City, Virginia. This lot is adjacent to its current location at 2316 S. Eads Street. The building and property will be used as additional office, conference room and classroom space by C&A and its clients as it continues to grow. C&A expects renovations to be complete within 6 months. In addition, the lot will provide supplemental parking for C&A employees and its visitors.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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July 17, 2009
C&A Hires New Director, Loren Heckelman

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a new Director today, Loren Heckelman, to head up its operations in the Norfolk, Virginia office.

Loren is an expert in process engineering, resource management, workflow analysis, and administrative services and training with over 29 years of experience in logistics, budget management, leadership and operations.

As a former US Navy Supply Corps Captain Loren served three tours at sea, including Supply Officer on the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72). In this capacity he managed the ship’s entire logistics business, its 80 plane Air Wing and 12 other ships and submarines of the battle group during a six month deployment to the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf.

Ashore, Loren’s tours included Comptroller of US Fleet Forces Command where he directed budget formulation, execution, and accounting for over $40 billion in operating funds with a staff of 95 financial management professionals. He also served as Commanding Officer of the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Norfolk where he directed the Department of Defense’s largest logistics support center with an operating budget of $1.04 billion and a staff of 1700.

Most recently, Loren worked as a Senior Program Manager at the American Funds Service Company where he established a company-wide record retention strategy and managed a pilot program transitioning the company from paper communications to electronic systems.

Loren received his B.S. in Business Administration from Miami University and his MBA from the University of Michigan.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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July 7, 2009
C&A Hires New Associate Director Dave Riley

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a new Associate Director today, David Riley, as part of its Arlington, Virginia office.

Dave is an expert in process engineering, resource management, and training with experience in logistics, leadership and operations.

As a former US Navy Aviator, Dave served in a variety of operational aviation billets including flight and instructor duty at Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 121 (VAW 121) where he flew the E-2C Hawkeye, and managed the safety training of 30 peer and senior squadron aviators.

Ashore, Dave served as an Instructor Pilot and Naval Aviation Production Process Action Officer at Training Wing One where he managed an operations efficiency analysis for the Naval Aviator Training process that included over 1,000 student pilots assigned at 12 locations nationwide.

His most recent assignment was at Commander U.S. Fifth Fleet in Bahrain where he served as Force Protection Action Officer. There he developed and implemented fleet-wide policy responsible for the operational security for over 10,000 personnel and all U.S. Navy assets in the Central Asia, Middle East, and Horn of Africa regions.

David received his BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado, and is a graduate of the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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May 4, 2009
C&A Hires New Associate Director, Melody Twigg


C&A recently hired Melody Twigg as the Associate Director of Administration and Contracts. In this role she will assist the firm in a variety of capacities including human resource management, contract drafting and review, and client billing and invoicing. Melody brings more than 10 years of project management and legal experience to the firm. A graduate of the University of Virginia’s School of Law, Melody has assisted Fortune 100 clients with international tax planning and compliance, corporate governance strategies and management consulting. As a trusted adviser Melody worked with international teams of consultants and client counsel to create solutions for multinational firms operating in challenging business environments. Her work with Big Four accounting firms included posts in Washington, DC, Charlotte, North Carolina, New York City, and London, UK.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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March 24, 2009
C&A Signs Subcontract with CACI to Provide Support to NAVSUP 2040 Strategic Vision Team

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a subcontract with CACI Federal Inc. to provide program support to Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) and its Supply Corps 2040 Strategic Vision Study Team.

This position works with a cross-functional team of military and civilian analysts with the objective of developing a 30-year strategic vision for employment and career development of the US Navy Supply Corps Officers.

C&A’s Director of Mechanicsburg Operations, Jim Naber, a retired Navy Supply Corps Captain will be leading this effort.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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March 2, 2009
C&A Hires New Associate Director JD Ralston to Support CNIC N3

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a new Associate Director today, JD Ralston.

JD is an expert in air operations & programs, transportation and maintenance, with over 22 years of leadership and project management experience providing aviation leadership and expertise to the Military and commercial sector.

As a former US Navy Commander and Naval Flight Officer (NFO), JD’s previous naval service included operations tours as Maintenance Officer at Patrol Squadron 66, Operations Officer at Patrol Squadron 94, and Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of Patrol Squadron 62, where he led and managed a team of 320 personnel, 9 aircraft, and won the Battle Efficiency Award (Battle “E”) in CY2005.

Ashore, JD’s tours included Director of Training and Flight Instructor for the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center where he led a staff of 26 in curriculum development and training for 48 courses and 875 students, and also completed the Navy Master Training Specialist certification.

Most recently, JD was the Navy Liaison Officer at Headquarters, Air Mobility Command (AMC) at Scott Air Force Base, IL. There he directed and managed the overall operations of 13 Navy-operated AMC terminals with a combined annual budget of $56M and oversight for the Transportation Working Capital Fund (TWCF), where he continues to work today.

JD received his BS in General Science from the United States Naval Academy, a Masters in Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and has a Lean Six Sigma certification from St. Louis University.

 

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February 23, 2009
C&A Hires New Director Jim Naber to Head Mechanicsburg Office

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a new Director today, Jim Naber.

Jim is an acquisition and logistics expert with over 28 years of leadership and project management experience providing supply chain and training expertise to the Military and commercial sector.

As a former US Navy Supply Corps Captain, Jim’s previous naval service included Executive Officer for Navy Supply Information Systems Activity (NAVSISA), Director, Nuclear Reactor Logistics Support Department for the Naval Inventory Control Point (NAVICP), and Director, Customer Support Department at the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC), Jacksonville. His sea duty assignments included Supply Officer aboard the USS WASP (LHD-1), USS MONTEREY (CG-61) and USS WHALE (SSN-638), and Assistant Supply Officer aboard USS PROTEUS (AS-19).

Most recently, Jim was Commander of the Defense Distribution Depot Susquehanna, PA (DDC) where he led a team of 2700 civilians and 20 officers in receipt, storage, issue and distribution of 800,000 line items worth $9.4B to worldwide warfighting customers, with $10.4B in sales.

Jim will head up C&A’s newly opened office in Mechanicsburg, PA which will serve its clients at NAVSUP, NAVSISA, NAVICP and DDC.

Jim received his BA in International Relations from Swarthmore College, Master’s Degree in Inventory and Logistics Management from the US Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, CA, and Masters in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.
 

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2008
 

November 28, 2008
C&A Hires New Associate Director Carl Bright to Support CNIC N3

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a new Associate Director today, Carl Bright.

Carl is a financial, operations and logistics expert with over 28 years of leadership and project management experience providing supply chain and training expertise to the Military and commercial sector.

As a former US Navy Supply Corps Captain, Carl’s previous naval service included Washington, DC Office in Charge (OIC) for Navy Supply Systems Commander (NAVSUP), Deputy Commander Aviation for the Naval Inventory Control Point (NAVICP), and Commanding Officer of the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC), Puget Sound. His sea duty assignments included Supply Officer aboard the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) and USS THOMAS A EDISON (SSBN-610), and Assistant Supply Officer aboard USS TARAWA (LHA-1).

Most recently, Carl was Director of KPMG’s Risk Management Advisory Services

Carl is currently providing aviation operations, financial management, budget and strategic planning support for the US Navy at the Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Headquarters N3 Staff in Washington, DC.

Carl received his BS in Business Administration from the Alcorn State University and Master’s Degree in Acquisition Management from the US Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, CA.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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November 20, 2008
C&A Completes Case Study on Coast Guard Innovation for Navy Postgraduate School (NPS)

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia completed a business case focusing on the creation, implementation, and on-going activities of the USCG Innovation Council. Jeff Pottinger, a former US Navy Supply Corps Captain with over thirty years logistics, strategy, academic/instruction experience, headed up this study on behalf of the Navy Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA. Mr. Pottinger interviewed the US Coast Guard Commandant, Admiral Thad Allen as part of this study, and a summary is provided here:

iCommandant: Naval Post Graduate School initiates case study of Coast Guard Innovation

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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October 22, 2008
C&A Signs Subcontract with Battelle to Provide Program Support to CNIC

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a one-year subcontract with Battelle Memorial Insitute to provide program support on Operating Forces POM development, budget/execution data, financial performance metrics development and related operations mission areas. C&A’s recently hired Associate Director, Bob Miller, a former US Navy Supply Corps Commander with over twenty-eight years financial and accounting experience, will be the lead Program Manager on this effort and report to the Commander, Navy Installations Commander (CNIC) Code-N3 Operating Forces Support Division in Washington, DC. For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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October 15, 2008
C&A Hires New Associate Director Bob Miller to Support CNIC N3

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a new Associate Director today, Bob Miller.

Bob is a financial, operations and logistics expert with over 28 years of leadership and project management experience providing supply chain and training expertise to the Military and commercial sector. As a former US Navy Supply Corps Commander, Bob’s previous naval service included as Deputy Force Supply Officer at COMNAVSURFLANT, Program Officer at Chief of Naval Operations Staff (N80 & N41), Requirements Officer at Navy Petroleum Office, and Assistant Supply Officer aboard the USS CANISTEO (AO-99) and USS BREMERTON (SSN-698).

Bob is currently providing financial management, budget, operations and strategic planning support for the US Navy at the Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Headquarters N3 Staff in Washington, DC.

Bob received his BS in Accounting from the Indiana University and Master’s Degree in Financial Management from the US Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, CA.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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October 1, 2008
C&A Hires New Associate Directors Gary & Laura Mizhir to Support CNIC

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired two new Associate Directors today, Gary & Laura Mizhir.

A husband and wife team, Gary and Laura are both former US Navy Supply Corps Officers who most recently served on active duty in the San Diego, CA area and are analysts with over 10 years of leadership and project management experience providing supply chain and financial expertise.

Laura’s last active duty assignment was as Officer In Charge (OIC), Navy Priority Material Office (PMO) Detachment San Diego. She also served as Executive Assistant (EA) and Chief of Staff, for Commander, Naval Surface Forces a three-star Fleet Admiral. Her operational logistics assignments include duty as the Assistant Supply Officer onboard the US Navy Amphibious Ship USS ASHLAND (LSD-48).

Gary’s operational logistics assignments include duty as the Wardroom and Aviation Stores Officer onboard the US Navy Aircraft carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73); Individual Augmentation (IA) assignment as Supply Officer aboard USNS STOCKHAM (T-AK-3017); and his most recent assignment was as Afloat Services Officer at Commander Naval Air Forces Staff San Diego, California,

Gary & Laura both currently support Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Headquarters -- Laura as an Analyst for their Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) Budget Office, and Gary as a Project Manager for the Defense Readiness Reporting System – Navy (DRRS-N) Program.

Laura received her BS in Psychology Suma Cum Laude and MBA w/honors, both from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Gary received his BS in Business Management Information Systems from Seton Hall University.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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September 24, 2008
C&A Awarded BPA to Provide National Guard Support Services

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia was selected as one of the five offerors for award of multiple-award Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) W9133L-08-A-0003, W9133L-08-A-0005, W9133L-08-A-0006, W9133L-08-A-0007, W9133L-08-A-0008 for National Guard Education Support Services, pursuant to the GSA rules of FAR 8.4 and Solicitation W9133L-08-R-2017. The National Guard has decided to award a BPA to the following companies:

1. W9133L-08-A-0003, MPSC, 6066 Leesburg Pike, Suite 900, Falls Church, VA 22041

2. W9133L-08-A-0005, IIF Data Solutions, 5885 Trinity Pkwy, Suite 120, Centreville, VA 20120

3. W9133L-08-A-0006, Cowan & Associates, 2316 South Eads Street, Arlington, VA 22202

4. W9133L-08-A-0007, SERDI-LLC, 9009 Goshen Valley Dr., Gaithersburg, MD 20882

5. W9133L-08-A-0008, AMBIT, 1895 Preston White Dr. Suite 220, Reston, VA 20191

The total program ceiling amount of all 5 BPAs combined shall not exceed $200M.

Furthermore, the Government has selected C&A for award of the first BPA Call #01, W9133L-08-F-0284, at the obligated amount of $897, 954.00

C&A is teamed with SBG Technology Solutions Inc. an 8(a) Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business based in Stafford, VA to provide these Education Support Services. For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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August 11, 2008
C&A Hires New Associate Director Dawn Burton to Provide DRRS-N Support to CNIC

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and Department of Defense (DoD) today hired a new Associate Director, Dawn Burton. Dawn has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the University of California San Diego, is a former US Naval Surface Warfare Officer who served aboard the USS Antietam CG-54 and USS O'Brien DD-975 in Yokosuka, Japan. Most recently, Dawn was the Business Performance and Resource Manager for the Commander Navy Region Europe in Naples, Italy.

Dawn will be a Project Manager for the Business Management Office (N-5), Commander Naval Installations Command (CNIC) in Washington, DC, and assigned to CNIC’s Southwest Region in San Diego, CA to provide support on the Defense Readiness Reporting Systems-Navy (DRRS-N) Program.


C&A President Brian Cowan stated “I am delighted that Dawn will join our team of four experienced US Navy Veterans providing readiness and DRRS-N program support to CNIC. This is one of our strongest and growing capabilities at C&A, and we look forward to working together with the CNIC/DRRS-N Team to help improve readiness analysis and reporting for the warfighter.”


For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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July 21, 2008
C&A Hires New Director Scott Bethmann to Support CNIC IG

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a new Director today, Scott Bethmann.

Scott is a financial, operations and logistics expert with over 28 years of leadership and project management experience providing supply chain and training expertise to the Military and commercial sector. As a former US Navy Supply Corps Captain, Scott’s previous naval service included as Executive Officer at Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Headquarters, Comptroller at Naval Inventory Control Point, Supply Officer aboard the USS JOHN F KENNEDY (CV-67), and Academic Director at the Naval Supply Corps School.

Scott most recently provided consulting and program management services to PRTM, a Washington, DC-based management consulting business, and their DoD clients throughout the US.

Scott is currently providing program and strategic support for the US Navy at the Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Inspector General (IG) Staff in Washington, DC.

Scott received his BS in Resources Management from the US Naval Academy and Master’s Degree in Financial Management from the US Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, CA.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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July 1, 2008
C&A Hires New Associate Director Linda Greenwade

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia today hired a new Associate Director, Linda Greenwade. Linda is an Information Technology Strategic Sourcing Specialist with a professional certification in Systems Engineering, and a former career DoD civil servant who spent over thirty years supporting the US Navy in various capacities including the Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center (SSC) in San Diego, CA where she was Branch Head for the Navy’s IT Umbrella Program, and Software Product Manager (SPM) for the Department of the Navy on the DoD Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI). ESI is a successful program that optimizes the acquisition of IT software and services within DoD, and has achieved $2B in cost avoidance during the five year timeframe that C&A has supported this initiative.

Linda is currently assigned as off-site program support for the ESI Team, reporting to the Department of Navy Chief Information Office (DoN CIO).

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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June 23, 2008
C&A Hires New Associate Director Baker Turner to Support OPNAV N127

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a new Associate Director today, Baker Turner.

Baker is an operations, training and logistics expert with over 8 years of leadership and project management experience providing supply chain and training expertise to the Military and commercial sector. Baker’s previous service included as a US Navy Supply Corps Officer aboard the USS LA SALLE, Instructor at the Naval Supply Corps School, and Division Officer for the Iraq Military Transition Teams (MiTTs), Regional Support Unit Kirkush where he provided logistics support to the Iraqi Army 4th and 5th Infantry Divisions. Baker is currently providing training and analytical support for the US Navy at the Chief of Naval Operations Staff, OPNAV N127 Training Program Office.

Baker received his BS from the McIntire School of Commerce and MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business, both at the University of Virginia; and his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Villanova University.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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June 20, 2008
C&A Signs Subcontract with GDIT to Provide Program Support to Navy Postgraduate School (NPS)

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a subcontract with General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) to develop a business case focusing on the creation, implementation, and on-going activities of the USCG Innovation Council. Jeff Pottinger, a former US Navy Supply Corps Captain with over thirty years logistics, strategy, academic/instruction experience, will be the lead Program Manager on this effort and report to the Navy Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA. For additional information about C&A please go to:

http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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June 2, 2008
Aquinas Institute Names Brian Cowan to Board

Aquinas Institute High School of Rochester, NY recently named alumnus Brian Cowan (’75) to its Foundation Board of Directors.

Brian is a former US Navy Commander, and President of his own 25-person management consulting company, Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and strategic planning to the federal government and academia

C&A recently completed a best practices study for Aquinas to identify work, membership, roles, resources, structures and governance rules for Boards similar to Aquinas’.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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May 27, 2008
C&A Hires New Associate Director Maranda Brown to Support CNIC

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a new Associate Director today, Maranda Brown.

Maranda is a financial analyst and accounting expert with over 10 years of leadership and project management experience providing supply chain and financial expertise to the Military and commercial sector. Maranda’s previous service as a United States Marine Corps (USMC) Supply Officer at Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38 at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar provided her with significant experience in financial management, which she currently leverages to support Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) as an Analyst for their Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) Budget Office.

Maranda received her BS in Accounting from Oklahoma State University where she was a student athlete and competed in track & field.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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May 9, 2008
C&A Signs Subcontract with Booz Allen Hamilton to Provide Program Support to SPAWAR

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a one-year subcontract with Booz Allen Hamilton to provide program support on IT Policy Development Implementation and related mission areas. C&A’s recently hired Associate Director, Mary Ann Engelbert, a former Navy Civil Servant with over thirty years IT experience and Clinger Cohen Act expert, will be the lead Program Manager on this effort and report to the Space and Naval Warfare Command (SPAWAR) Code 08 in San Diego, CA. For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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March 3, 2008
C&A Hires New Associate Director Bruce Whiteman

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a new Associate Director today, Bruce Whiteman.

Bruce is a software engineer and IT Strategic Sourcing expert, and a former career DoD civil servant who spent over thirty years supporting the US Navy in various capacities including the Naval Air Development Center, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, and most recently at the Naval Air Warfare Center Patuxtent River, MD where he was Branch Head for the Air Platform Development & Integration Laboratories and Tools Division.

Bruce’s other notable projects include Platform Engineering Manager for the P-3 and S-3 aircraft laboratories, software team lead for the Carrier-based Anti-Submarine Module, and Project Management Office for the AEGIS Combat System Interface.

Bruce is currently assigned as on-site program support for the Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI) Team at the Department of Navy Chief Information Office (DoN CIO), Arlington, VA. ESI is a successful program that optimizes the acquisition of IT software and services within DoD, and has achieved $2B in cost avoidance during the five year timeframe that C&A has supported this initiative. Additional information on the ESI project can be found at http://www.esi.mil.

Bruce earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University, is a DAWIA Level III in Systems Planning, Research Development and Engineering.

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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January 25, 2008
C&A Associate Directors Invited as Panelists at Upcoming AFCEA West Conference


Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia announced today that Associate Directors, Rex Bolton and Jim Cecil have been invited as panelist speakers at the upcoming AFCEA West 2008 Conference in San Diego, CA 3 - 5 February 2008.

A 30+ year career DoD Information Technology Specialist, Rex has continued to provide his IT Strategic Sourcing expertise to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and Department of Navy (DoN) Chief Information Offices (CIOs) in the areas of IT Enterprise Strategy, Policy and Planning. Jim Cecil likewise consults in the areas of IT strategic planning and performance management for government and commercial technology organizations. He has over seventeen years of experience working with senior executives in business planning, capital asset management, program and project management, budget development, and business process transformation and automation, and has an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.

Rex and Jim will be a panel members on the IT Asset Management (ITAM) and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Panels. Full schedule of C&A supported AFCEA West 2008 panels, with their schedule and description and schedule follows:

Tuesday/ 5 Feb 08 - - 8:30 - 9:30 AM:
Software Buyer's Shopping Guide: Buying software for your unit or enterprise requires a lot more thought and effort than simply plunking down your government purchase card for the latest version of shrink-wrapped software on the shelf. Linda Greenwade from the DON IT Umbrella Program and Sylvia Neidig from NAVICP lend their combined 50+ years of software contracting experience to you to provide you the "how-to's" of navigating through the process of acquiring software for your requirements.

Tuesday/ 5 Feb 08 - - 1:15 - 2:15 PM:
Spotlighting Net-Centric IT Asset Management: Discusses how to measure success in attributes beyond just asset cost and IT Asset Management (ITAM); the business practices that join financial, contractual and inventory functions to support IT life cycle management; and strategic decision making.

Wednesday/ 6 Feb 08 - - 9:15 - 10:10 AM:
Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) - How Should DoD Acquisition and Implementation Practices be Adapted to Make SOA a Reality? SOA is a hot topic these days. But does anyone fully understand how DoD acquisition practices need to change to make SOA and net-centric data access come to life? This session will provide an overview of SOA and share best practices associated with contracting and implementation of SOA-enabled technologies.

Wednesday/ 6 Feb 08 - - 10:20 - 11:15 AM:
Lean Six Sigma Comes To Enterprise Licensing: Take two complex processes like Lean Six Sigma and Enterprise Licensing then break them down in easy to digest nuggets that make sense are easy to employ. Learn the essence of everything you need to know about these two timely topics from the Department of the Navy's two Premier Subject Matter Experts in Lean Six Sigma and Enterprise Licensing. They will take you on an easy to understand guided tour that touches on the highlights of both subjects, then addresses how Lean Six Sigma (LSS) is being used to enhance the Department of the Navy's Enterprise Licensing efforts to support today's warfighter!

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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January 22, 2008
C&A Issued Task Order with SERCO-NA to Provide DRRS-N Support to CNIC

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia was issued a one-year Task Order with Vienna, VA-based SERCO-NA to provide program support on Defense Readiness Reporting System-Navy (DRRS-N) and related mission areas. C&A’s newly hired Associate Director, Dave Cash, a twenty-year Veteran and former US Navy Supply Corps Commander, will be assigned as group lead for the readiness analytic working group on this effort and report to the Business Management Office (N-5), Commander Naval Installations Commander (CNIC) in Washington, DC.

C&A President Brian Cowan stated “I am delighted and proud that we now have three seasoned US Navy Veterans providing readiness and DRRS-N program support to CNIC. This is one of our strongest and growing capabilities at C&A, and we look forward to working together with the CNIC/DRRS-N Team to help improve readiness analysis and reporting for the warfighter.”

For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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January 7, 2008
C&A Signs Contract with Aquinas to Conduct Best Practices Study

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a contract with Aquinas Institute High School of Rochester, NY to conduct a Foundation best practices study to identify work, membership, roles, resources, structures and governance rules for Boards similar to Aquinas’; and will benchmarking best-in-class practices, and provide recommendations and action plan. Barbara de Butts and Brian Cowan will collaborate on this effort. For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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2007
 

October 26, 2007
C&A Signs Subcontract with Booz Allen Hamilton to Provide DRRS-N Support to CNIC

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a one-year subcontract with Booz Allen Hamilton to provide program support on Defense Readiness Reporting System-Navy (DRRS-N) and related mission areas. C&A’s newly hired Associate Director, Gaylen Truslow, a ten-year Veteran and former US Marine Corps Major, will be the lead Program Manager on this effort and report to the Business Management Office (N-5), Commander Naval Installations Commander (CNIC) in Washington, DC. For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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October 3, 2007
C&A Signs Subcontract w/CACI to Provide IT Support to DoN CIO and DASN C4I

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a subcontract with CACI Enterprise Solutions to provide IT program support to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy Command, Control Communications/Space (DASN C4I/S). C&A’s Associate Director, Mary Ann Engelbert, a retired Navy Civilian Service Executive will be the lead Program Manager on this effort. For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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October 1, 2007
C&A Awarded Contract to support DoD CIO

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in management consulting to the federal government and academia was awarded a competitive $342K Prime Contract by the Army Contracting Agency (ACA) Contracting Center for Excellence (CCE) to provide Information Technology (IT) Program Support to Office of the Secretary of Defense Chief Information Office (OSD CIO) Commercial IT Policy (CITP) Directorate. This effort falls under Government Prime Contract #W91-WAW-07-P-0630, totaling up to $1.4M for base and all three option years, if exercised.

Jim Cecil, Associate Director for C&A, is Project Manager for this Contract and will be providing on-site program and strategic sourcing support for the DoD Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI)/IT Asset Management (ITAM) Programs.

 

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September 13, 2007
C&A Signs Subcontract w/RGS to Provide Logistics Support to OPNAV N41 Staff

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a subcontract with RGS Associates to provide analytical support on Navy and transportation logistics issues. C&A’s Associate Director, Cathy Alexander, a retired Navy Supply Corps Commander will be the lead Program Manager on this effort and will be reporting to the Head, Supply Ordnance & Logistics Operations (OPNAV N41) on the CNO’s Staff in Crystal City, VA. For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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July 27, 2007
C&A Brokers Contract between Darden and the Navy Executive Learning Office

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) specializing in management consulting and business development for DoD and academia brokered a contract between the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and the US Navy’s Executive Learning Office (ELO) for Executive Education.

As part of this contract, Darden’s Executive Education Program delivered the first of three, two-week courses titled Navy Corporate Business Course (NCBC) to 33 senior US Navy Officers and civilians at their campus in Charlottesville, VA. The NCBC was designed to enhance an officer’s understanding of the Navy Enterprise Framework, application of best business practices, and optimizing readiness at best cost, as well as:

• Strategic and effects-based thinking;
• Strategy development, communication and execution;
• Strategy development – financial, human capital and IT;
• Performance management; and
• Enterprise perspective and collaborative skills

During this July two-week training course the Darden School also welcomed 11 active and retired Navy admirals who are visiting Darden and delivering briefings to officers during the two-week NCBC program. In 2003, the Navy established the Executive Learning Office, which has developed executive learning programs to enhance the leadership capability of rising senior leaders. A critical component of that learning is applying best business practices to the Navy. The two primary programs are the NCBC and the Executive Business Course for newly appointed admirals. In 2006, with the assistance of Cowan & Associates, the ELO asked Darden to become a university partner and to host an East Coast version of NCBC to complement the West Coast version taught at the Navy Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA. They were especially interested in Darden’s case-study method of teaching. This summer marks Darden’s first NCBC program. As a follow on, the Darden NCBC Team conducted a fact-finding trip to the Naval Service Training Command, Great Lakes, IL in August 2007: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/html/news_article.aspx?id=11176

For additional information about Darden’s Executive Education NCBC Course, please go to: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/html/news_article.aspx?id=10748

 

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July 7, 2007
Career Next Step Partners with C&A to Assist U.S. Military Personnel with Career Transitions

Partnership combines 50 years of industry experience to establish the most comprehensive career assessment and search service
Career Next Step, Inc. and Arlington, Virginia-based Cowan & Associates (C&A) announced a strategic partnership to provide Career Next Step’s on-line career assessment service and career transition training methodology to the Department of Defense. Under the partnership agreement, Career Next Step and C&A plan to provide these services under C&A’s MOBIS contract# GSA10F-0246S with the General Services Administration.

“Every year, more than one hundred thousand individuals transition from the military to civilian life” said Mark Higgins, CEO of Career Next Step. “We are deeply honored both personally and professionally by the opportunity to help these men and women achieve smooth transitions.”

Jeff Pottinger, Director at C&A and Program Manager for their Training Team noted that “we are excited about the prospect of utilizing Career Next Step’s cutting edge web-based career training program, and combining this with customized instruction for our DoD clients to help them better transition back to the private sector. Our relationships with our Military clients as well as the Darden Graduate School of Business positions C&A to better serve our DoD customers. We look forward to this opportunity.”

About Career Next Step
Career Next Step is a web-based self assessment and career development service. Using a battery of proven self-assessment instruments, guided results interpretation, and career search best practices, Career Next Step enables individuals to identify career paths that match their unique personal profile. The service is derived from an award winning course developed at the Harvard Business School in the late 1970s and continuously administered at the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia over the last 25 years to incoming MBA students. The Career Next Step site was launched in the fall of 2005, and is now available for use by business schools, undergraduate universities, corporations, and individual career changers. Additional information can be found at www.careernextstep.com.

For Inquiries Contact:
Mark Higgins

Career Next Step, Inc.
5542 11th Street, N.
Arlington, VA 22205
703-286-5558
mhiggins@careernextstep.com
www.careernextstep.com

Jeff Pottinger
Cowan & Associates, Inc
2316 South Eads Street
Arlington, VA 22202
jeff.pottinger@cowanassociates.net

 

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June 11, 2007
C&A Among 391 Firms Selected for Navy Seaport Work
By Michael Hardy
Special to the Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/10/AR2007061001017.html

The Navy has added 391 contractors -- nearly half of them from Maryland, Virginia or the District of Columbia -- to its multibillion-dollar Seaport Enhanced multiple award contract.

The May 23 addition brings the total of contractors on SeaPort-e, as it is commonly known, to more than 1,300. Contractors on the list are pre-qualified to compete for tasks put up for bids by certain naval agencies. The contracts have a two-year base period and as many as eight option years. The Navy estimates that agencies could issue up to $5.3 billion a year in orders under SeaPort-e.

The Navy periodically enlarges the SeaPort-e contractor base through a process called "rolling admissions." The latest expansion also added the Office of Naval Research to the roster of agencies eligible to place orders through the contract.

Other agencies on the list include the Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Naval Supply Systems Command, Military Sealift Command, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Strategic Systems Programs and the Marine Corps.

The 22 functional areas include such commonly needed services as modeling, simulation, and training and analysis support; system design documentation and technical data support; and software engineering, development, programming and network support.

SeaPort-e's long list of potential suppliers give the Defense Department an alternative to doing business through the General Services Administration's supply schedules, said Guy Timberlake, chief executive of the American Small Business Coalition.

While SeaPort-e has a much smaller number of companies than the schedules, its contractors still have many potential competitors for any one task, however, and there may be some that find that just being on the contract isn't enough to bring in revenues, Timberlake added.

"In the GSA schedules world, something like 20 percent of the companies are doing probably 90 percent of the business," he said, adding that smaller contractors would probably fare about the same under SeaPort-e. "You're still a small fish, but in a much smaller pond than it was before."

Michael Hardy is an associate editor with Washington Technology. For more go to http://www.washingtontechnology.com.

 

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June 7, 2007
C&A Signs Contract to Support US Navy’s COMLOGWESTPAC

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia signed contract N40345-07-F-0006 to provide strategic planning, and training support for upcoming Naval exercises in Japan and Republic of Korea. C&A’s Program Jim Allan, a retired Navy Supply Corps Admiral will be the lead Program Manager on this effort and will be reporting to Commander Logistics Group Western Pacific in Singapore. For additional information about C&A please go to: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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June 6, 2007
C&A Signs Subcontract with Bearing Point to Support USAID

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia was issued a subcontract to provide program support services to Bearing Point a global management and consulting company. C&A will provide Support for Economic Growth and Institutional Reform (SEGIR) to support US Agency for International Development (US AID) activities relating to Global business, Trade and Investment II (GBTII) under contract number EEM—1-00-07-0005-00.

 

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June 5, 2007
C&A Hires New Associate Director Becky Winston

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a new Associate Director today, Rebecca “Becky” Winston. Becky is an international thought leader in Project Management, and holds the prestigious position as one of only 37 Project Management Institute (PMI) Fellows worldwide. Becky provides consulting services in portfolio, program, and project management for various government agencies and corporations in R&D, construction, information technologies, operations, environmental management, and other areas of management including risk assessment. Becky also provides strategic and business planning for start up business ventures. Her most recent project includes support for the Director, Homeland Security Program, where she manages interfaces with Department of Homeland Security and Argonne National Laboratory, and conducts management oversight of all related programs and projects.

Becky’s other notable consulting projects include Business Relationship Manager for National Security, Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, responsible for business development, strategic and business planning for the National Security Sector; and Senior Program Manager, Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies, Inc., where she managed Defense Programs and reported directly to the Vice President and General Manager.

Becky is a licensed attorney for the States of Nebraska and Iowa, and a member of the American Bar Association, Governmental Section National. She serves on the US Technical Advisory Group Member for the International Standards Organization (ISO) for project management standards development. As a PMI Fellow, she is renowned speaker and published author on Project Management and serves as Secretary-Treasurer and Global Advisory Panel for the organization.

Becky earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska, her MA in Biology from Iowa State University and BS in Education, Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Becky will direct C&A’s Risk Assessment Program.

 

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May 23, 2007
C&A Awarded Navy SeaPort-e Contract

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) specializing in management consulting to the federal government and academia has received a prime contract award as a result of the Navy’s Seaport e Rolling Admissions solicitation N00178-07-R-4000.

The SeaPort Enhanced (SeaPort-e) Program has made electronic procurement of Engineering, Financial, and Program Management support services a reality. Using SeaPort-e, the Navy Virtual SYSCOM (VS) Commanders (NAVAIR, NAVSEA, NAVSUP and SPAWAR) have adopted an integrated approach to contracting for support services. The SeaPort-e portal provides a standardized means of issuing competitive solicitations amongst a large & diverse community of approved contractors, as well as a platform for awarding & managing performance-based task orders. This unified approach allows SeaPort-e service procurement teams to leverage their best work products, practices, & approaches across the Navy's critical service business sector.

To view a complete listing of the successful awardees under this solicitation, please go to www.defenselink.mil/news/ and click on the “Contracts” link for awards made today 23 May 2007.

Additional information on the C&A SeaPort-e contract can be found at: http://www.cowanassociates.net.

 

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May 11, 2007
C&A Awarded Contract to Support CNIC IG


Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia was issued a contract to provide program support services to the Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Inspector General’s (IG) Office. This award was made under a subcontract with SERCO-NA, a Vienna, Virginia-based company that provides a broad range of services to federal defense and civilian agencies, as well as state and local governments, and commercial customers throughout North America. Jim Cecil, Associate Director at Cowan & Associates, will be Program Manager for this effort.

 

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April 22, 2007
C&A Hires Admiral Jim Allan as its Newest Director

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia hired a new Director today, retired Navy Supply Corps Rear Admiral, Jim Allan. Jim served a distinguished and highly decorated 37-year career in the US Navy (Reserve Component) and has held a variety of challenging supply chain management, operational, training, and executive leadership positions. Highlights included Rear Admiral Allan’s mobilization as the Vice Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command in 2002, where he focused on business transformation, change management and Fleet readiness. Jim also served at US Transportation Command where he led the operationalization of the Defense Distribution Operations Center construct in the Pacific Theater.

Additional flag assignments have included tours as Deputy Commander, Naval Operational Logistics Support Center; Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Fleet Supply and Ordnance, U. S. Pacific Fleet; Commander, Logistics Task Force Pacific; and Commander, Naval Logistics Forces Korea. Jim has also held six Commanding Officer and three Executive Officer tours in Aviation Supply, Contracts, material distribution. Jim had an equally distinguished civilian career with Xerox Corporation, and has held a variety of sales positions marketing to local, state and federal government accounts as well as top Fortune 100 accounts.

Jim earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Masters in Business Administration specializing in Marketing from Indiana University. He is a graduate of the Naval War College, the National Defense University and the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Graduate Business School Executive Program and Program for Executives in Logistics and Technology. Jim will direct C&A’s program support efforts with Commander Logistics Group Western Pacific in Singapore.

 

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April 2, 2007
C&A Awarded Contract to Support OPNAV N10


Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia was issued a contract to provide economist support services to the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) N10 Military Personnel Compensation Office. This award was made under a subcontract with SERCO-NA, a Vienna, Virginia-based company that provides a broad range of services to federal defense and civilian agencies, as well as state and local governments, and commercial customers throughout North America. Garrett Whitmore, Associate Director and Economist at Cowan & Associates, will be Program Manager for this effort.

 

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February 12, 2007
C&A Awarded Additional Work under Contract with the Commander, Navy Installations Command


Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in IT and management consulting to the federal government and academia was issued a Task Order for additional work under a subcontract with SERCO-NA, a Vienna, Virginia-based company that provides a broad range of services to federal defense and civilian agencies, as well as state and local governments, and commercial customers throughout North America. This effort falls under Government Prime Contract #N00140-06-D-0045.


Jeff Pottinger, Associate Director for C&A, will be Project Manager for preparation and submission of an annual report for the Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) in Washington, DC.
 

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2006
 

December 04, 2006
C&A Partners with SBG Technology Solutions Inc. for the Navy SeaPort Program

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) specializing in management consulting signed a partnering agreement on 4 December 2006 with SBG Technology Solutions Inc. of Stafford, VA for the Navy SeaPort Program. Under this Program, the U.S. Navy beginning in June 2005 has awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) multiple award contracts to 500+ contractors for support services for all phases of weapon systems acquisition and life-cycle support including research & development, prototyping, acquisition logistics, modeling, test & evaluation trials, and engineering support for:

- Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA);
- Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR);
- Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR);
- Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP);
- Military Sealift Command (MSC);
- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC);
- Strategic Systems Programs (SSP); and
- United States Marine Corps (USMC)

These contracts are in addition to the existing 150 contracts already awarded under the SeaPort Enhanced (SeaPort-e) acquisition program for services procurements. It is estimated that a maximum of $5,3B of services will be procured per year via orders issued under the SeaPort-e multiple award contracts. The awards have a four-year base period with one five-year award term and an additional one-year award term.
For additional detail on this announcement, go to: http://www.defenselink.mil/contracts/2005/ct20050531.html

For information on the SBG Technology Solutions Inc. SeaPort contract, and its small business partners including C&A, contact Carlos Del Toro, President SBG Technology Solutions carlosdeltoro@sbgtechnologysolutions.com or visit their website at http://www.sbgtechnologysolutions.com.

 

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November 29, 2006
C&A Awarded CACI Task Order for Naval Coastal Warfare Project

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) specializing in management consulting and business development for DoD was awarded a $20K subcontract with CACI Enterprise Solutions, Inc. a Fairfax, VA based DoD IT and network solutions provider. Tim Quinton, a retired Coast Guard Commander and Associate Director at C&A will be performing a Boats and Civil Engineering Support Equipment (CESE) study in support of the Navy's OPNAV N857 Naval Coastal Warfare Program.

 

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November 22, 2006
C&A Brokers Contract between Darden and the Navy Executive Learning Office

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) specializing in management consulting and business development for DoD and academia brokered a contract between the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and the Navy Executive Learning Office for executive education. Darden Executive Education will deliver modules on Financial Management and Information Technology/Information Management for the Navy Corporate Business Course delivered at the Navy Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA to high-potential Navy officers and civilians.

 

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September 22, 2006
C&A Brokers Deal between Darden and the Naval Center for Acquisition Workforce Development

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) specializing in management consulting and business development for DoD and academia brokered a contract between the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and the Naval Center for Acquisition Workforce Professional Development for executive education. Darden Executive Education will deliver a seminar on coaching and mentoring to Career Field Managers responsible for the development of Navy acquisition interns. This effort falls under Contract No. N00104-06-M-Q664.

 

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August 25, 2006
C&A Awarded Subcontract with SERCO to support DoD CIO

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in management consulting to the federal government and academia was awarded a subcontract with SERCO-NA, a Vienna, Virginia-based company that provides a broad range of services to federal defense and civilian agencies, as well as state and local governments, and commercial customers throughout North America. This effort falls under Government Prime Contract #NBCHF050166/GS-10F-0191J

Rex Bolton, Associate Director for C&A, is Project Managers for this Subcontract and will be providing on-site program and strategic sourcing support to the Commercial Policies and Oversight (CP&O) Directorate, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DoD CIO)) in Washington, DC.

Additional information on Serco can be found at: www.serco-na.com.

 

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August 07, 2006
C&A Awarded Contract with the Commander, Naval Installations Command

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), specializing in management consulting to the federal government and academia was awarded a subcontract with SERCO-NA, a Vienna, Virginia-based company that provides a broad range of services to federal defense and civilian agencies, as well as state and local governments, and commercial customers throughout North America. This effort falls under Government Prime Contract #N00140-06-D-0045.

Chad Clay and Jim Snare, Associate Directors for C&A, are co-Project Managers for this Subcontract and will be providing on-site program support to the Commander, Naval Installation Command (CNIC) in Washington, DC.
 

Additional information on Serco can be found at: www.serco-na.com.

 

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August 02, 2006
C&A Awarded EPA IT Systems Analysis Services Contract

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a $200K Delivery Order Award to Cowan & Associates, Inc. for IT Systems Analysis Services for its efforts in Environmental Information Integration. C&A will team with DecisionPath Consulting www.decisionpath.com, which provides data warehouse and business intelligence expertise to its government and industry clients. Decision Path is based in Gaithersburg, MD. C&A is an Arlington, VA-based Management Consulting Veteran-owned small business.

 

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July 01, 2006
C&A Associate Director, Barbara DeButts featured in VB Magazine

 

Back to school
Innovative Programs Reach Out to Nontraditional Students

by Heather B. Hayes
for Virginia Business
July 2006

Traditionally, executive education programs catered to, well, executives — usually high-powered, Fortune 500 managers on the way up. There wasn’t much interest in people like Barbara DeButts, a stay-at-home mom of 10 years, who wanted to re-enter the executive ranks.

A former corporate strategy specialist for Hewlett Packard who holds an MBA, DeButts didn’t need help with management skills. She needed a boost to her confidence and help with writing a résumé that would account for a decade-long gap in employment. “The hardest thing I’ve ever had to do was to try and write a résumé after 10 years of not working,” she says.

Last fall, DeButts, a McLean resident, turned to the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, her alma mater, and took a seminar through Alumni Career Services for women who wanted to get back to work — on their own terms. The program has been so popular that the school is considering a more formal and extensive executive education course that would target the needs of former executives trying to return to employment after a lengthy break. In DeButts’ case, she found the job she was looking for only a month later, hiring on as a well-compensated but part-time market development consultant for Arlington-based Cowan & Associates.

Targeting stay-at-home moms and the unemployed may seem like an exotic strategy for revenue-hungry executive education programs, but officials at these schools increasingly are reaching out to executives that represent nontraditional demographics and seeing them as critical to their future growth.

The Executive Education Program at the College of William & Mary, for example, now offers open and customized courses that meet the unique needs of military officials running bases and exchange stores. Meanwhile, the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business is in the process of designing noncredit workshops for the legal and medical communities. Old Dominion University (ODU) is targeting the emerging government contractor market in the Hampton Roads area. And George Mason University hopes to get an executive education program under way by 2007 in response to demand from the government contractor community in Northern Virginia.

Additionally, executive education officials are marketing their courses to sole proprietors, technology specialists, education administrators and nonprofit managers.

“ The thing is, we need to find new markets,” says David Newkirk, Darden’s CEO of executive education. “Traditionally, we were about giving MBA skills to non-MBAs in big corporations, but that’s a shrinking market. More and more people have MBAs. More and more people work outside of the big corporations. And so if we as an industry want to grow, we have to look beyond what we normally have.”

In other words, executive education has to change its formula. In years past, many programs had a tendency to give students only what faculty wanted to teach. But now, Newkirk says, most programs, including Darden’s, are flipping their priorities, actually surveying potential students, finding out what they need and responding with teaching materials and courses that can meet those needs.

Executive education officials at William & Mary, for instance, developed and marketed their military-specific courses after doing an extensive market analysis of the Tidewater region. One thing they learned from that study was the importance of being adaptable. “We now try to be very flexible and willing to change at a moment’s notice, because, of course, the military’s requirements can change so rapidly,” says program director Rosanna Koppelmann.

Moreover, the survey found that military organizations were interested in learning about management topics outside the realm of traditional teaching. Currently, the most popular courses for military officers within the William & Mary Executive Education Program don’t cover principles of accounting and marketing but rather deal with strategic retail planning and Lean Six Sigma training. The latter is a popular management methodology that provides tools to make processes more efficient and improve the bottom line. “For them, that’s really important because they’re dealing with taxpayer dollars, so they want to figure out the smartest and most effective way to make those dollars go farther,” explains Koppelmann, noting that the program has provided course work to a number of Army, Navy and Marine Corps leaders, as well as civilian contractors.

The military, in fact, is one of the fastest-growing patrons of executive education and not just on the Peninsula. Military organizations have tapped Darden’s executive education program to design courses related to sustainability, contract sourcing and personal leadership development, as well as general management topics that deal specifically with the issue of interaction between military entities and commercial companies.

Darden is also reaching out to another government entity: public schools. The school is working with the Curry Partnership for Leaders and Education and just received a $5 million grant from the Wallace Foundation to provide principals, superintendents and school board members with training on appraisal, feedback, goal-setting and other management topics as they seek to turn around the financial performance of their schools. “What we’ve done is taken classic executive leadership skills and re-purposed them so they could apply in a school situation,” says Newkirk.

UR’s Robins School of Business decided to target the legal and medical community after discussions with alumni and local leaders. They helped identify that the fast-growing interest among professionals in those fields is obtaining a better understanding of business operations. “We think that the best business principles ought to be applied in social sectors, just as they are in the for-profit world,” says Richard S. Coughlan, associate dean for the school’s graduate and executive programs.

He notes that the courses cover traditional executive education topics such as communications, leadership and strategic planning but are tailored to the specific industries involved. They will be offered for the first time in early 2007.

UR’s executive education program picked up on the changing marketplace and the need to expand its horizons earlier than a lot of other institutions. As a result of strong community outreach and marketing efforts, demand for its courses has been growing by double digits over the last two years.

In a competitive global environment “business and organization leaders are recognizing that if they are not keeping up with the best practices in management, they’re bound to fall behind,” observes Coughlan. “So, many of them have recognized that staying in touch with higher education in a formal way and staying up-to-date in their knowledge and skills can be a real competitive advantage.”

Even nonprofits are getting attention these days. UR provides leadership training for a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation, the William Byrd Community House and the Historic Richmond Foundation. And its Excellence Series for Small Business Owners — a public course developed in partnership with the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce — has been drawing owners of some well-known, long-standing Richmond companies, including Andy Thornton, co-owner of La Différence, a retail furniture store.

Even though he has been running his business for 26 years, Thornton decided to enroll after hearing early participants rave about the coursework. “I know a lot about our business, but there were certain skill sets that I have never really been able to implement like a lot of the strategic planning principles,” he explains. Thornton found that the commitment and time away from his business was well worth it. “There’s a lot more discipline now, and it’s been something that I can take to the management team to not only give them a new set of tools but also an understanding as to why we do some of the things we do.”

Still, simply reaching out to new groups is not necessarily going to be enough to drive demand. Many less-traditional populations such as sole proprietors, unemployed executives and even small-business owners may not have the financial resources to enroll in executive education. And busy managers and small-business owners have already indicated that they want as much impact as possible in a tight timeframe.

University officials are sensitive to these needs and are working to tweak courses and schedules to make it easier — and more cost-effective — for new students to take advantage of their offerings. “Many of these managers and small-business owners have always been interested in continuing their education and adding to their skill sets,” says Sheila Powell, director of the Executive Development Center at ODU. “But they don’t have a lot of time, and they’re not all that interested in heading off for a month-long course. They want something that’s convenient and that fits into their work schedule.”

 

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June 15, 2006
C&A Opens New Office in San Diego

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) that specializes in providing management consulting services and program support to DoD, announced that it has opened an office in San Diego, CA. near Naval Air Station North Island. According to Brian Cowan, President of C&A: "Our new office in San Diego will position us to better support our current Navy clients, as well as position us for anticipated future growth expected as a result of our recent GSA Schedule contract."

C&A was awarded a GSA Schedule MOBIS contract # GS10F-0246S in April 2006.

 

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April 30, 2006
C&A Awarded GSA Schedule MOBIS Contract

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) specializing in management consulting to the federal government and academia was awarded a Management, Organization and Business Improvement Services (MOBIS) contract by the General Services Administration on April 26th, 2006 under contract # GS-10F-0246S. The MOBIS program offers a full range of management and consulting services that can improve federal agency performance and their endeavor in meeting mission goals.

Only a handful of MOBIS contractors, in addition to C&A, possess the necessary expertise to facilitate how the federal government responds to a continuous stream of new mandates and evolutionary influences including: President's Management Agenda; Government Performance and Results Act; Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act; OMB Circular A-76; Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act; and Government reinvention initiatives such as benchmarking and streamlining.

The particular MOBIS contract that was awarded to C&A is for management consulting services under the Special Identification Numbers (SINs) or categories for consulting, facilitation and survey services.

Additional information on the C&A MOBIS contract can be found at: http://www.gsaelibrary.gsa.gov/ElibMain/ContractorInfo?contractNumber=GS-10F-0246S&contractorName=BRIAN+J+COWAN&executeQuery=YES

 

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April 22, 2006
C&A Awarded USAID Subcontract

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) specializing in management consulting to the federal government and academia was awarded a subcontract (No5300-600-06S-002) for $64,265 with Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI), a Bethesda, Maryland-based company that specializes in providing international business development and program support to the US State Department and the US Agency for International Development (USAID). This falls under USAID/DAI Prime Contract #497-M-00-05-00043-00 under MOBIS GS-10F-0359M.

Chad Clay, Associate Director for C&A, is Project Manager for this Subcontract and will be spending three months in Indonesia providing short-term technical assistance as an Interim Client Service Advisor that will oversee setup, staffing and client services training for the initial Regional Competitiveness Centers (RCCs) in Bandung, Jakarta and Surabaya, under the Indonesia Enterprise and Agriculture Development Activity (SENADA).

Additional information on DAI can be found at: http://www.dai.com/.

 

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February 01, 2006
C&A Awarded CACI Subcontract

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) specializing in management consulting to the federal government and academia was awarded a subcontract (No. AMSO4SAW013) for $53,048 on 01 January 2006 with CACI Technologies, Inc., a Fairfax, Virginia-based company specializing in providing IT solutions for its Federal and DoD clients. This falls under Prime Contract N00104-040F0Q002.

Brian Cowan, President of C&A, is Project Manager for this Subcontract and will be providing Program Support to the Department of the Navy Chief Information Office (DoN CIO) and the DoD Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI) Team. ESI is a successful program that optimizes the acquisition of IT software and services within DoD, and has achieved $2B in cost avoidance during the five year timeframe that C&A has supported this initiative.

Additional information on CACI can be found at: http://www.caci.com/, and information on the ESI project can be found at http://www.esi.mil.
 

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2005
 

November 28, 2005
C&A Awarded Darden Contract

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) specializing in management consulting to the federal government and academia was awarded a contract for $30,000 on 28 November 2005 with the Darden Foundation at the University of Virginia.

C&A will provide level-of-effort support to the Darden MBA for Executives, Executive Education and full-time MBA Programs, to conduct a market situation report addressing the greater Washington, DC region.

Brian Cowan, President of C&A, is Project Manager for this Contract and along with his consulting team of Barbara deButts, Jeff Pottinger and Chad Clay, will be providing Program Support to the Darden School on these programs.

Additional information about the Darden School and its programs can be found at: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/.

 

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October 14, 2005
C&A Signs Consulting Agreement with Darden Executive Education

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) specializing in management consulting to the federal government and academia signed a consulting agreement on 14 October 2005 with the Darden Foundation at the University of Virginia.

C&A will provide level-of-effort support to the Darden Executive Education Program for business development for the Federal Government and DoD customers in the greater Washington, DC region. Jeff Pottinger, Associate Director at C&A, is Project Manager for this Contract and will be providing Program Support to the Darden School on these programs.

Additional information about the Darden School and its programs can be found at: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/.

 

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August 29, 2005
C&A Signs Consulting Agreement with Competitive Innovations, Inc.

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) specializing in management consulting to the federal government and academia has entered into a consulting agreement with Competitive Innovations (CI), LLC, an Information Technology Management Consulting Hub Zone Small Business based in Culpeper, Virginia.

C&A will provide level-of-effort support to CI for program support for several of its DoD and Federal Government clients. Chad Clay, Associate Director at C&A, is Project Manager for this Contract and will be providing Program Support to the CI for its work on these programs.

Additional information about Competitive Innovations can be found at: http://www.cillc.com.

 

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June 29, 2005
C&A Partners with KPMG for the Navy SeaPort Program

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) specializing in management consulting signed a partnering agreement on 29 June 2005 with KPMG Inc. of Washington, DC for the Navy SeaPort Program. Under this Program, the U.S. Navy beginning in June 2005 will award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) multiple award contracts to 503 contractors for support services for all phases of weapon systems acquisition and life-cycle support including research & development, prototyping, acquisition logistics, modeling, test & evaluation trials, and engineering support for:

- Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA);

- Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR);

- Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR);

- Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP);

- Military Sealift Command (MSC);

- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC);

- Strategic Systems Programs (SSP); and

- United States Marine Corps (USMC)

These contracts are in addition to the existing 150 contracts already awarded under the SeaPort Enhanced (SeaPort-e) acquisition program for services procurements. It is estimated that a maximum of $5,3B of services will be procured per year via orders issued under the SeaPort-e multiple award contracts. The awards have a four-year base period with one five-year award term and an additional one-year award term.

For additional detail on this announcement, go to: http://www.defenselink.mil/contracts/2005/ct20050531.html

For information on the KPMG SeaPort contract, and its small business partners including C&A, contact George Britton, KPMG Federal Practice Support at gvbritton@kpmg.com or (202) 533-6547.

 

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June 01, 2005
C&A Moves to New Office

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) specializing in management consulting to the federal government and academia moved to its new office spaces in Crystal City. The company is now located conveniently at 2316 South Eads Street, just four blocks from the Crystal City metro station, and provides free parking to clients and visitors.

C&A's new contact information is:

2316 South Eads Street
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 920-2282

 

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January 01, 2005
C&A Awarded MAC Consulting Subcontract

Cowan & Associates, Inc. (C&A), an Arlington, Virginia-based Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) specializing in management consulting to the federal government and academia was awarded a subcontract (No C005-DASN(L)-02A) for $77,600 on 01 January 2005 with MAC Consulting Inc., a Fairfax, Virginia-based company that specializes in providing logistics program support to the Department of Defense. This falls under Prime contract N00104-04-F-0107, and GSA Contract GS-10F-0288N.

Brian Cowan, President of C&A, is Project Manager for this Subcontract. He will be providing program support to Mike Skratulia and the MAC Consulting team at the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Logistics) in the areas of Lean Six Sigma training, and Continuous Improvement Surveys and Assessment studies.
 

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2004
 

January 29, 2004
Darden Dean to Chair Graduate Business Foundation Deans Advisory Panel

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Cowan & Associates President Brian Cowan Names Darden Dean to Chair Graduate Business Foundation Deans Advisory Panel

The Graduate Business Foundation (GBF) has announced that Darden School Dean Robert S. Harris will chair the Foundation’s Dean's Advisory Panel through 2005.

The Dean's Advisory Panel provides strategic guidance to the GBF as it serves its primary stakeholders, student government leaders at 50 of the world’s top graduate business schools. “It is an exciting time to collaborate with my dean, colleagues and the GBF,” Harris said. “Working with student leaders is a wonderful opportunity to shape individual careers and spur innovation in business programs around the world.”

The GBF, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, promotes leadership and innovation in graduate business schools by creating a network of student government leaders and by recognizing executives, educators, and students who best exemplify the ideals of leadership and innovation. Brian Cowan (MBA ’91), President of the GBF said, “We are grateful for the leadership and counsel that Bob Harris will bring to the Advisory Panel and to our Foundation. It will help us to better serve and develop future business leaders.”

In April 2003, The Darden School hosted the 20th annual Graduate Business Conference, which brings together student leaders to exchange leadership initiatives and create new student programs nationwide.

More information about the GBF can be found at http://www.graduatebusinessfoundation.org.
 

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2001
 

September 14, 2001
C&A President Brian Cowan Among Darden Alumni Highlighted for 9/11 Acts


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“Any of My Darden Classmates Would Have Done What I Did” - Brian Cowan

From out of the chaos and rubble unleashed on September 11, by men who used a passenger jet to bomb the Pentagon, the heroic account of two Darden alumni — both MBA ’91, both rejecting the term, ‘hero’ — resonates.

As Brian Cowan tells it, he retired from the military as a Navy commander in 1999 and formed a management consulting business, working closely with the Department of Defense. On Tuesday, September 11, he was in a meeting in Crystal City, VA, which is near his home and near the Pentagon, when he heard the news of the attack on the Pentagon. When DOD was evacuated, Cowan took a look outside at the traffic gridlock in all directions and decided to walk home. When he saw television coverage of the fires in New York and at the Pentagon, he says he couldn’t stay home. “I’ve been in hostile situations on Navy ships, and I’ve been on 100-person firefighting crews during my time in the Navy. I felt I had to pitch in and help,” he says.

Cowan changed his clothes and rode his bicycle to the Pentagon, where he says he has never seen such chaos at any time before in his life. He describes people everywhere, running; some wounded, some trying to assist others, some trying to escape the area altogether. He showed his military ID and was able to get close enough to assist in setting up the triage tents in the inner courtyard of the Pentagon. He spent eight hours on Tuesday, helping to organize drugs, IV’s, water, and bandages for the wounded, and all the while, the fire caused by 30,000 gallons of aircraft fuel raged on around him.

He says the victims were trapped on the Southwest side of the Pentagon, near the heliport. “Rescue workers weren’t able to enter the building to search for victims until mid-afternoon. The heat was so intense, they couldn’t go inside. Hoses only served to spread the fire, and it wasn’t until they later used foam that they could put the fires out,” he says. Cowan went on to describe a “chaotic yet somehow coordinated” effort at the disaster site. He saw volunteers, including those from the military, fire departments, Secret Service, congressional offices, private physicians, and the FBI, there, amidst the perimeter guards carrying submachine guns, doing whatever they could to find and sustain life.

The first FBI special agent on the scene was Cowan’s Darden classmate, Mike White. Although White declined an interview beyond saying that Cowan is the hero, not him—Cowan says White didn’t have to be at the Pentagon that day, either. “Mike’s my hero. He set up the police lines around the perimeter of the crash site to keep the evidence intact,” Cowan says. All day, and into the night, according to Cowan, White held off all the personnel in the area – doctors, firefighters, police, government officials, military, and freelance photographers – in order to preserve the evidence of the crime scene. In a suddenly unorderly world, White tried to maintain order, observes Cowan.

Jon Megibow, Darden's Director of Strategy for Scale and Scope, was the Director of Admissions when Brian Cowan was here. He recalls Cowan's leadership qualities. "Over the last 15 years Darden has had a string of remarkable students sponsored by the US Navy. Once they complete their degrees, they return to the Navy, which is what Brian did until he retired last year. Brian was active in numerous community-oriented activities during his time here and always seemed to be looking for ways to help out. He was instrumental in bringing a national MBA student leadership conference to Darden, and he eventually served on that organization's national board of directors. He was also a member of the Student Admissions Committee," he says.

Cowan says he did what any of the “Darden family” would have done in similar circumstances. “Darden develops leaders and a sense of community. That stays with you always,” he adds.

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