George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

GovCon Center Webinars and Podcasts

Upcoming Events



New Priorities in Federal Spending

April 15, 2021 at 1:00 pm

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The Center will host a webinar on the topic, "New Priorities in Federal Spending." This will be the first in a three-part Webinar Series that will focus on the customer service environment for government and business. The discussion will be followed by a Virtual Networking session for all webinar attendees.

Registration is free. Speakers include:

  • Dave Zvenyach, Deputy Commissioner & Director, Technology Transformation Services, Federal Acquisition Service
  • Michael Sanders, Chief Executive Officer,Interactive Government &Center Advisory Board Member
  • Ross Wilkers, Moderator, Senior Staff Writer, Washington Technology, 1105 Media

The Center gratefully acknowledges the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority as the Title Sponsor for this Webinar Series.

Measuring R&D Productivity — Perspectives on Trends and Policies

April 22, 2021 at 12:00 pm

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R&D is an easy target for cuts when firms face pressure from quarterly earnings. One problem is that firms don't have a metric to benchmark their R&D productivity. Professor Anne Marie Knott, affiliate faculty member for George Mason's Center for Government Contracting, has developed such a metric, the Research Quotient (RQ), which uses financial data to isolate the effect of R&D spending on revenue growth. While she finds a worrisome trend that R&D productivity has declined a staggering 65% over the past half-century, Anne Marie presents several insightful actions that can reverse the trend.

What does all this mean for Defense & Aerospace firms and their Independent Research & Development (IRAD) spending? How is the business of government different than the commercial sector? Can firms drive more value not just for their shareholders, but for the taxpayer and the national security?

Please join Wharton Aerospace and George Mason University for an exciting discussion on IRAD policies and practices designed to jump-start military innovation. Panelists Anne Marie Knott, Kevin Fahey, and Byron Callan will unpack the challenges of measuring R&D productivity, the RQ metric, and if/how it may apply to the national security sector.


Webinar Library




Increasing Speed and Flexibility in DoD Budgeting — Going from Ideas to Implementation

Panel 1. Beyond PPBE: Getting Real Speed and Flexibility into the Acquisition System

 Increasing Speed and Flexibility in DoD Budgeting — Going from Ideas to Implementation

Panel 2. The Practicalities of Real Change: Moving from Ideas to Implementation

Building Resilience: The Defense Industrial Base in an Era of Great-Power Competition

OTAs & Everything Else

The DoD Budget Process: The Next Frontier of Acquisition Reform

Intellectual Property in Government Procurement Competitions

Managing Obsolescence: New DoD Instruction for a Chronic Problem