Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific partnered with the United States Force Posture Initiative (USFPI) team to participate in a U.S. Industry Day hosted by the Northern Territory (NT) Government held June 21 at the Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom in Darwin, Australia.
"The U.S. Military Construction Program in Australia is anticipated to encompass approximately $325M through Fiscal Year 2022," said NAVFAC Pacific Operations Officer Capt. Michael Monreal. "This industry day was a key forum to expand our international network of industry partners to make this construction program a success. Overall, the industry day provided a positive learning environment for NAVFAC, the Australian Defence Force representatives and our U.S. and Australian industry partners."
The purpose of the U.S. Industry day was to exchange information to improve understanding of the U.S. Government requirements for U.S. funded construction projects. NAVFAC Pacific serves as the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) organization responsible for the delivery and management of U.S. funded Military Construction (MILCON) projects in Australia.
More than 200 people from various U.S. and local Australian businesses interested in working with NAVFAC in Australia attended event.
"The turnout was extremely successful as it allowed us, the Navy, to have the opportunity to conduct an effective and meaningful dialogue between businesses who are interested in working with NAVFAC," said Officer in Charge of Construction Marine Corps Marianas Commanding Officer Capt. Dan Turner. "Networking during breaks was tremendously effective as it allowed open communication and transparency between all parties involved."
The U.S. Industry Day kicked off with welcoming remarks from NT Government Chief Executive Officer Michael Tenant, followed by an opening statement from Director of Enabling Services, U.S. Force Posture and Singapore Joint Development Initiatives Sara Brown, and transitioned into an introductory brief from NAVFAC Pacific.
Official presentations included legal considerations for U.S. MILCON in Australia, a U.S. MILCON acquisition brief, a contractor's proposal evaluation criteria briefing and post award construction requirements. The day ended with a question and answer session.
"Defence is very pleased with the outcomes from the first ever bi-lateral industry day," said USFPI spokesperson. "It was a terrific opportunity to bring together representatives from Defence, the U.S. DOD, the NT Government and the local industry to share information on the future investment in the NT. The collaboration achieved on the day positions us all well to deliver the works required for the Force Posture Initiatives."