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Patton to Discuss Maryland Defense and Aerospace Consortium with Office of Congressman Anthony Brown

Staff members from the office of Honorable Anthony Brown will discuss small business opportunities stemming from the new Maryland Defense and Aerospace Consortium in a meeting with Patton and the Maryland Manufacturers COOP

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Buddy Oliver, Vice President of Business Development
“This collaboration is expected to expand Maryland's role in driving technology innovation within the Department of Defense and other government entities.”

Buddy Oliver
Vice President of Business Development

GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND: Patton Electronics—US-manufacturer of fiber and TEMPEST™ products—joined by members of the Maryland Manufacturers COOP (MDMFGCOOP)—will meet with members of Congressman Anthony Brown’s staff tomorrow. The parties will discuss how small businesses in Maryland can work with the recently-formed Maryland Defense and Aerospace Consortium (MDAC) to support the needs of the industry.

The new consortium is expected to foster expanded collaboration among Maryland's small businesses, universities, and the Department of Defense (DoD).

“The purpose of the consortium is threefold,” Brown said. “Purpose one is creating networking opportunities between firms while strengthening the partnership between academia and aerospace and defense industries. UMCP is our flagship program. There are a number of fellowships and internships between industry and the university. We’d like to strengthen and expand those relationships.”

University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) is well-known as an academic leader in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

The second tenet of the consortium is to engender best practices. Brown plans to launch a series of seminars (the first will cover data security) where large companies can teach smaller firms best practices in hiring, cyber security, and supply-chain management when doing business with government agencies.

The third area Brown hopes to address is connecting industry with K-12 schools.

“We look forward to learning more about the consortium and working with Congressman Brown’s office," said Buddy Oliver, Vice President of Business Development at Patton."

Mr. Oliver will join the meeting tomorrow, Friday, February 1st. 

"This collaboration is expected to expand Maryland's role in driving technology innovation within the Department of Defense and other government entities," Mr. Oliver added.

Known as a "micro-multi-national" company
, Patton's world headquarters is located in the Washington, DC area. Patton conducts hardware and software engineering, manufacturing, marketing and publishing operations—all under one roof—in its Gaithersburg, Maryland facility.

The US government employs Patton's FiberPlex products to achieve several objectives:

  • Protect the integrity of sensitive compartmented information facilities (SCIFs)
  • Secure on-shore and on-ship satellite communications (SATCOM).
  • Provide cyber security in Layer-1 of the open systems interconnection (OSI) networking model.

Patton manufactures secure communication equipment for the Department of Defense and the Department of State, as well as other government agencies and system integrators.

In related news, Patton is set to showcase fiber solutions for audio, video, and data at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) in Amsterdam next week .


About Patton

Patton is all about connections. It is our joy and mission to connect real-world customer challenges with high-quality, right-priced solutions—complemented by unrivaled customer service and technical support. Incorporated 1984, Patton has built everything from micro-sized widgets that connect "this-with-that," to carrier-grade Telecom gear that connects subscribers to service-providers. Patton's specialty is interconnecting legacy TDM and serial systems with new-generation IP-based voice, data, and multi-media technologies.

Headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD, USA, Patton equipment—including VoIP, Ethernet extension, and wireless router technologies—is up-and-running in carrier, enterprise and industrial networks worldwide. Patton works in connection with a growing network of technology, business, and sales-channel partners. To connect with local-market requirements, Patton operates training and support centers in Switzerland, Hungary, Lebanon, India and the USA.

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