Securing the Future: Strategic Investments in Critical Chemicals for National Defense

Monday, February 19
JW Marriott Nashville – Symphony Ballroom

2:00pm CT

In 2023, SOCMA became aware of U.S.-based chemical manufacturing opportunities through the federal government. Federal officials will join us in Nashville to shed light on how your company can take advantage of open projects to re-shore critical chemicals.

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Clayton Owens, Ph.D., Energetics Technology Center
Technical Program Manager

Clay Owens is the Technical Program Manager for energetics analysis and policy at ETC and leads their defense chemical supply chain analysis team. He is currently identifying key gaps in the defense industrial base and evaluating risk mitigation strategies to ensure reliable delivery of essential propellants, explosives, pyrotechnics, & their precursor chemicals for US munitions supply resilience.


Dr. Marta Pazos, Ph.D., Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment
Critical Chemicals Sector Lead, Defense Production Act Investments

As a contractor for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Dr. Pazos leads the Critical Chemicals sector of the Defense Production Act to ensure the domestic supply of critical chemicals to maintain a healthy state of defense for the USA.

A cosmetic chemist by trade, Dr. Pazos is a Fulbright Scholar and earned her doctorate in Polymer Science from the University of Akron. She has held roles at Estee Lauder Companies, P&G and Coca-Cola. 

Dr. Bryson Reynolds, Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), Department of Defense
Associate Director, Small Business Risk and Analysis

Dr. Bryson Reynolds is the Associate Director for Small Business Risk and Analysis in the Department of Defense’s Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP). Dr. Reynolds oversees efforts to address foreign, ownership, control, and influence (FOCI) risk to small businesses in the defense industrial base, and to expand market intelligence tools through the Market Research Center of Excellence (MRCOE). Prior to joining DoD OSBP, Dr. Reynolds worked in neuroscience research at the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University and in STEM education at the Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach.