NDTA Fall Meeting

Transportation Academy Courses

All Transportation Academy courses are subject to change, and are first-come, first-served. Attendees are free to select courses among all the topical tracks. No prior sign-up for courses is required during the registration process. See a VISUAL REPRESENTATION of dates/times, topical tracks and courses. Titles and descriptions of each course can be found in their respective tracks, below.

Through a partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), we are proud to offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for participation in this year’s Fall Meeting. CEUs will be granted at a rate of .1 per hour of official Fall Meeting programs, which includes all classes, seminars, speakers and roundtables.  Please contact Irvin Varkonyi at ivarkonyi@ndtahq.com to request NOVA’s CEU application which is required to redeem your CEUs.

To facilitate the $35 payment for CEUs, please check the CEU box upon registration for the Fall Meeting.

Commanders Track

Track Description:  Senior military leaders’ representing USTRANSCOM and Component Commanders

XXXX | By Gen Darren McDew, USTRANSCOM Commander | Monday, Oct. 22 | 4:00 – 5:30 pm | TBD


XXXX | By RADM Dee Mewbourne, MSC Commander | Wednesday, Oct 24 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | TBD


XXXX | By MG Stephen Farmen, SDDC Commanding General | Monday, Oct. 22 | 10:00 – 11:30 am | TBD


XXXX | By BGen Lenny Richoux, JECC Commander | Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | TBD


XXXX | By JTRU, JTRU Commander | Monday, Oct. 22 | Monday, Oct. 22 | 9:00 – 9:30 am | TBD


Acquisition and Finance Track

Track Description: Updates will be provided on acquisition and finance processes by government and industry representatives as they impact large and small businesses.

Acquisition at USTC – the Organization | USTRANSCOM AQ | Monday, Oct. 22 | 8:00 – 9:30 am | TBD

Describes USTRANSCOM acquisition organization, provides an understanding what services USTRANSCOM acquires through Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) based contracts, and identifies points of contact.

Readiness Programs | USTRANSCOM AQ | Monday, Oct. 22 | 10:00 – 11:30 am | TBD

Summarize the CRAF & USC contract, what’s new with the recently awarded (1 Oct 18) contract, Highlight the benefits of being a CRAF Carrier and USC Partner, and address  frequently asked questions regarding CRAF, procuring commercial airlift, and USC.  Instruct Military and Govt. attendees on why we do these programs and how they support readiness.  Highlight historical missions suported including operational support, FEMA, and disaster relief.

Transportation Management System & You – A Financial Perspective | By Dan McMillin, USTRANSCOM | Monday, Oct. 22 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm | TBD


OSD Category Management | By Stephen Lord, Office of the Secretary of Defense | Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | TBD


USTRANSCOM Acquisition Tips | USTRANSCOM AQ | Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm | TBD

Describes how and where to look for opportunities to do business with USTRANSCOM

From Requirements to Acquisition at DLA & USTRANSCOM  | By Sean Caulfield, AFCEA Northern Virginia | Wednesday, Oct. 24 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | TBD

This course will address the process associated with awarding a government contract at USTRANSCOM and DLA.  We will help define the Government’s common process of requirements gathering, market research, business case analysis, contracting vehicle selection and the acquisition process.

Stakeholders’ Roles in Defining a Requirement | USTRANSCOM AQ | Monday, Oct. 22 | 4:00 – 5:30 pm | TBD

Describes insight into the process involved and the stakeholders’ (government and Industry) roles in defining a requirement in anticipation of a shaping the solicitation.  This session explains what happens and when it happens beginning with Market Research through the Request for Proposals.

Small Business Opportunities with Military Sealift Command | By MSC Instructor, MSC | Wednesday, Oct.24 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm | TBD


Combatant Command Logistics Challenges Track

Track Description: Current logistics challenges faced by Combatant Commands in a volatile environment.

Sustaining the SOF Warrior in a Dynamic Operational Environment By COL Donald Wols, USSOCOM | Monday, Oct. 22 | 8:00 – 9:30 am | TBD

The course will highlight the SOCOM J4 collaboration with TRANSCOM and DLA for a Global Logistics Overview (GLO) and innovative logistics application tool being developed in collaboration with SOCOM’s SOFWERX program.

Setting the Theater By AFRICOM J4 Instructor, USAFRICOM | Monday, Oct 22 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm | TBD


Foreign Military Sales | By Defense Security Cooperation Agency Instructor, DSCA | Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm | TBD


Disaster Response | By NORTHCOM Instructor, USNORTHCOM | Wednesday, Oct. 24 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm | TBD


Geographic Combatant Command Framework to Leverage Logistics Innovation By Larry Plies, USCENTCOM | Monday, Oct. 22 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm | TBD


Commercial Logistics Supporting the Warfighter Track

Track Description: Industry updates on their logistics support for DOD missions.

Small Package Services By Jay Powelson, FedEx, Panel discussion | Monday, Oct 22 | 8:00 – 9:30 am | TBD


XXXX By John Dietrich, NDTA Chairman, Atlas Air | Monday, Oct. 22 | 10:00 – 11:30 am | TBD


Iraq and Trans Arabian Network By Michael Chapell, Global Logistics Providers | Monday, Oct. 22 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm | TBD


XXXX By William Flynn, Past NDTA Chairman, Atlas Air | Monday, Oct. 22 | 4:00 – 5:30 pm | TBD


XXXX By William Woodhour, NDTA Vice Chairman, Maersk Line | Tuesday, Oct 23 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | TBD


Apply Theory of Constraints in Logistics By Lt Gen (Ret) Andrew Busch, Goldratt Consulting | Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | TBD

Learn about employing Theory of Constraints (TOC) thinking as a tool for delivering breakthrough results in your organization.  TOC is delivering solutions across the business world in areas as diverse as supply chain, distribution, retail, and project management.  This seminar will be taught by an accomplished TOC practitioner and will use interactive simulations to demonstrate the importance of flow in your organization as well as highlighting the inefficiencies of multi-tasking.

Cyber Track

Track Description: An exploration of opportunities and threats in the Cyber sphere that impact logistics stakeholders.

Cyber Attacks By Michael Dinning, Volpe | Monday, Oct. 22 | 8:00 – 9:30 am | TBD

How to reduce your risks and be cyber resilient – Transportation systems are becoming more connected and automated, and have been disrupted by serious cyber attacks.  This course will describe cyber attacks in transportation, and will recommend ways to make you and your organization more secure and resilient to cyber attacks

Sharing Threats, Indicators, and Warnings between USTRANSCOM and Industry By Jerry Cronin (TCJ6) & Maj Chris Moyano (TCJ3), USTRANSCOM | Monday, Oct. 22 | 10:00 – 11:30 am | TBD


Cyber Threat in National Defense By Hayri Tarhan,, Oracle | Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | TBD

Class will discuss ever-evolving threats and newest trends in Cybersecurity.  He will touch on Oracle’s industry-leading cybersecurity message, how it relates to an Enterprise Security Strategy, and practical step to security the IT enterprise.  This strategy has been discussed by USTRANSCOM in numerous engagements as a means of improving security and cross enterprise management while potentially reducing costs.

Standards in Logistics Cybersecurity By Jon Boyens, National Institute of Standards and Technology | Monday, Oct. 22 | 4:00 – 5:30 pm | TBD


Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management By Don Davidson, Office of the Deputy DOD-CIO for Cybersecurity | Wednesday, Oct 24 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | TBD


Cyber Threat Brief By Jeff Stutzman, Wapack | Monday, Oct. 22 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm | TBD


Cybersecurity and Leadership By CAPT Emil Muccin, US Merchant Marine Academy | Wednesday, Oct. 24 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm | TBD

This presentation will focus on the role of the maritime industry to enhance our mariners’ knowledge in cybersecurity and how this can help them in successfully commanding maritime vessels and leading maritime organizations.


DOD Global Transportation and Logistics Track

Track Description: Perspectives from government and industry on a variety of defense transportation topics.

Ammunition and Explosives Safety Workshop Part 1 | By Elias Cantu & Dan Bradley, SDDC | Monday, Oct. 22 | 8:00 – 9:30 am | TBD

Provides an overview of DOD efforts to evaluate and improve the safety performance of individual Transportation Protective Service (TPS) Ammunition and Explosives (AE) carriers. Topics will include an overview of where we are/how we got here, and highlights from critical safety events.

Ammunition and Explosives Safety Workshop Part 2 By Elias Cantu & Dan Bradley, SDDC | Monday, Oct. 22 | 10:00 – 11:30 am | TBD

Continues the discussion of DOD efforts to evaluate and improve the safety performance of individual Transportation Protective Service (TPS) Ammunition and Explosives (AE) carriers.  Topics will include an overview of where we are/how we got here, and highlights from critical safety events.

US Bank Freight Payments By Jeff Lineberger, US Bank | Monday, Oct. 22 | 10:00 – 11:30 am | TBD


Transportation Overview for Shippers and Carriers By SDDC Instructor, SDDC | Monday, Oct. 22 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm | TBD


Foxhole to Hospital By TRANSCOM Surgeon General, USTRANSCOM SG | Wednesday, Oct. 24 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | TBD

Patient care and movement.

Defense Personal Property By COL Ralph Lounsbrough TCJ4 & Jay Johnson, NDTA HHG Subcommittee USTRANSCOM | Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | TBD


GSA Transportation Auditing By Janelle Scribner, GSA Office of Travel, Employee Relocation and Transportation | Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm | TBD


Defense Transportation Tracking System (DTTS) By SDDC Instructor, SDDC | Wednesday, Oct. 23 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | TBD


Logistics Intelligence By Dalton Jones, USTRANSCOM J2 | Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm | TBD


Commercial Augmentation By Dave Blackford, USTRANSCOM J4 | Monday, Oct. 22 | 4:00 – 5:30 pm | TBD


DOD Shipping Container Management By Mark LaRue, SDDC & Joint Intermodal Working Group | Wednesday, Oct. 24 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm | TBD


Motor/Rail Large Volume Movements By SDDC Instructor, SDDC | Wednesday, Oct 24 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm | TBD


DOD IT Systems from a Carrier’s Perspective By Oswaldo Bermeo, DHL | Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | TBD



Innovation, Technology, and Analytics Track

Track Description: Current advances that support the increasingly complex demands to support DOD Logistics today and tomorrow and the role of big data.

Mobility Capability and Requirements Study | By Bruce Bussler, USTRANSCOM JDPAC | Monday, Oct. 22 | 8:00 – 9:30 am | TBD

The Secretary of Defense shall carry out a mobility capability and requirements study that estimates the number of airlift aircraft, tanker aircraft, and sealift ships needed to meet combatant commander requirements.

Autonomous Vehicles | By Ross Froat, American Trucking Association | Monday, Oct 22 | 10:00 – 11:30 am | TBD


SSDM Capabilities ICODES By SDDC Instructor, SDDC | Monday, Oct. 22 | 8:00 – 9: 30 am | TBD


NASA – A Three Million Mile Supply Chain By Michael Galluzzi, NASA | Monday, Oct. 22 | 4:00 – 5:30 pm | TBD


Transportation Blockchain Alliance By Jennifer Wieroniey, American Trucking Alliance | Monday, Oct. 22 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm | TBD

Blockchain technology is on the precipice of becoming a major disruptor in the transportation industry. From smart contracts to improved tracking and recordkeeping, blockchain will dramatically increase efficiencies along the entire supply chain.

Transportation Management System – A Functional Perspective By COL Andy Dawson, USTRANSCOM | Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm | TBD


Enterprise Data Sciences By Bruce Bussler, USTRANSCOM JDPAC | Wednesday, Oct. 24 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | TBD

An exposition about Data Science and how Enterprise Data Science capability is being established, integrated, and employed in the USTRANSCOM organization. This data-driven scientific methodology leverages the organization’s analytical architecture and tools to reveal insights, provide understanding, and recommend direction.

Systems Overview and Supported Data Analytics By SDDC Instructor, SDDC | Wednesday, Oct. 24 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | TBD


3D Printing Additive Manufacturing By Jason Ray, Paperless Parts | Wednesday, Oct. 24 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm | TBD


Supply Chain Risk Data Analytics By Matt Mills, Resilinc | Wednesday, Oct. 24 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm | TBD

Learn how top companies are using information, not inventory, to assure supply and the tools and processes required to transform risk management into a competitive advantage. This session will discuss how linking deep, multi-tier intelligence to risk data and news events can drive efficiencies in organizations to provide real return on investments in risk management.

Legislation and Policy Track

Track Description: Updating the environment in transportation policy and the impact of leadership in support of DOD logistics.

Legislation Impact | By Kurt LaFrance, USTRANSCOM | Monday, Oct. 22 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm | TBD


Transportation Policy – Partnership with Industry | By Adam Yearwood, OSD | Monday, Oct. 22 | 10:00 – 11:30 am | TBD

Learn the key factors that lead to policy changes through an overview of the steps and processes for DoD transportation policy creation and revision. Coordination with both government and industry stakeholders will be conveyed to understand the many steps of the collaborative process.

Foreign Entity Vetting Update | By Peter Ries, USTRANSCOM | Monday, Oct. 22 | 8:00 – 9:30 am | TBD


Government – Industry Ethical Engagement | By Lou Rae Langevin, USTRANSCOM | Wednesday, Oct. 24 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | TBD


US Infrastructure and Asset Deployment Track

Track Description: The expanding role of DOD in protecting US infrastructure from disruptive events along with industry perspectives.

Supply Chain Transportation Disruptions | By David Willauer, Cambridge Systematics | Monday, Oct. 22 | 10:00 – 11:30 am | TBD


US Transportation Infrastructure – Challenges and Strengths By Scott Brotemarkle, Transportation Research Board | Monday, Oct. 22 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm | TBD


Catastrophic Transportation Events of 2017, Emergency Support Function One By Donna O’Berry and Mike Callahan, DOT | Wednesday, Oct. 24 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | TBD

This is a comprehensive discussion of how the Secretary of Transportation, Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the President were advised on our national transportation system during the multiple catastrophic hurricanes, wild fires, and mudslide events of 2017.  ESF-1 supports DHS by assisting Federal, state, tribal, and local governments; voluntary organizations; nongovernmental organizations; and the private sector in the management of transportation systems and infrastructure during domestic threats or incidents.


Introduction to Transportation Modes, Processes, and Enablers

Track Description: XXXX

Sealift Industry Panel By Dave Deboer, Liberty Maritime | Monday, Oct. 22 | 4:00 – 5:30 pm | TBD


Rail Industry Panel By Theresa Loniser, BNSF | Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | TBD


LTL/TL Trucking – The Gap between DoD and Industry (Panel) By William Wanamaker, American Trucking Association | Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm | TBD


Air Carrier Industry Panel By Michael White, Cargo Network Services | Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm | TBD


Trucking Industry Panel By Donald Newell, National Motor Freight Traffic Association | Wednesday, Oct. 24 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | TBD



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