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Transportation Academy Courses

All Transportation Academy courses 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 the topical tracks and courses HERE.

Additionally, U.S. Bank will conduct a freight payment lab on Oct. 11. A 1-hour session (time and location TBA) will  provide Government shippers and commercial carriers information about U.S. Bank and its freight payment processes. Discussion will include recent cyber security measures as well as updates to payment audibility, trend analysis and reporting  now available. Throughout the day, U.S. Bank Freight Payment will also conduct personalized training via dedicated laptops. U.S. Bank technicians will be available to assist with any questions related to invoice approval actions, working with summary invoices, as well as creating specialized reports.

2017 topical tracks


Covers best practices in procurement for DOD agencies and combatant commands with sessions offered by TRANSCOM and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, AT&L.  See courses in this track


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Cyber Security

The rapid evolution in the integration of information technology with transportation and logistics systems maximizes optimization of these systems while simultaneously bringing greater vulnerability. These sessions will define cyber security and best practices, along with identifying stakeholders at TRANSCOM, the Department of Homeland Security, and the commercial sector. See courses in this track

DOD Transportation

Perspectives  from both DOD and commercial sector on the operation of transportation modes for DOD and the collaboration with industry. See courses in this track

Global Logistics

These sessions will offer forecasts on new developments and identify how DOD transportation operates within a global logistics system. See courses in this track


Technology is advancing exponentially, and impacting organizations in both the commercial and public sectors. These sessions will examine changes in transportation operating systems including autonomous vehicles, 3D printing and others. See courses in this track

Introduction to Transportation Modes

The basics of all modes – air, truck, rail and maritime – are important to know and build upon. Sessions will offer perspectives from freight forwarding, express shipping, maritime transport  and more. See courses in this track

IT Systems & In-Transit Visibility

Our ability to have visibility throughout the logistics process enables us to effectively manage these systems, reduce inventory and more effectively meet customer requirements. These sessions will offer various perspectives on the impact of IT systems. See courses in this track

Leadership & Professional Development

These courses cover the training of logistics leaders and organization leadership,from both a DOD perspective and the Wehmiller Leadership Institute. See courses in this track

Legislation & Policy

What sources impact policy for DOD transportation and acquisition? These sessions offer perspectives from the Office of the Secretary of Defense and TRANSCOM. See courses in this track

Patient Movement

What are the logistics of moving patients from the battlefield to medical care when locations may be close or very distance? This track will explore these logistics. See courses in this track

2017 course listings (by topical track)

Acquisition track Track 1

Contracted carriers global reach | By Oswaldo Bormeo, DHL

Category managment | By Lisa Roberts, OSD ATL

How to prepare a great proposal & avoid mistakes | By Dr. David Hoag, USTRANSCOM

This course will provide insights for any offeror responding to a Request for Proposal (RFP).  Discussion will focus on understanding the government RFP and the requirement to avoid mistakes in proposal.  Examples of mistakes will be provided during the discussion.

Acquisition at USTRANSCOM – The organization | By Tammy Thouvenot, Marie Pendergast & Gina Lee, USTRANSCOM

This course is intended for government and industry participants who desire to learn how USTRANSCOM acquisition is organized and the mission of each division and branch.  This will provide an understanding what services USTRANSCOM acquires through Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) based contracts and USTRANSCOM Acquisition Points of Contact.

USTRANSCOM acquisition tips (small business) | By Suzanne Mudd-Yarber, USTRANSCOM

This course is intended for industry participants to identify where and how to look for opportunities to do business with USTRANSCOM and provide acquisition tips on proposal preparation.  Participants will be able to identify where to go to look for opportunities followed by a question and answer session.

The performance work statement | By Andrea Mouser & Keri Lindsco, USTRANSCOM

This session explains the performance work statement (PWS), how the PWS is used, and how to write performance objectives and performance standards as well as appropriate formatting.

Small business opportunities with MSC | By Jim Kanash, Military Sealift Command

How to identify and locate specific business opportunities with Military Sealift Command, and the NAVY, with candid advice and guidance on how to respond to Sources Sought Notices, Market Surveys, and RFIs.

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Analytics track Track 2

Analytics in defense transportation – A growing opportunity for better decision making | By Bruce Bussler, SES, USTRANSCOM

Sealift readiness prediction – A novel concept | By Dr. Clark Capshaw, Military Sealift Command

Challenged to identify the determinants of ship readiness and build a tool to enable DoD to predict it, this class will present an equation that moves DoD in the right direction. The  predictive equation combines metrics from manpower, underway experience, individual/ship class measures,  and logistics measures.  Preliminary results indicate this tool will be quite useful as a predictive readiness measure.

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Cyber Security track Track 3

Cyber security in transportation | By Michael Dining, Volpe, The National Transportation System Center

Insider threats | By Joey Alonso, Quortum

Cyber threats and our globe | by Jeff Stutzman, Wapack Labs

Supply chain risk management | By Jennifer Biscegle, Interos

The DOD Trusted Foundry Program | By Kaye Ortiz, Trusted Foundry

DHS roles & responsibilities with regard to cyber security & industry | By Department of Homeland Security

DOD Cyber Crime Center (DC3)…Keeping you “Left of Boom” | By DC3

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DOD Transportation track Track 4

Cold War | By Don Stanton, University of Colorado

Transportation engineering | By Shawn Leight, CBB Transportation

Small package express web service | By John Mannino, Global Freight Management; Bernard Cosby, AF LCMC VES/HIA, Jay Powelson, FedEx

GFM developed a Small Package Express web service, CMOS will begin consuming this service early in calendar year 2018 replacing all I2P carrier modules. Join a panel of technical experts, program managers, and SPE super users for a sneak preview of the new system.

AMC operating in an Anti-Access and Area Denial (A2AD) environment | By Gen Carlton D. Everhart, II, Commander, Air Mobility Command

Contested environment | By RADM Dee Mewbourne, Commander, Military Sealift Command

The world is changing.  We now have to consider operating in Contested Environments.  This course will draw attention to how we must now think differently. Areas to consider include: (a) what additional skills do our commercial mariners need; (b) what changes would we need to make in how we operate.

Domestic arms, ammunition & explosives (AA&E) and transportation protective service (TPS) motor shipments  | By Surface Deployment & Distribution Command

Motor/Rail large volume movements (OPR-G3) | By Surface Deployment & Distribution Command

Transportation programs overview for GOCARE, DTR and more (OPR-G3) | By Surface Deployment & Distribution Command

Documentation for CSS/ESS, TCMD, Syncada, CAB & DODACCs (OPR-G6) | By Surface Deployment & Distribution Command

Planning & booking for export traffic release requests (OPR-G3) | By Surface Deployment & Distribution Command

Shipping container management | By Tom Parker, U.S. Transportation Command

This class is designed to inform logistics leaders/professionals on the importance of proper shipping container management and inventory.  The class will discuss the new Military Standard 3037 for container inspections, as well as recent changes to policy documents and regulations.

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Global Logistics track Track 5

Disaster logistics | By Gilberto Castro, DHL

Global logistics best practices | By Chris Kelly, Center for Joint and Strategic Logistics

Supply chain management, part 1 | By Dr. Cindy Minor, St. Louis University

Supply chain management, part 2 | By Dr. Cindy Minor, St. Louis University

Multi-modal transportation | By Mike Chappel, Global Logistics Providers

International multi-modal transport means the carriage of goods by at least two different modes of transport on the basis of a multi-modal transport contract from a place in one country at which the goods are taken in charge by the multi-modal transport operator to a place designated for delivery situated in a different country.  The basic and regularly reoccurring are truck to air, truck to ocean or rail to ocean. To service the Defense Transportation System this can also include tuck to ocean to air to truck or other variant. The multi-modal transport operator has to manage different corporate and industry cultures, processes, and limitations of each mode. Understanding intimately each mode and how to access and manage each to bring the best value to the customer.

Defense Logistics Agency 101 | By Joy Carter & Nat Hale, Defense Logistics Agency

Operations plan/Problem set crosswalk approach to logistics challenges  | By Jim Phelps, APICS St. Louis

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Innovation track Track 6

Automated vehicles 101 | By Jonathan Koopman, Volpe, The National Transportation System Center

Marine Corps logistics innovations | By Kevin Stewart, USMC

The road to saving 100,000 miles through optimization analytics | By Jack Levis, UPS

3D printing & logistics | By Rich Wagner, UPS

The digital supply chain | By Mike Nayden & Harry Krukenberg, Deloitte

Navy logistics | By CAPT Eric Bach, U.S. Navy

USMC innovative logistics | By Capt Chris Wood, USMC

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Introduction to Transportation Modes track Track 7

Unmanned aerial vehicles | By Don Stanton, University of Colorado

Trucking updates | By Paul Levine, National Motor Freight Transport

Maritime transportation | By Dave DeBoer, Liberty Global Logistics

The freight forwarder | By Brandon Fried, Airfreight Forwarders Association

Express shipping & e-commerce | By Lloyd Knight, Matt Bracken & Rich Wagner, UPS

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IT Systems & In-Transit Visibility track Track 8

Cargo Movement Operations System (CMOS) – How it enhances unit move planning & execution | By Dave Blackford, U.S. Transportation Command

USTRANSCOM J4-L and HQ USMC will discuss new and innovative ways to use CMOS for moving unit move cargo via organic/convoy routes as well as utilizing satellite technology with CMOS for visibility over the last tactical mile.  The CMOS Program Office will be on-hand to provide a live demonstration, talk about upcoming capabilities and interfaces, and answer any systems related questions.

Integrated Booking System & GATES (OPR-G3) | By Surface Deployment & Distribution Command

Global Freight Managment (GFM) overview (OPR-G6) | By Surface Deployment & Distribution Command

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Leadership & Professional Development track Track 9

Training logistics leaders| By James Hodge, Institute for Defense Readiness

The Cube: General Darren McDew’s leadership perspective | By Gen Darren McDew, Commander, U.S. Transportation Command

Growing future leaders is crucial in advancing your organization’s strategy. Discover how to do so and to “not” waste talent with “The Cube,” the most hard-hitting, no-punches-pulled presentation on leadership you’ll ever hear.

Performance & Trust – How high performing teams are built through behavior | By Matt Whiatt, Barry-Wehmiller Leadership Institute

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Legislation & Policy track Track 10

Government ethics | By Lou Rae Langevin, USTRANSCOM

Foreign entity vetting | By Pieter Ries, USTRANSCOM

Congress – How it works & current legislation impacting defense transportation | By Kurt LaFrance, USTRANSCOM

Update on OSD transportation policy | By Adam Yearwood, OSDTP

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Patient Movement track Track 11

Foxhole to hospital | By Col Paul Friedrichs, USTRANSCOM


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