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 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.

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.

Preparing Acquisition for the Future | By Gail Jorgenson & Dale Shelton USTRANSCOM AQ | Monday, Oct. 22 | 8:00 – 9:30 am | TBD

How the Acquisition workforce integrates and codifies the business relationships with our strategic industry partners, thus enabling USTC to effectively and efficiently manage their deployment and distribution mission. How do we provide innovative contracting and programmatic solutions in response to user requirements, IT products & services, and expert consulting services in an ever changing complex operating environment?  Using the “4th Component” to support the soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coastguardsmen/women who serve our nation.  More Details – Acquisition and Finance – Jorgenson & Shelton

Readiness Programs | By Mickey Muskopf, Greg Hunt, Tim Boemecke & Scott Hill  USTRANSCOM AQ and J5/4 | Monday, Oct. 22 | 10:00 – 11:30 am | TBD

Summarize the CRAF & VISA programs, what’s new with the recently awarded (1 Oct 18) contracts, Highlight the benefits of being a CRAF Carrier and VISA 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 mission’s supported including operational support, FEMA, and disaster relief. Contracts with commercial readiness partners contribute ~88% of US land transport; 50% of global air movement; 64% of global sealift for USTRANSCOM’s global mobility capability.  Discuss how contracts such as Multi-Model, Regional Airlift, Stevedoring, USC, CAT-A, IHAT all support the readiness programs on a strategic and tactical level.  (Contract Price & Type).

USTRANSCOM Initiatives – A Financial Perspective | By Dan McMillin, USTRANSCOM | Monday, Oct. 22 | 10:00 – 11:30 am | TBD

This course reviews USTRANSCOM’s Big Five Transformational Initiatives (Transportation Management System, Global Operations Center, DPS Prototype and Personal Property Division realignment, Sprint to Cloud, Sprint to Big Data), focusing on financial planning, considerations, and impacts.

Transportation and Logistics Services (T&LS) Category Management | By Stephen Lord & Kevin Kachinski Office of the Secretary of Defense | Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | TBD

The session provides an overview of Category Management principles OMB uses to drive  government towards managing spend on a whole of government basis. The session also discusses how the T&LS team identifies Category Management initiatives and will provide an overview of current T&LS initiatives.  More Details – Acquisition and Finance – Lord & Kachinsky

Preparing Successful Proposals | By Suzanne Mudd-Yarber & Andrea Mouser, USTRANSCOM AQ | Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm | TBD

Describes how and where to look for opportunities to do business with USTRANSCOM.  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 common mistakes in proposal.  Key areas of emphasis will include:  the RFP, understanding the requirement, proposal format, timeliness and communication with the contracting officer during the proposal process.  Examples of mistakes will be provided during the discussion. More Details – Acquisition and Finance – Mudd-Yarber & Mouser

From Requirements to Acquisition at DLA & USTRANSCOM  | By Sean Caulfield, Roxanne Banks, Tamara Thouvenot, 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.

Stakeholder Roles in Defining Requirements | Will Fugate & Will Henderson, USTRANSCOM AQ | Monday, Oct. 22 | 4:00 – 5:30 pm | TBD

Provide insights into the Requirements Definition process and the stakeholders’ (government and Industry) roles in defining a requirement in anticipation of shaping the solicitation.  This session explains the 7 Steps in the Service Acquisition Process beginning with Forming the Team through Performance Management.

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 & MAJ Chris Baldwin, USSOCOM J4| 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 COL Don Nestor, USAFRICOM J4 | Monday, Oct 22 | 8:00 – 9:30 am | TBD


Geographic Combatant Command Framework to Leverage Logistics Innovation By Larry Pleis, USCENTCOM | Monday, Oct. 22 | 4:00 – 5:30 pm | TBD


Defense Security Cooperation | By Byron Hinrichsen, DSCA | Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm | TBD


Military Mobility in European Theater By RADM Paul Verrastro, EUCOM J4 | Wednesday, Oct. 24 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | TBD

The course will present the USEUCOM J4 focus on military mobility as the security environment changes and the COCOM shifts its reliance on posture and speed to deter our competitors.  The close synchronization with NATO’s Enablement Plan for Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) Area of Responsibility and the European Union’s Action Plan will be reviewed.

Commercial Logistics Supporting the Warfighter Track

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

CMOS I2P Conversion Update to GFM SPE By Jay Powelson (FedEx), Bernard Crosby (AFLCMC), John Mannino (SDDC), Panel discussion | Monday, Oct 22 | 8:00 – 9:30 am | TBD

This course will provide an update on the Cargo Movement Operations System (CMOS) development which will consume Global Freight Management (GFM)’s newest web services with the goal of retiring all I2P carrier modules.  Join members of the CMOS and GFM Program Management Offices for a sneak preview of these new CMOS capabilities.  More Details – Commercial Logisitcs – Powelson, Crosby & Mannino

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


Logistics and National Security By Joe Spruill, Eisenhower School | Monday, Oct. 22 | 10:00 – 11:30 am | TBD

For over 240 years, the US security ecosystem has required mobilization and citizen buy-in to engage in major conflicts.  Today, the US is faced with an increasingly complex global security environment.   Faced with overt challenges to a free and open international order, and re-emergence of long-term, strategic competition between nations.   This course will examine the 2018 National Defense Strategy, the current security ecosystem, compare and contrast to historical references, and postulate on what it means for Government and Industry relationships to successfully maintain our national security.

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

Government and Industry work closely to manage cargo movements in the Middle East.  Where this cooperation occurs in many other routes the focus of the class will be on the Middle East’s Iraq movements and Trans Arabian Networks. More Details – Commercial Logistics – Chapell

XXXX By William Flynn, Past NDTA Chairman, Atlas Air | Monday, Oct. 22 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm | TBD


TBD By Bill Woodhour (Vice Chair, NDTA), Maersk Line | Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | TBD


Apply Theory of Constraints in Logistics By Sridhar Chandra, 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. More Details – Commercial Logistics – Chandra

Defense Security from a Logistics Perspective By Dr. Todd McAllister, Eisenhower School | Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm | TBD


Cyber Track

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

Cyber Attacks; How to Reduce Your Risks and be Cyber Resilient By Michel 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. More Details – Cyber – Dinning

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

Instructors will discuss new efforts to working with government and commercial partners to improve the timely exchange of information, cybersecurity, resilience, recovery, and mission assurance across the transportation enterprise, which includes Government, DoD, and commercial networks. More Details – Cyber – Cronin, Biehl, & Moyano

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


Why Your Supply Chain is a Cyber Risk and How to Manage ItBy Jon Boyens, National Institute of Standards and Technology | Monday, Oct. 22 | 4:00 – 5:30 pm | TBD

The session will showcase the key actions organizations of any type and size can do to begin taking control of their cyber supply chain risks. It will document how traditional tools for supply chain risk management also mitigate cyber risks. The session will also highlight the importance of collaborative security. More Details – Cyber – Boyens

Cyber Supply Chain Risk ManagementBy Don Davidson , Office of the Deputy DoD-CIO for Cybersecurity | Wednesday, Oct. 24 | 1:30 – 3:00 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.

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. More Details – Cyber – Muccin

Cybersecurity and Education – An  Imperative for National SecurityBy Daryl R. Hancock, McKendree University | Monday, Oct. 22 | 4:00 – 5:30 pm | TBD

The presentation will cover cyber threats at all echelons, and offer long needed educational solutions that can help close the workforce talent gap, while reducing our vulnerability at the personal, professional and national level.

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, 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. More Details – DoD Global Transportation – Cantu

The Reserve Component, and Its Critical Role in Supporting the Defense Transportation Network – A Roundtable Discussion By MG Daniel Ammerman, JTRU | Monday, Oct. 22 | 8:00 – 9:30 pm | TBD

Reserve/Guard senior leaders from USTRANSCOM and its Service Components – SDDC, MSC, and AMC – join together in a roundtable discussion to share their viewpoints on the critical role the Reserves and Guard play every day in supporting the USTRANSCOM and their Component’s mission.  The general/flag officer panelists will draw on statistics, relay personal stories/experiences, and field student questions for a dynamic, interactive session.

Ammunition and Explosives Safety Workshop Part 2 By Elias Cantu, 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. More Details – DoD Global Transportation – Cantu

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

This session will provide government shippers and commercial carriers information about U.S. Bank and its freight payment processes. Discussion will include an overview of recent enhancements to payment audibility, cybersecurity, trend analysis and reporting. Government entities rely on U.S. Bank Freight Payment to automate invoice processing, improve freight audit and payment and extend working capital benefits. More Details – DoD Global Transportation – Lineberger

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

This class provides an overview of a variety of transportation programs and other items of interest for Transportation Officers (TOs) to include cost disputes, programs, documentation requirements, shipment planning and carrier performance.  More Details – DoD Global Transportation – Morgan

Advancing Logistics in the Digital Age By RADM Dee Mewbourne, Commander, MSC | Monday, Oct. 22 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm | TBD

In this session, COMSC will discuss NAVTRANS’ initiatives to advance capabilities in providing assured maritime logistics to the joint warfighter.  Topics will include: alternative logistics platforms & transfer methodologies, cloud based applications, and digital twin/conditions based modeling to better inform maintenance decisions.

XXXX By RADM John Polowzyck, JSJ4 | Monday, Oct. 22 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm | TBD


Commercial Pickup and Delivery Options  for Unique DoD Shipping Requirements By Dave Blackford, USTRANSCOM J5/4 | Monday, Oct. 22 | 4:00 – 5:30 pm | TBD

Do you have a unique shipping requirement?  Discover the various commercial cargo pickup and delivery services available to shippers.  Whether you are shipping an express package, worldwide heavyweight air freight, domestic cargo, or have an ocean surface request, there’s a solution to meet your shipping requirements.

Military Logistics and Its Impact on Modern Warfare By George Topic and Dr. Cheris Paparone, Center for Joint and Strategic Logistics | Monday, Oct. 22 | 4:00 – 5:30 pm | TBD


Delivering Readiness in an Unpredictable WorldBy MG Stephen Farmen, Commanding General,  SDDC | Monday, Oct. 22 | 4:00 – 5:30 pm | TBD

This class will “look back to look forward,” then review how this equates to today.  Finally, the  class will discuss being successful in an unpredictable world.

Where You Stand, Depends on Where You Sit – An Examination of Varying Perspectives Between the DOD and Industry | By Jim Utley, Bleu Hilburn, Michael Cashner, NDTA Surface Committee | Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | TBD

This class examines the difference in perspective that the military has on industry and, conversely, that industry has on the military.   It is intended to be both informational and entertaining.   The class will be led by three retired Army Transportation Officers. More Details – DoD Global Transportation – NDTA Surface Committee

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


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

This course provides an overview of the operations of the Defense Transportation Tracking System (DTTS) office, and the safety and security concerns associated with AA&E and TPS shipments in the public domain. More Details – DoD Global Transportation – Boasso

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

Patient care and movement.

USTRANSCOM Joint Enabling Capabilities Command (JECC) By Maj Gen Lenny Richoux, JECC/CC | Wednesday, Oct. 24 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | TBD

This course will provide an overview of the U.S. Transportation Command’s Joint Enabling Capabilities Command and how it provides mission-tailored, joint capability packages to combatant commanders in order to facilitate the rapid establishment of a Joint Force Headquarters, fulfill Global Response Force execution, and bridge joint operational requirements.

GSA Transportation AuditingBy Janelle Scribner, GSA Office of  Travel, Employee Relocation and Transportation | Wednesday, Oct. 24 | 3:00 – 5:30 pm | TBD


Intelligence and Information Sharing By Dalton Jones, TCJ2 | Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm | TBD


Publicly Available Information (PAI) By Maj John Biszko, AMC | Wednesday, Oct. 24 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | TBD

Modern tools allow for information from social media to fill critical gaps in military applications of structured analytic techniques.  This class discusses using these tools to enable predictive assessments of adversary behavior in key avenues of approach related to global reach and power.

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

The purpose of this training is to teach how to successfully and effectively manage DoD owned, leased or controlled ISO containers.

Motor/Rail Large Volume Movements By Benjamin Jensen & Randall Hartner, SDDC | Wednesday, Oct 24 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm | TBD

The course will provide an overview of SDDC’s process for soliciting/negotiating tender rates supporting large volume movements, lanes with no tender rates on file and shipments with unique requirements. More Details – DoD Global Transportation – Hardtner & Jensen


Innovation, Technology, and Analytics Track

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

Sea Service Deployment Module (SSDM) Unit Move SystemBy Lance Mabee, SDDC | Monday, Oct. 22 | 8:00 – 9: 30 am | TBD

The Sea Service Deployment Module (SSDM) is a multi-user collaborative ICODES web application that assists the United States Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard in sourcing unit move requirements. This session will include an overview of the SSDM application and how it supports the unit move functions: Unit Deployment List Building, Requesting Transportation, and Preparing Request and Execution Documentation. More Details – Innovation – Mabee

Drones and Robotics’ Impact on Logistics By Matt Yearling, PINC| Monday, Oct 22 | 10:00 – 11:30 am | TBD

In this rapidly changing environment, the only way to stay competitive, drive superior performance, and better serve your customers is by combining automation and investment in digital technologies. Thanks to advancements in technology including cloud computing, internet of things (IoT), drones, and mobile, the digital supply chain experience can now be real-time, data-driven, automated, integrated, and connected. We will explore how industry leading companies are leveraging autonomous drones to overcome complex and specific inventory challenges and are improving inventory accuracy and employee safety while reducing costs.

A Primer on Blockchain Technology and it’s Potential to Disrupt the Transportation Industry By Jennifer Wieroniey and Kenneth Craig, 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. More Details – Innovation and Technology – Wieroniey

Rapid Global Mobility Thru Space By Lt Col Nathan Kitzke & Capt Andrea Harrington, AMC | Monday, Oct. 22 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm | TBD

This class will introduce the impacts of point-to-point space lift.  We will discuss what potential capabilities space lift could provide in the future for DoD transportation and logistics.  Also, we will discuss potential future markets for transportation and logistics solutions in space.

Effectively Managing Cyber Supply Chain Risk: Reviewing The EvidenceBy Sandor Boyson, University of Maryland, Supply Chain Management Center, Smith School of Business| Tuesday, Oct 23 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm | TBD

This session will review the findings of an almost decade-long funded research collaboration between the Supply Chain Management Center of the R. H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland and the National Institute Of Standards & Technology.   This research focused on the emerging discipline of Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management (CSCRM) and on gathering large-scale survey and other data on industrial practices. In 2017, this collaboration expanded to include the insurance industry (Zurich & Beecher Carlson) and produced the first evidence-based analysis of the impacts of enterprise cyber supply chain risk practices on cyber-breach outcomes.

Enterprise Data Sciences By Bruce Busler, 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.

SDDC Business Systems By Chris Helby, SDDC | Wednesday, Oct. 24 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | TBD

SDDC’s business systems provide the capability to electronically procure commercial transportation services for the global strategic deployment of DOD-sponsored cargo.  SDDC delivers a suite of business portals accessible by shippers, and commercial carriers to support mission execution and the responsibilities specified in the Universal Services Contract.  This session will include an overview of SDDC’s business systems. More Details – Innovation – Heiby

Blockchain Technology Demystified for the Military Supply Chain By Gus Creedon (LMI) & Annette Mueller (Maersk) | Wednesday, Oct 24 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm | TBD

In this session, LMI will present a practical overview of what blockchain database technology enables, why it is called a chain, and specifically how the Defense logistics community might use it in various ways. Maersk will provide an introduction to TradeLens.

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

Join USTRANSCOM senior leaders from across the command to talk about the Transportation Management System prototype.  TRANSCOM, at the direction of the DoD, is taking a whole new approach to integrating the Defense Travel System using a commercial, off-the-shelf transportation management system through a phased prototype process.  Hear from leadership who are six months into the two-year project and be a part of the discussion as we talk about the opportunities and challenges of moving toward a more integrated system that allows planning and shipment tracking as well as payment and billing transparency for global movements.

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.

State of the Industry: Heavy Vehicle  Automated Technology By Ross Froat, ATA Mike Cammisa, Cammisa Consulting
Fred Andersky, Bendix
| Monday, Oct. 22 | 4:00 – 5:30 pm | TBD

The purpose and reality for moving toward automated driving is clear – technology embraces efficiency and solutions in many sectors of business productivity. The U.S. trucking industry faces several shortcomings now and more in the near future. Vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers are working expeditiously on perfecting automated and vehicle platooning technologies, and government regulators are struggling to keep pace.

Legislation and Policy Track

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

Requirements to Legislation; A Case Study | By Kurt LaFrance, Col Doug Hall, Lt Col Chris Thackaberry USTRANSCOM LA | Monday, Oct. 22 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm | TBD

This course will provide insight on how concepts and operational requirements can ultimately result in legislation.  We will present a case study on sealift recapitalization over a period of approximately 4 years which led to a significant change in U.S. law allowing for the purchase of foreign-built sealift vessels.  We will also provide an update on congressional actions and challenges for the next legislative cycle.

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. More Details – Legislation and Policy – Yearwood

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

This class will discuss the background, policy, and procedures for United States Transportation Command (USTRANCOM) Foreign Entity Vetting (FEV) Program, including implementation for transportation contracts. The FEV Program assesses and validates foreign transportation contractor suitability, as well as identifies illicit activities of foreign transportation vendors performing as a prime contractor or subcontractor under a USTRANSCOM transportation contract.

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

The relationship and Interaction between Industry and Government is confusing, full of misconceptions, and unfairly stigmatized.  Getting it wrong can be a career-ender.  So who can you talk to, what can you say, and can you discuss future jobs?  This lesson will explore SECDEF’s recent policy guidance about relations with industry and contractors,  and the legal rules that impact the process from both sides.  The student will learn solid, practical ways to successfully navigate the legal minefield with mission and career intact.

US Infrastructure and Asset Deployment Track

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

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

Measuring Impacts of Transportation Supply Chain Disruptions; Natural and man-made disasters can have a profound impact on US supply chains that fuel our economy. Shippers rely on supply chain risk management technicques to prepare for such contingencies.

US Transportation Infrastructure Resilience and National Defense: Challenges and Opportunities By Scott Brotemarkle, Jon Meyer, John Contestabile, Dave Metcalf, Transportation Research Board | Monday, Oct. 22 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm | TBD

This session will discuss various aspects related to the resilience of the US transportation system and its infrastructure in relation to areas of importance to the national defense community by Transportation Research Board leaders in military transportation, critical infrastructure protection, and the logistics of disaster recovery and business continuity. Topics to be addressed include improving freight transportation system resilience, the planning nexus between public agencies and the defense community, and the challenges associated with supply chain disruption and recovery.  More Details – US Infrastructure – Broetmarkle, et al

Public Private Partnerships and Humanitarian Assistance By Frank Clary, Agility | Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 3:30 – 5:00 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.

Maritime Environmental Law and Impact on Global Transport By Bryant Gardner and Allen Black, The Winston Law Firm | Wednesday, Oct. 24 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm | TBD

The course will examine current maritime environmental law issues and challenges facing ocean carriers, operators, and shippers.  Specifically, the presentation will explore recent law enforcement actions and trends as they pertain to marine pollution and ocean shipping, root causes of pollution incidents, and potential impacts upon both operators and customers of transoceanic vessels.  Participants will consider potential impacts on the government contractor and military supply chain. More Details – US Infrastructure – Gardner & Black

Introduction to Transportation Modes

Track Description:

As in past Fall Meetings, this track seeks to offer sessions of interest to transportation novices along with experienced transporters. Sessions will offer panels on rail, maritime, aviation and trucking modes.

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

The Maritime industry has evolved from delivering product to a port to providing multi modal delivery to points inland. This panel will discuss what external market forces made the Maritime Industry expand their multimodal transportation offerings, how that multimodal product expanded, and what process they took to add multimodal capability.

Rail Industry Panel By Phil Schulz (BNSF), Eric Cunnigham (CSX), Don Jones (Norfolk Southern), Lonnie Ortez (Union Pacific) | Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | TBD

This session will start with a brief history of the railroad. Moving into discussion on governing agencies (FRA, ARR, STB) and how they influence our industry.  We plan on discussing how the RR’s work together to serve the DoD as efficiently as possible. We will also be talking about the rail fleet & its uniqueness. We will be closing out with technology specific items that continue to help us to improve on safety & efficiencies. More Details – Intro to Transportation – Schulz et al

Transportation Officers’ Guide to Attracting Capacity (Panel) By Bill Wanamaker (ATA GFC), Joe Filipiak (FedEx Freight),
Brian Carter (YRC)
| Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm | TBD

This course is designed to show you how to become a DoD shipper-of-choice in a hot, tight-capacity market. Whether you are a business depending on a reliable freight-service provider to keep your supply chain moving, or a Transportation Officer with thousands of forward-deployed warriors depending on you to keep them in the fight, finding a reliable freight carrier in the midst of a hot economy is something worth worrying about. This session will give you the edge to become a preferred shipper, one to whom carriers will timely respond with quality service. Transcom’s General Darren McDew referred to freight carriers as the fourth component. More Details – Intro to Transportation – Wanamaker, Filipiak, & Carter

Air Cargo Leading Global Changes in ShippingBy Michael White, Cargo Network Services | Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm | TBD

This course will look at changes in air cargo over the past several decades. Air cargo has been much the same since the early 1970’s with the increase number of wide-body aircraft being used for both passenger and air cargo.   The new generation aircraft types like the Boeing 787, Airbus A350 and the upcoming designs for the Boeing 777X have changed the way air cargo moves around the world.   With the added capability of range with full loads of cargo, the way air cargo moves has changed as well.  More Details – Intro to Transportation – White

LTL (Less-Than-Truckload) Trucking and US Government Traffic; It Ain’t Easy!By Donald Newell & Jeff Cooper, National Motor Freight Traffic Association | Wednesday, Oct. 24 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | TBD

In this session you will learn more about how LTL freight moves from origin to destination and why the characteristics of the freight itself—its density, handling, stowability and liability—including its packaging, as well as proper commodity descriptions on the bill of lading, are important to the LTL carrier for it to ensure safe and efficient movement of the goods. More Details – Intro to Transportation – Newell


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