Surface Force Projection Conference

May 18-20, 2021

Surface Force Projection Conference

“CONUS to the INDO-PACIFIC Region:  Projecting Forces through Strategic Ports to Provide Combat Power”

May 18-20, 2021


All SFPC Registrants will have access to video content through August 27, 2021.

The National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and Christopher Newport University’s Center for American Studies (CAS) jointly present the NDTA-CAS Surface Force Projection Conference (Virtual):  CONUS to the INDO-PACIFIC Region: Projecting Forces through Strategic Ports to Provide Combat Power (SFPC), May 18-20, 2021.

The conference brings together U.S. government and industry subject matter experts in logistics and transportation to examine the challenges associated with deployment and employment of forces and equipment in support of U.S. national security objectives.  Specifically, this conference focuses on the deployment and movement of U.S. Military Forces and sustainment from CONUS to the INDO-PACIFIC region considering Dynamic Force Employment to develop a range of options while leveraging Strategic Port readiness and a wide-range of surface connectors needed to respond to U.S. security threats.

The SFPC will feature:

  • Meetings and Breakout Sessions – meet and network with government and industry leaders focused on ports and the surface logistics and transportation industry
  • Keynote Speakers – engage with our six senior Government, Military and Industry speakers to receive updates on the defense industrial base, global force projection, strategic seaports, cybersecurity challenges and unique challenges of operating in the vast INDO-PACIFIC region.
  • Panels – learn from our five panels as their moderators guide the discussion across topics on the surface deployment of forces, labor challenges, and resolving the logistics gaps and seams in a contested environment

Join NDTA and CAS along with the NDTA Surface Committee and Ports Subcommittee as we team with USTRANSCOM’s Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD), the Association of American Port Authorities (AAPA), and the logistics and transportation Industry along with academia to find creative and innovative ways to improve deployment readiness, solve challenges and improve U.S. ability and capability to respond and operate in a global, multi-domain, and contested environment.


VADM Dee Mewbourne, USN
Deputy Commander,
U.S. Transportation Command

Lt Gen Sam C. Barrett, USAF
Director for Logistics,
The Joint Staff/J4

MG David Wilson, USA
8th Theater Sustainment Command

MG Charles Hamilton, USA
Assistant Deputy
Chief of Staff, G-4,
U.S. Army

Mr. Eric Mensing
President and CEO, American President Lines, LLC

Mr. Ted Rybeck
Chair, Benchmarking Partners / Chair, NDTA Cybersecurity Best Practices Committee

Dr. Paul Horn
Founding Partner & Executive Chair, Venly


Ms. Kristina M. O’Brien, SES
Principal Deputy Director of Strategic Logistics, The Joint Staff/J4

COL Joseph R. Morrow, USA
Deputy Commanding Officer, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command

Mr. Bruce Busler, SES
Director, Joint Distribution Process Analysis Center, U.S. Transportation Command

Mr. Ernest Bezdek
Director of Business Development, Port of Beaumont, Texas


2022  •  May 16-20, 2022  •  Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA

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Join the National Defense Transportation Association’s global association of transportation, logistics and passenger travel professionals. Experience competitive benefits, rewarding professional development courses, exciting networking opportunities, and create a strong, efficient transportation system for the United States.

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