Surface Force Projection Conference

May 17-20, 2021

Surface Force Projection Conference

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

May 17-20, 2021

Christopher Newport University
Newport News, Virginia

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:  CONUS to the INDO-PACIFIC Region: Projecting Forces through Strategic Ports to Provide Combat Power (SFPC) at Christopher Newport University, May 17-20, 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, Expo, and Receptions – meet and network with government and industry leaders focused on ports and the surface logistics and transportation industry
  • Keynote Speakers – engage with 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.


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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