Surface Force Projection Conference

May 18-20, 2021

While we strive to minimize changes, please check back periodically for schedule updates.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

8:00 – 9:00 am EDT

Surface Industry Engagement Sessions

8:20 – 8:40 am EDT

Surface Industry Engagement Session – American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier

Topic:  “Preparing for a Successful Unit Deployment – Lessons Learned from a Commercial Carrier Perspective”

Description:  Using the lessons learned from numerous large scale global military unit deployments to help prepare deploying units and military/commercial enablers for future success.

Speakers:  Ms. Sandy Santianna, Vice President, Customer Service, Pricing & Contracts and Mr. Ameed Micko, Vice President DoD Sales, American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier

8:40 – 9:00 am EDT

Surface Industry Engagement Session – American President Lines, LLC

Topic:  “Ship American – Restoring American Pride”

Description:  The historical importance of our U.S. Merchant Fleet and what we need to do to keep the industry afloat.  Why Cargo Preference laws are important and how we can support the U.S. Flag fleet of today.

Speaker:  Mr. Adam Peterson, Vice President, Business Development, American President Lines, LLC

9:00 – 9:15 am EDT

Break

9:15 am – 12:00 pm EDT

National Port Readiness Network (NPRN) Steering Group (MARAD)

(Government meeting – Please Note:  Participants will receive a separate invitation)

12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT

Lunch/Break

12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT

Surface Industry Engagement Sessions

12:00 – 12:20 pm EDT

Surface Industry Engagement Session – American President Lines, LLC

Topic:  “Sustainability – The Green Fleet”

Description:  Advancements in sustainability with the use of low sulfur fuel, cold ironing, LNG and how our U.S. Merchant Fleet is navigating a cleaner world.

Speaker:  Mr. Peter Mitchell, Senior Manager, Multimodal & Government Programs, American President Lines, LLC

12:20 – 12:40 pm EDT

Surface Industry Engagement Session – American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier

Topic:  “Preparing for a Successful Unit Deployment – Lessons Learned from a Commercial Carrier Perspective”

Description:  Using the lessons learned from numerous large scale global military unit deployments to help prepare deploying units and military/commercial enablers for future success.

Speakers:  Ms. Sandy Santianna, Vice President, Customer Service, Pricing & Contracts and Mr. Ameed Micko, Vice President DoD Sales, American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier

12:40 – 1:00 pm EDT

Surface Industry Engagement Session – American Maritime Congress

Topic:  “How the strategic adversaries of the U.S. exert control of the high seas, international ports and their domestic merchant marines to increase military hegemony”

Description:  A timely survey of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and how the maritime element remains a key component of China’s strategic long game. Likewise, a brief overview of Russia’s aspirations of leveraging its geographic advantages inherent in the Arctic shipping route (Northeast Passage)..

Speakers:  Mr. James Caponiti, President, American Maritime Congress, and Professor Salvatore Mercogliano, Campbell University

1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT

Breakout Session #1: MARAD – Strategic Ports (by invitation only)

Description:

  • MARAD Strategic Ports only
  • MARAD Strategic Port Program Administrative Issues – PRP, Security Clearances, Secure Equipment, etc.
  • Port Concerns & Recommendations regarding Process Improvements 

2:00 – 2:15 pm EDT

Break

2:15 – 4:15 pm EDT

NDTA Ports Subcommittee Meeting (open to all participants)

Description:  NDTA Ports Subcommittee meeting focused on identifying and resolving government and industry issues associated with ports and national defense.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

8:00 – 9:00 am EDT

Surface Industry Engagement Sessions

8:20 – 8:40 am EDT

Surface Industry Engagement Session – American Maritime Congress

Topic:  “What do DC Insiders really think of the U.S. Maritime Industry”

Description:  A professional polling firm recently tested different messaging concepts from the maritime industry with Capitol Hill influencers. Hear the breakdown of the results – which may surprise you – and the most strategic way to leverage the findings.

Speakers:  Mr. Fair Kim, Policy Director, American Maritime Congress, and Mr. David Rochkind, Creative Director, Ground Media

9:00 – 9:45 am EDT

 

Opening Ceremony

National Anthem – Ms. Sophia Nadder, Student at Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts

Opening Remarks:

  • Dr. Nathan Busch, Professor of Political Science and Co-Director, Center for American Studies, Christopher Newport University
  • Vice Adm. William “Andy” Brown, USN (Ret.), President and CEO, National Defense Transportation Association
  • Mr. Chris Connor, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Port Authorities
  • Mr. Kevin Tokarski, SES, Associate Administrator for Strategic Sealift, Maritime Administration; and Chair, National Port Readiness Network (NPRN) Steering Group
  • MG Heidi J. Hoyle, USA, Commanding General, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command

9:45 – 9:55 am EDT

Break

9:55 – 10:40 am EDT

Keynote Speaker #1:  Lt Gen Sam C. Barrett, USAF, Director for Logistics, The Joint Staff/J4

Topic:  Meeting the Joint Warfighting Concept’s Logistics Requirements

Discussion:  A look at the Joint Concept for Contested Logistics; three lines of effort: resilient, integrated logistics command and control; assured joint power projection; and sustainment for distributed operations – gaps and seams and what is needed from industry partners.

10:40 – 10:50 am EDT

Break

10:50 am – 12:35 pm EDT

Panel #1:  CONUS Operations Panel – Deploying Forces from CONUS

Moderator:  COL Joseph R. Morrow, USA, Deputy Commanding Officer (DCO), Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC)

Members:

  • COL William Arnold, USA, Commander, 596th Transportation Brigade, Ocean Terminal Sunny Point, Southport, North Carolina
  • Mr. Larry Kelley, Port Director/CEO, Port of Port Arthur, Texas
  • Mr. Chris Heibel, Senior Vice President Commercial, American Roll-On, Roll-Off Carrier
  • Mr. Dan Labyak, Director, Fleet Operations, CSX


Description:
  Hear first-hand from the experts how our surface partners can do a better job during “Speed of War” operations.  What challenges do our Battalion Commanders face during day-to-day operations and how can we, as surface partners, do a better job moving war fighting material to the war fighter?  

12:35 – 12:45 pm EDT

Break

12:45 – 1:30 pm EDT

Keynote Speaker #2:  General Edward M. Daly, USA, Commanding General, Army Materiel Command

Topic:  Defense Industrial Base Support to the Warfighter

Discussion:  A discussion of Strategic Readiness and Force Projection as it pertains to the Defense Industrial Base; challenges of the contested environment; thoughts about preposition equipment and supplies; logistics and transportation gaps and seams

1:30 – 1:40 pm EDT

Break

1:40 – 2:25 pm EDT

Keynote Speaker #3

Topic:  Set Combatant Commander Expectations for the INDO-PACIFIC Region for the Supporting Logistics and Transportation Enterprise

Description:  A discussion about the Joint Warfighter Concept and the challenges that must be overcome in a contested environment

2:25 – 2:35 pm EDT

Break

2:35 – 3:50 pm EDT

Panel #2:  LABOR – Providing the Talent Surface Partners Need to Project the Force

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

Members:

  • Mr. Alan Robb, President South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District, International Longshoremen’s Association
  • Mr. Chris Lewis, Vice President, Cooper Ports America
  • Ms. Shareen Larmond, President, West Gulf Maritime Association

Description:  America is facing an unprecedented skilled labor shortage.  The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have impact, but as we pull out of the worst of it, the unemployment rate is decreasing, more jobs are coming open, while consumer demand continues to rise. Meanwhile, there are fewer candidates per job and fewer qualified candidates per job. How does all that affect our surface partners in the Logistics and Transportation Industry?

3:50 – 4:00 pm EDT

Break

4:00 – 4:45 pm EDT

Keynote Speaker #4:  VADM Dee Mewbourne, USN, Deputy Commander, U.S. Transportation Command

Topic:  Global Force Projection – A Strategic Discussion between VADM Dee Mewbourne, USN and VADM William “Andy” Brown, USN (Ret.)

Description:  Providing Global Force Projection with a focus on surface movements and leveraging an important partnership with industry.

4:45 – 4:55 pm EDT

Break

4:55 – 6:10 pm EDT

Panel #3:  Synchronizing Military and Industry Efforts to Leverage Innovation to Close the Contested Environment Logistics Gaps

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

Members:

  • Mr. John Weir, Vice President, Government Services, Crane Worldwide Logistics, LLC
  • Mr. Anthony Fisher, SES, Deputy Associate Administrator for Commercial Sealift, Maritime Administration
  • Brig Gen Jimmy R. Canlas, USAF, Commander, Defense Logistics Agency Energy
  • BG Michelle M.T. Letcher, USA, Chief of Ordnance, Commandant, U.S. Army Ordnance School

Description:  Considering the Joint Concept for Contested Logistics (JCCL) current and future gaps and seams, how will industry innovate to provide an unexpected and disruptive capability to meeting movement requirements in a contested INDO-PACIFIC environment?

Thursday, May 20, 2021

8:00 – 9:00 am EDT

Surface Industry Engagement Sessions

9:00 – 9:15 am EDT

Opening Remarks / Keynote Introduction:  Vice Adm. William “Andy” Brown, USN (Ret.), President and CEO, NDTA

9:15 – 10:00 am EDT

Keynote Speaker #5:  Mr. Eric Mensing, President/CEO, American President Lines LLC

Topic:  Logistics and Transportation Industry Response to the Pandemic and Contested Environment

Description:  This session will explain how the logistics and transportation enterprise has responded to the pandemic and how it is preparing to operate in a future contested environment to support government requirements in the INDO-PACIFIC region.

10:00 – 10:05 am EDT

Short Break / Room Change

10:05 – 11:20 am EDT

Panel #4:  Force Projection Infrastructure:  Capacity Improvement, Resiliency and Vulnerabilities

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

Members:

  • Dr. Gabriel Weaver, Research Scientist at Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • COL (Ret.) Stan Wolosz, USA, Future Deployment and Distribution Assessment Lead, LMI
  • Mr. Chris Fisher, Chair, AAPA National Defense Committee and CEO, Port of Beaumont
  • Mr. William Paape, SES, Associate Administrator for Ports & Waterways, Maritime Administration

Description:  Operational resiliency refers to a force posture that has active and passive defenses as well as the offensive capacity and capability to meet warfighting requirements. These defenses safeguard and improve U.S. assets and critical defense infrastructure in the CONUS. This not only applies to ports, but all surface partners. Hear from the experts our weaknesses, strengths and what needs to be done to improve.

11:20 – 11:30 am EDT

Break

11:30 am – 12:15 pm EDT

Keynote Speakers #6:  Mr. Ted Rybeck, CEO & Dr. Paul Horn, Founding Partner & Executive Chair, Venly

Topic:  Cybersecurity Challenges in the Indo-Pacific and Beyond:  A Discussion of the Disruptive Impact of Networked AI & Big Data on Cybersecure Enterprise Systems for Military Logistics

Description:  Cybersecurity challenges and the military/industry response

12:15 – 12:25 pm EDT

Break

12:25 – 1:40 pm EDT

Panel #5:  Cyber Panel

Topic:  Responding to the Indo-Pacific Cybersecurity Challenges

Members:

  • Mr. Sanjay Sarma, Vice President for Open Learning, Leadership Headquarters, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Ms. Robin LeClaire, President, Lampin Corporation (Small Business)
  • Others:  TBA

Description:  Cybersecurity discussion focused on threats to logistics and transportation industry, national infrastructure and the whole of government response – are we solving the problem?

1:40 – 1:50 pm EDT

Break

1:50 – 2:30 pm EDT

Wrap-Up/Closing Thoughts & Action Item Review

  • Mr. Ernest Bezdek, Chair, NDTA Ports Subcommittee (Action Item Review)
  • Mr. Kevin Tokarski, SES, Chair, National Port Readiness Network
  • MG Heidi J. Hoyle, USA, Commanding General, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command
  • VADM William (Andy) Brown, USN (Ret.), President and CEO, NDTA

2:30 – 2:40 pm EDT

Break

2:40 – 4:40 pm EDT

National Port Readiness Network Working Group

(Government meeting – Please Note:  Participants will receive a separate invitation)

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