Surface Force Projection Conference

May 15-18, 2023

Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA

Surface Force Projection Conference

“Achieving Surface Deployment at the Speed of War:  Supporting Large Scale Operations”

May 15-18, 2023

Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA

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 (SFPC):  Achieving Surface Deployment at the Speed of War: Supporting Large Scale Operations,” May 15-18, 2023 at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA.

The SFPC brings together U.S. government and industry logistics and transportation experts, and members of the Joint Logistics Enterprise (JLE), to examine a wide range of challenges associated with moving and sustaining U.S. military forces operating in and through highly contested environments to provide integrated logistics and transportation support when and where it is needed.

Attendees will have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions and meetings, engage with notable keynote speakers, moderators, and panelists, and network at receptions and the exhibit hall.  The 2023 SFPC focuses on the challenges associated with deploying large military organizations such as Army Corps and Divisions through the U.S. strategic seaports, via surface transportation while integrating and adapting to contend with the contested environment of today and tomorrow.  Networking is an important conference feature and attendees will have many opportunities to connect with government and industry subject matter experts.

The 2023 SFPC will feature:

  • Mariners’ Museum – USS Monitor Center – Join our NDTA Young Leaders for a facilitated tour of the award-winning USS Monitor Center
  • Meetings and Breakout Sessions – Meet, network and join the discussion with government and industry leaders covering topics on surface transportation, commercial industry, strategic seaports, port infrastructure and NDTA Ports Subcommittee
  • Keynote Speakers – Listen and engage with our six senior government, military and industry keynote speakers as they discuss Corps and Division deployments; supply chain challenges: global force projection; countering threats; port infrastructure; and safeguarding ports.
  • Panels – Learn from our three panels as their moderators guide the discussion on Corps and Division deployments; data sharing for better decision making; and managing strategic port readiness during recapitalization.

Please join NDTA and CAS along with the NDTA Surface Transportation Committee and Ports Subcommittee as we team with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD), USTRANSCOM’s Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), commercial industry and academia as we collaborate and work together to build logistics and transportation capability and capacity.


GEN Gary M. Brito, USA
Commanding General,
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

RDML Shannon N. Gilreath, USCG
Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District,
U.S. Coast Guard

MG Gavin Lawrence, USA
Commanding General,
Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command

GEN Stephen R. Lyons, USA (Ret.)
Port and Supply Chain Envoy,
Biden-Harris Administration Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force

The Honorable Ann C. Phillips, RDML USN (Ret.)
U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration


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

CAPT Jeff C. Flumignan, USN (Ret.)
Director, Office of Maritime and Intermodal Outreach
U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration

Ms. Kristina M. O’Brien, SES
Deputy to the Commanding General
Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command


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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