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FROM THE FRONT NDTA INTERVIEW Leading the Way BGen. James A. Kessler, USMC Marine Corps Logistics Command BASE LINE Afghanistan Mythologies | Surge Logistics | Afghan Soldiers Stand with Marines Counterparts | New Kuwaiti Roadway Strengthens Alliances, Safety

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Meet BG James Kessler, commander of the Marine Corps Logistics Command (MCLC) who shares thoughts on Reset, Afghanistan and Partnership. We wish General Kessler and his Marines all the best as they protect our homeland from afar. How is equipment being redesigned or refitted for the new AOR (Afghanistan)? A good example is the Mine Resistant Armor Protected (MRAP).

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MRAP vehicles (Cougar, Category 1 & 2) are being refitted with independent suspension and central tire inflation systems. Suspension on Iraq-bound vehicles was not designed to handle Afghanistan’s unforgiving terrain where axles bend and springs break so a new suspension system was developed. The new tire inflation system allows us to deflate tires before entering rigid terrain so vehicles have better traction on softer ground. Both modifications help prevent vehicles from rolling over and, because weight is more evenly distributed, stress is not concentrated in one area.

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What are the major elements of the Reset process? Keeping track of reset assets is a major concern. Active RFID tags, and other tracking components—readers (or interrogators), software, satellite communications links, and docking stations—help facilitate our reset process and achieve total In-Transit Visibility (ITV). We are able to identify the last known location of critical parts for maintenance or redistribution. How are the Marines moving equipment into Afghanistan? What are the unique transport challenges? We are utilizing the DOD's Defense Transportation System (DTS) to it's fullest extent for moving high priority and time sensitive equipment by a combination of organic and contracted airlift. Most equipment, however, is moved by surface using ocean and inland transport. Pakistan and Afghanistan roadways are a far cry from the highways in the western world. Extreme topographical and weather variance, coupled with developing regional economies, impact infrastructure. Roadways are narrow and treacherous; tunnels along some routes restrict moving oversized equipment or prevent on-coming traffic.

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All military services face similar challenge when moving in interior regions. Through the Universal Services Contract 06, negotiated between the USTRANSCOM and the ocean shipping industry, we are able to arrange for equipment and materiel delivery from an inland location or a forward logistics base in Afghanistan. This is made possible through contractual partnering efforts involving global transportation providers able to support employment of multi-modal solutions. We interface routinely with USTRANSCOM and their surface component, the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, to facilitate surface movements. Can you comment on the relationship between DOD & Industry partners? The relationship must remain strong. As we approach expanded challenges, like varied theaters of engagement, we depend on each other to bring new and enhanced technology to the table. Only by leveraging the best from both sectors will our Marines have access to state-of-the-art systems, as well as additional sources for equipment as needed.

A Marine with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade and the provincial governor prepare to drink sodas, Now Zad, Afghanistan. They just finished a survey to aid the reconstruction process for the area. Photo: Cpl. Albert F. Hunt,USMC

How do you envision the future - how do we strengthen those ties? We’re working to strengthen ties through partnerships. Again, it will benefit our warfighters and our mission to have access to the latest technology. We believe that these partnerships yield benefits to Marines in terms of updated weapon systems and equipment, enhanced safety through timely technology insertions, and monetary savings. We plan to continue to participate in forums that offer opportunities for cultivating and maintaining relationships with the private sector. These relationships are also dependent upon future workload and types of equipment maintained in the Marine Corps inventory. How does the NDTA Forum (or others where military and industry meet in informal or educational settings) better bring military & Industry together? The NDTA Forum attracts professional logisticians from military and industry eager to share the fruits of their successes. We support venues like the NDTA Forum that offer the opportunity to network and benchmark with other successful logistics solutions providers in the public and private sectors. We also support educational and professional development of our logistics professionals and are always alert to better ways that might leverage the successes of others to benefit Marines.

Are there any new programs/policies you have already underway? In June 2009, the USMC Commandant signed the “OIF Ground Equipment Reset Plan” designating MCLC as the lead in reset efforts. This means we are responsible for moving equipment out of Iraq and into Kuwait, for ship transport to the U.S. Right now, MCLC has over 300 Marines, civilians, and contractors in Iraq, Kuwait and other locations making this happen. We are continuing efforts to revisit, revamp, and evolve our “Reset Plan,” which includes OEF and enterprise solutions, to best retrograde and reconstitute the force. We are responsible for managing nearly all the maintenance on returning ground equipment. Our maintenance centers in Albany and Barstow will perform much of the repair, as well as the Blount Island Command. Some equipment does not require full, depot-level refurbishment, but we will still manage this maintenance. However, as operational commitments have shifted overseas, we must meet our Marines’ needs while best utilizing taxpayer dollars, and we will be required to make adjustments where the workload has shifted. NDTA 50 South Pickett Street, Suite 220 Alexandria, VA 22304

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NDTA The Association for Global Logistics & Transportation Can you comment on the cooperation between LCMC and Army Materiel Command, and how it ties in with USTRANSCOM’s mission? The Marine Corps Logistics Command, and the Marine Corps as a whole, has been increasing its focus on distribution activities to better synchronize our efforts with the Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise community of DOD. We have a solid working relationship with USTRANSCOM and closely manage our distribution processes so that we can better leverage their organic and commercial capabilities and other elements, particularly Air Mobility Command and the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, to meet our service requirements. Through our newly formed Distribution Management Center, we are leveraging other services and DTS systems and processes to focus on improving our distribution process; and, we are looking for ways that we, at the operational service-level, can best tie into USTRANSCOM's role as DOD's Distribution Process Owner. It is clearly an advantage to work within their planning process and to leverage joint systems to support improved accountability, tracking, and asset visibility as requirements move through the DTS. The relationship between MCLC and Army Materiel Command (AMC) directly improves the ability to support the warfighter. Whether it be in CONUS through Depot Maintenance Inter-Service Agreements (DMISA) or other agreements, or abroad, our ability to leverage support to maintain equipment and increase the readiness of the force enables the Marine Corps to better perform its mission as an organization.

This directly ties in with the mission of USTRANSCOM, due to the geographic distance between organizations. Equipment cannot be moved for the Marine Corps, between MCLC and AMC, without support from USTRANSCOM What have you noticed in your first months of command? What are the goals you hope to accomplish at MCLC? We live in a very dynamic world––requirements are changing all the time and we need to be able to adjust rapidly and effectively. What I have seen in my short time at MCLC, is that our highly responsive, adaptive and flexible workforce is capable of changing to meet the demands of mission requirements. They are extraordinary. I have been a customer in the past, and this Command provided exceptional support while I was deployed. Our workforce is constantly looking for better ways to stay competitive, not accepting the status quo, not taking 'good enough' as an acceptable answer, but finding better and more innovative ways of doing things.

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MCLC has one real reason for being: to increase the combat effectiveness of the Marine Corps. It’s our mission to provide logistics support and services to the operating forces to increase their readiness. We must also provide assistance and expertise to program managers at Marine Corps Systems Command and PEO Land Systems as they plan acquisition and sustainment of weapons systems. Together, these efforts help ensure that the Corps stays ready to fight today and is equipped to fight in the future.

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My vision for MCLC is to be the best operational logistics provider in the DOD. That is a lofty vision, but I think we can definitely accomplish it. It is also important we understand our mission—to provide worldwide integrated logistics and supply chain management, distribution management, maintenance management, and strategic prepositioning capability to support Marine Corps warfighters. However, in this business, there is competition from other depots and contractors. When I say I want us to be the best within DOD, I want to make sure this command is positioned to be competitive with every other depot or any other service in order to provide the things our Commandant expects in support of the warfighters. NDTAGram

We must position the Command as best we can to accomplish all of our goals in an effective and efficient way, being ever mindful that we must be good stewards of the taxpayer's dollar.

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AFGHANISTAN Mythologies By Victor Davis Hanson

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As troops deploy to Afghanistan, Victor Davis Hanson offers perspective on the country that contradicts some popular beliefs. Busting myths might help pave the way forward…..

Remember the mantra, Afghanistan is the "graveyard of empires?" The place where Alexander the Great, the British, and the Soviets met their doom? Well, that’s not exactly the case. In fact, Alexander conquered most of Bactria and its environs (which included presentday Afghanistan) and after his death, the Afghan area as we know it became part of the Seleucid Empire. Centuries later, in the first Afghan war, outnumbered British-led troops and civilians were initially ambushed and suffered many casualties. But in subsequent Afghan wars between 1878 and 1919 they were not defeated. And as far as the Soviets go, they did relinquish efforts to establish Afghanistan as a communist buffer state -- but only because the Arab world, the US, Pakistan and China provided money and weapons to Afghan mujahideen resistance forces. While Afghans have traditionally been fierce fighters and have made occupations difficult, they have rarely for long defeated invaders -- and never without outside assistance. Other mythologies abound. Is the country ungovernable? No

more so than any of the other rough neighbors in the region. After the modern state was founded in 1919, Afghanistan enjoyed a relatively stable succession of constitutional monarchs

until 1973. The country was once considered generally secure, tolerant and hospitable. Did we really take our eye off the “good” war in Afghanistan to fight the optional bad one in Iraq? Not

quite. After a brilliant campaign to remove the Taliban in 2001, a relatively stable Karzai government saw little violence until 2007. Between 2001 and 2006, no more than 100 American soldiers were killed in any given year. In fact, American casualties increased after Iraq became quiet -- as Islamists, defeated in Iraqi's Al Anbar province, refocused their efforts on the dominant Afghan theater.

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AFGHAN SURGE POSES LOGISTICAL HEADACHE FOR US ARMY WASHINGTON (AFP); Dec 6 – President Barack Obama's order to surge 30,000 troops into Afghanistan presents the US military with a giant logistical challenge as it faces some of the most forbidding terrain in the world. Read ON

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AFGHAN SOLDIERS STAND WITH MARINE COUNTERPARTS CAMP DWYER, AFGHANISTAN; Jan 7 – During mid-afternoon on New Year's Day, a sea of men in green, brown and black camouflage uniforms shuffled awkwardly inside a crowded beige tent here.   Men with thick, black beards and hard faces sat next to clean-shaven youths with full smiles. Each one wears the uniform of his nation's military, and each one carries a weapon. The full company of Afghan National Army soldiers, fresh out of boot camp, was being integrated directly into Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment. Pairing the soldiers of a host nation with coalition forces is not a new practice; this time however, the soldiers will be integrated with Marines at the smallest operating level. Read ON

Is Afghanistan the new Vietnam?

Hardly. In the three bloodiest years, 2007 through 2009 so far, we have suffered a total of 553 fatalities -- tragic, but less than 1% of the 58,159 Americans killed in Vietnam. What is astounding is the ability of the U.S. military to inflict damage on the enemy, protect the constitutional government and keep our losses to a minimum. Our military is the most experienced in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency warfare in the world. The maverick savior of Iraq, General David Petraeus, now oversees operations in the Mideast and Central Asia. His experienced lieutenant, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, is a successful veteran of the worst fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. NDTAGram Hanson is a military historian, political essayist and commentator on modern warfare for National Review. He is currently the Marin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution

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ROAD STRENGTHENS USKUWAITI ALLIANCE, SAFETY KUWAIT; Jan 4 – U.S. and Kuwaiti officials met for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 30 at a large stretch of road built by Kuwaitis to create a safer convoy route for U.S. service members stationed in Kuwait "This is not only a ribbon and a piece of asphalt and stone," said Brig. Gen. Mark MacCarley, deputy commander of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command. "It's a symbol of friendship between the U.S. and Kuwait. This is good business for all to help traffic congestion." Read ON

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2010 - NDTA’s YEAR of the Y OUNG P ROFESSIONAL Throughout this year, NDTA will celebrate Young Professionals - logisticians who work in corporate settings and in combat zones. Watch for articles and interviews in the Defense Transportation Journal and in the NDTAGram. “America’s Best Leaders” spotlights men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and who are making a difference! NDTA has also launched a new membership drive targeting junior members (A-35’ers) who will bring talent, energy and enthusiasm to NDTA Chapters and NDTA Events. Details appear on following pages, along with Save-theDate reminders of special A-35 programs.

with YOU on the “A(35)- TEAM , ” USMC 1st Lt. Patrick Kelly uses interpreter to speak with Afghan men during a patrol

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America's Best Leaders: U.S. Junior Officers, Military rising in the ranks with a wisdom forged by war Anita Mulrine (reprint from USNews)

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While he was gearing up for the trek through the high desert plains of southern Afghanistan, Capt. Sean Dynan made the rounds among his marines to make sure their sacks were pared to the bare minimum. How much heavy ammunition his infantry company would bring along on the journey was his call as well. If the soldiers brought too little, they could easily run out in the middle of their mission to rout entrenched Taliban forces. Too much and they risked injury that comes with carrying 120-plus-pound packs in 120-plus-degree heat. Upon their arrival and in the midst of battle, Dynan was both warrior and diplomat, negotiating with local tribesmen and hearing grievances that spanned from security concerns to when businesses at the local bazaar would be up and running. After 10 years in the Corps, he is an old hand. This is his fourth war zone tour, including a stint in the onetime Sunni insurgent stronghold of Ramadi, Iraq, during the most violent part of the conflict. Dynan's experience is typical of junior military officers, called upon to serve in bloody and complicated wars on two fronts, many for more than half of their short careers. As a result, lieutenants and captains often have more combat experience than the generals who command them. "They are wise beyond their years," Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said about junior officers in an address to the Army War College. "We owe them our attention and our time." He urged their superiors to listen to them and called upon junior officers to question their superiors as well.

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And they have. Indeed, the experience of junior officers has occasionally created strained relationships with senior leadership. Many have been frustrated by what they view as a lack of accountability at the highest levels of leadership. "It has created some tension," says Nathaniel Fick, author of

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One Bullet Away: the Making of a Marine Officer and a platoon leader in Iraq in the spring of 2003. "A private who loses a rifle gets into more trouble than a general who loses a war." This stress has been compounded by the demands of repeated deployments on young troops and their families and made the accomplishments of those who have chosen to stay in the military all the more remarkable. Gen. David Petraeus, former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, expressed admiration for the captains in the services, as well as concern about losing them, in congressional testimony earlier this year. In 2003, junior officers were leaving the military at a rate of 5.7 % per year. In 2005, that level was 8.5 %. Today, it’s down as a result of cash bonuses and education packages, but the Pentagon estimates it is still short roughly half the senior captains it needs. The chief selling point that has kept many young officers in the military is the belief that they can make a sizable mark in the areas they command. Indeed, in 2 wars fought with too few troops, junior officers are often given great responsibility. Fick recalls that for a young platoon leader in a tough Baghdad neighborhood, it was a 6-hour drive from the northern to the southernmost position of his area of operations. "We haven't seen that before in the military to quite that same extent. A young leader can have an outsize impact today the way that a junior commander in Napoleon's army couldn't." Fighter-Leader. Being successful under such conditions often requires upending some old rules of leadership for young officers. The notion of the fighter-leader on the front lines, attacking beside troops, "is something I never saw anyone have a hard time with—never," says Fick, now retired and a fellow at the Center for a New American Security, a Washington, D.C., think tank. The problem is that in such a large area of operations, leading alongside one's soldiers isn't always possible or advisable. "It's pretty easy to look another human in the eyes and say, 'This is going to suck, but I'm going to be there with you,' " Fick says. "It's harder saying, 'I need you to do this, and while you do, I'm going to be sitting in the [command center] tent with a cup of coffee." To say that, Fick adds, he had two litmus tests. He had to know that whatever he asked his troops to do was morally right. "Not the justice of the Iraq war, but our big slice of the pie had to be morally justifiable." Second, he had to know that if any of his troops were killed, he "would be able to stand in their parents' living room and explain to them honestly why their son died working for me and why I thought it was worth it. That raises the bar very, very high," he adds. "But we cleared it every day." NDTAGram

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SDDC Symposium & NDTA Expo March 8 - 10, 2010 Atlanta, Georgia SPECIAL A-35 MENTOR SESSION will be presented. WATCH FOR DETAILS For A-35 Program info, contact Lori Leffler

Did you KNOW......January is National Mentoring Month The NDTA Washington DC Chapter will kick off the 10th season of its MENTORING PROGRAM on January 28. This unique program brings together present and former senior executives from military, government and private sectors with early- and mid-career defense transportation and logistics professionals. Contact: Larry Larkin or Branko Primetica

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D.C. Chapter Annual Scholarship & Educational Programs Auction February 20, 2010 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA The annual DC Chapter auction is always a huge success for an extremely worthy cause and is attended by numerous Military, civilian and commercial leaders in logistics and transportation. Today's global requirements clearly underscore the importance of education's critical role in securing this nation's vital transportation system. Donations accepted until Feb 5. For info or volunteer

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(Month of the Military Child) (Train Safety Month) 19-23 National Transportation Work Zone Safety Awareness Week 19 Patriotʼs Day

MAY (National Military Appreciation Month) 1 Amtrak Day 8 VE Day 8 Military Spouse Day 16-22 National Transportation Week 21 National Defense Transportation Day 10 Armed Forces Day 22 National Maritime Day 24 Memorial Day

JUNE (National Tire Safety Month) 6 D-Day Anniversary 14 Flag Day 14 US Army Birthday

JULY (Disaster Education & Preparedness Month) 4 Independence Day 27 Natʼl Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

AUGUST 4 US Coast Guard Birthday 7 Purple Heart Day 9 V-J Day 15-21 National Aviation Week 19-25 Truck Driver Appreciation Week

SEPTEMBER (National Preparedness Month) 11 9/11 Remembrance Day 17 National POW/MIA Recognition Day 18 US Air Force Birthday (60th) 26 Gold Star Mothers Day

OCTOBER 13 US Navy Birthday 24 United Nations Day

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Feb 17 Surface Transportation Committee Mtg. Scottsdale, AZ

March 4 NDTA Board of Directors Meeting Washington, DC

March 8 ~ 11 SDDC Symposium | NDTA Expo Atlanta, GA

April 21-22 Transportation Advisory Board Meeting Ponte Vedra, FL

June 10 NDTA Board of Directors Meeting Washington, DC

September 18 ~ 22 Annual NDTA Forum & Expo Washington, DC

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NOVEMBER (Aviation History Month) (Military Family Month) 10 US Marine Corps Birthday 11 Veteranʼs Day

DECEMBER 7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 13 National Guard Birthday

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NDTA - 2010 Forum Planning Meeting

NDTA - Year in Review We have achieved a number of successes in 2009... Administrative • NDTA Member Database transfered to a new system • Rebranded NDTA as The Association for Global Logistics and Transportation • Added 2 new staff positions: Sales & Marketing Assistant and Communications & Chapter Liaison • Awarded $30,000 in scholarships (an increase from $25,000 in 2008) • Presented $500 to Toys for Tots - Marines • Expanded exposure to all service branch logistics organizations

Approximately 30 NDTA Members and Associates joined a Forum Planning Committee Meeting on January 7th at the Gaylord National Hotel, site of the upcoming event, to discuss ideas for programs and other activities. Below is a Wrap Up of comments. If you would like a full notes, please contact Mark Victorson

Extras • RFIDefense III -special 3rd supplement on RDID to the DTJ (Sept. issue) • Added Flip Book capability to the DTJ as an alternative to hard copy • Launched NDTA Hq Twitter and LinkedIn • Launched NDTA Online Store (proceeds go to Scholarship Fund) Events • Presented Social Media Workshop (Feb), partnered with National Press Club & DOD’s Defense Media Agency • Attendance up at SDDC Expo and Nashville Forum in spite of economic downturn (April / Sept) • Secured contracts 5 future Forums: 2010 (DC); 2011 (Phoenix); 2012 (Alaska); 2013 (San Antonio); 2014 (Orlando) • Initiated “Educational Pavilion” in the Expo Hall to attract colleges with Transportation/Logistics programs. • Expanded “Hospitality Pavilion” in the Expo Hall to attract hotels with military/government discount rates. • Finalized agreement with SDDC to add an A-35 Young Professional Session to Symposium agenda. Committees • Sealfit Committee—Developed & implemented best practices for responding to pirates in the Gulf of Aden • Airlift Committee—Provided comments to FAA on Crew Duty Day/Rest requirements. • Surface Committee—Championed best practices for safety and security. Implements process/procedures for trailer tracking; reinstalled the Household Goods Subcommittee • Distribution Committee—Produced “Asset Visibility/ RFID Best Practices” white paper; led an interactive session on the future of DTCI-like distribution programs; instrumental in establishing DTCI Ombudsman at Menlo & USTRANSCOM Industry-related Milestones • Industry member companies continued to operate the Pakistani Ground LOC • Industry member companies “opened” the Northern Distribution Network into Afghanistan • Industry member company flying M-ATV’s direct/nonstop from CONUS into Afghanistan • Industry member companies provided outstanding transportation and logistics support to deployed forces NDTA 50 South Pickett Street, Suite 220 Alexandria, VA 22304

Negatives - ’09 Forum

Positives - ’09 Forum

• Good tempo - plenty of time allowed for networking • Good speaker line-up • Well organized sessions • Relevant issues addressed in breakout • Great facility (Gaylord Opryland) • Good interaction with speakers

• DTCI format did not meet expectations in Pocket Schedule • More advance info required • Forum locations spread out too much walking • Room improvement needed some sessions were crowded no seating; poor acoustics

Suggestions - Specific for DC Forum

• Method needed to track A-35 attendance (important for Year of Young Professional) • Need for controls to gauge attendance b/c of uniqueness of DC location and prospect that most will be daytime attendees. • Begin all Forum processes earlier • Consider transportation options (bus / subway) to counter city traffic for local attendees • Add category for “Media” on registration; seek sponsor for Press Room. Military PAO’s will assist with Media contacts • Negotiate special parking rates for local attendees • Extend / vary Expo times (cocktail hour prior to Chairman’s Dinner) • Exhibitor’s meeting at SDDC Symposium

Possible Theme Options - Directions • • • • • • •

New Decade - 2010. More of a future projection - decade of change Education / Collaboration. Educational Empowerment Factory to Foxhole Outside the Beltway / Outside the Box Public - Private Partnerships Supply Chain Technology Next Generation

Keynote Speakers / Special Guest

• Secretary Gates • Appropriations Committee - Congressional Rep • W. Buffett • DOT State Level Rep • Newt Gingrich • Wounded Warrior - inspirational figure • Military Leadership / Afghanistan Authority • New TSA Director • Director of Logistics Center NOTE: Task force formed to explore possible White House connections

Possible Session Themes NOTE: Submit questions in advance • • • • • • •

Government Affairs Doing Business w/theGov’t Reset Greening of America FAR - Legalities Travel Industry Defense Acquisition Univ

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• Iraq / Afghanistan comparison • Procurement • Road to Success (A-35) NOTE: Contact local Mentor Association and ASAE for assist in Mentor Session

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UPDATES from NDTA Members & Associates Members and Associates are welcome to send announcements, photos and press releases at any time. We will post your news in the GRAM, DTJ or on the NDTA News link at no charge.

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(ANCHORAGE, AK; Dec 15, 2009) Crowley's petroleum transportation group, part of CROWLEY MARITIME GROUP, recently made history as its 155,000-barrel ATB, Sea Reliance/550-1, became the largest of its kind to have ever transited Alaskan waters. Although other small cargo ATBs have traveled in Alaska, nothing has rivaled the size of the Sea Reliance/550-1. Read ON

OFFICE OF THE ASS’T SECRETARY OF DEFENSE; Jan 7, 2009) The Army has announced the decision to relocate

ARMY CONTRACTING COMMAND ( A C C ) AND HEADQUARTERS - Expeditionary Contracting Command from

Fort Belvoir, VA to Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. ACC provides global contracting support to combatant commanders, and Headquarters, Expeditionary Contracting Command plans and executes contracting support for Army service component commanders in support of Army and joint operations. Headquarters, Expeditionary Contracting Command also provides support for multi-national contracting requirements. Read ON

WHAT IS AN ATB? The Articulated Tug

Barge (ATB) consists of a tank vessel (barge) and a large, powerful tug that is positioned in a notch in the stern. Unlike an ITB (Integrated Tug/Barge) where the tug and barge are rigidly locked together, the ATB employs a "hinged" connection allowing movement in one axis, or plane in the critical area of fore and aft pitch. (NEW HYDE PARK; Dec 2009) ASSOCIATED GLOBAL SYSTEMS (AGS) a full service transportation and logistics provider, has been named as an approved GSA Schedule carrier. Approval was based on AGS' value in terms of cost, quality and service for federal agencies and taxpayers. Read ON (VIENNA, VA; Jan 6, 2010) XIO STRATEGIES is pleased to announce that Gary Moore, has joined XIO as Executive VP. Moore previously served as the Director of Logistics, Department of Homeland Security/FEMA. His extensive background in public safety and emergency management will considerably expand the company’s ability to address client preparedness issues. Read ON (HONG KONG; Dec 16, 2009): AGILITY announced appointment of Thomas Peikert at Global SVP Sea Freight. In this role, Peikert will focus on driving and delivering Trade Lane volume growth. Read ON (LOS ANGELES; Jan 4, 2010) NORTHROP GRUMMAN announced a decision to move its corporate office from Los Angeles to the Washington D.C. region by 2011. The company is engaged in a search to identify a specific location within the Washington, D.C. region. Read ON (CALVERTON, MD; Jan 4, 2010) Stephen Branscum of BNSF has been elected IANA Chairman for 2010. Branscum has held numerous key intermodal positions for BNSF Railway and its predecessor, Santa Fe. Read ON

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The U.S. TRANSPORTATION COMMAND received a 2009 Defense Logistics Award for its implementation of satellite technology to track unit move cargo using GEODECISIONS' patented IRRIS technology. The Web-based application enables USTRANSCOM to improve Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS) total asset visibility for shipments in the Pakistan Ground Lines of Communication (PAKGLOC) and the OCONUS transport of Arms, Ammunitions, and Explosives (AA&E). GeoDecisions is an information technology company specializing in geospatial solutions. Read ON (SCOTT AFB; Jan 5, 2010) U.S. TRANSPORTATION COMMAND served as host to the recent interim U.S. Central Command Operation Iraqi Freedom/Afghanistan force flow workshop where planners discussed the plus-up of forces deploying to Afghanistan and the redeployment of forces from Iraq. The week-long session focused on transportation sequencing and priorities. Read ON (SOUTHWEST ASIA; Jan 1, 2010) Air transportation A i r m e n f r o m A i r M o b i l i t y C o m m a n d ’s 3 8 0 t h Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron are trained in loading all types of airlift aircraft in the Air Force fleet. C-17 Globemaster III -- no problem. C-5 Galaxy -- no problem. C-130 Hercules -- no problem. But what do they do when a Russian-built Ilyushin IL-76 needs loading? The answer to that is simple as well -- no problem. Read ON Watch the loading on YouTube Video. (OOIDA; Dec 30, 2009) The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) recently became acceptable ID for trucks visiting military bases. The DOD outlines its new acceptance of TWIC at military bases .Read ON

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