* Lt Gen Warren Berry, USAF, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters US Air Force
* LtGen Charles Chiarotti, USMC, Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics, US Marine Corps
* RADM John Polowczyk, USN, Vice Director for Logistics Joint Staff, J4
* RADM Paul Verrastro, USN, Director of Logistics, US European Command
* LTG Darrell Williams, USA, Director, Defense Logistics Agency
Mr. McMahon began the panel by sharing a history of events that occurred when he served as the Director of Central Command Deployment and Distribution Operations Center (CDDOC). During his tenure in that role, the US increased its manpower in Afghanistan by approximately 30,000, while concurrently drawing down operating forces in Iraq. He saw a coup in Kyrgyzstan, watched the PAKGLOC [Pakistan Ground Lines of Communications] close multiple times, witnessed the creation of the Northern Distribution Network which allowed materiel to flow into Afghanistan in a way it had never done before, saw the new Kyrgyz government cut off all fuel for operations at Manas, and, to top it off, watched the Icelandic volcano erupt and cut off all flow of aviation assets in the northern part of Europe. "I go through that history for you," he explained, "because what I saw in my time as Central Command's Director of Deployment Distribution Operations, pales in comparison to what the next INDO-PACOM CDOC Director of EUCOM DDOC Director will face in the threats that we have today."
McMahon continued that whether that is in a contested environment with nations such as Iran and North Korea, or with near-peer competitors, such as China or Russia, in a contested environment, we have to do things differently than what we have learned for the last two decades if we are to be successful. All the operators in the world can talk about what they're going to do once they get to the fight, he said. But if together military and industry can't get them to the fight, then what they think they can do becomes irrelevant. As a team, military and industry must figure out how to act, think and behave differently to meet these contested threats--in both the physical and cyber domains.
RADM Polowczyk began by discussing global integration, based on direction from the Joint Staff Chairman. Polowczyk mentioned that language used by the Chairman reflected a scarcity of resources. He explained that previously when a contingency arose, you could respond...