Highlights from Transportation Academy.

Author:Varkonyi, Irvin
 
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We hope that many of our readers are fortunate to be attending Transportation Academy and taking advantage of the opportunity to sit in on many of our nearly 80 classes at the 2019 Fall Meeting. Professional Development in the workplace consists of continuous learning and exchanging current knowledge in your field with subject matter experts. Well over 100 instructors and panelists are present to guide you and help achieve your professional goals. Those attending the Fall Meeting will be eligible to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. See more information on the NDTA Fall Meeting website.

Transportation Academy was divided into ten tracks, each offering a diversity of topics that are critical to national security and how the nation carries out its transportation and logistics mission. Many sessions focus on the basics of doing business with USTRANSCOM and its affiliated commands and agencies. Most prominent is SDDC which offers its own track. USTRANSCOM Acquisitions (TCAQ) offers several perspectives on the process of acquisition. Our Combatant Commands and Security Cooperation track features global perspectives. This track includes a panel on European logistics featuring a representative from the UK Ministry of Defence, BG Nigel Allison. The challenges for global distribution have increased as the operations tempo has picked up in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. This session commands a lot of attention. Some of the other tracks include:

COMMERCIAL LOGISTICS-THE BASICS OF TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS WITH COMPLEX CHALLENGES

Our Commercial Logistics track includes overviews of many of our basic transportation modes which will help our military workforce better understand how these modes work. Several sessions will go into great depth on these topics. Dr. Jakub "Kuba" Wrzesniewski will cover a timely topic--introducing attendees to the distinctive strategic thinking and politico-economic model of the People's Republic of China, prospects for the future balance of power in Asia, and new and emerging forms of conflict between the two powers with an emphasis on their impact on commercial logistics operations and DOD logistics demand.

DOD TRANSPORTATION -COMBINING MILITARY AND INDUSTRY EXPERTS

Technology evolves rapidly and challenges the military and industry to adapt, anticipating that the enemy is doing the same. Blockchain is a key component in DOD transportation challenges. A unique panel...

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