Leadership perspectives: the NDTA-USTRANSCOM fall meeting and beyond.

Author:McDew, Darren W.
Position:National Defense Transportation Association - The United States Transportation Command - Column


With those challenges in mind, I am focused on evolving USTRANSCOM in ways that ensure we are able to answer the Nation's call today, while simultaneously preparing for the future. In that evolution, we will need to work together to advocate for tomorrow's capabilities, extend mission assurance through the cyber domain, and address the fundamental changes happening in our Nation's workforce.


First and foremost, we need to ensure a foundation of trust with our partners. We do this through communication, collaboration and transparency. We must be active listeners. We must articulate the desired outcome and allow all participants to suggest and create solutions. Above all we need to continually educate our people; proved them the tools and the time to learn: for it is through this learning that we will overcome the disruption we will face.

Leadership Perspective--MILITARY/GOVERNMENT

My Vision of Our Shared Future

By Gen Darren W. McDew, USAF

Commander, United States Transportation Command

United States Transportation Command and our government and commercial partners deliver on behalf of the Nation, and I am incredibly proud of all we have accomplished together in the command's almost 30-year history. Our enduring partnership represents a significant strategic advantage for our Country.

I often describe all the daily, complex activities we do in two basic ways. First, we have the ability to deliver an immediate force tonight through our airlift and aerial refueling capabilities. Together, they serve as both a worldwide deterrent and an immediate response to hostilities and natural disasters. The second is our ability to deliver our Nation's decisive force when needed. Here, our organic and commercial sealift fleets combine to enable an overwhelming response to any global threat. While many intuitively understand the need for boots on the ground to win wars, few realize sealift delivers the bulk of our war-winning capabilities.

In both the case of a decisive force via sea and an immediate force by air, we enjoy the great fortune of a strong transportation base upon which these capabilities spring forth. It would serve us well not to underestimate the importance or overestimate the resilience of that base. We simply cannot rest on the many successes we have had up until now.

In the last 15 years, we have become accustomed to geographically-isolated conflicts, while benefitting from distinct technological superiority. We have learned many lessons from these conflicts, not all of which will be helpful and some may actually be harmful to our ability to conduct future operations.

You see, we have enjoyed moving our people and assets to and from these conflicts with impunity and relative security. However, we should expect future conflicts to cross regional boundaries and have contested strategic...

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