The 2019 NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fail Meeting took place October 7-10 at the historic St. Louis Union Station Hotel in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. The theme for the event was "Fostering Partnerships to Preserve Peace and Prevail in Conflict... Then, Now and Tomorrow." This theme acknowledged that we are operating in a rapidly changing, multi-domain, contested environment that we must understand and be prepared for to enable the support rendered by the transportation and logistics industry for our armed forces, allies, and partners.
More than 1,500 professionals attended the Fall Meeting. These individuals included a cross-section from military, government, and industry from all facets of logistics, transportation, travel, distribution, and related industries.
The meeting's professional agenda included keynote speakers, roundtable discussions, and educational classes. The impressive lineup of speakers and instructors during these events included experts and leaders in their fields who challenged, informed, and motivated the audience.
THOUGHTS FROM OUR SENIOR ENLISTED LEADERS
On Monday, the Senior Enlisted Round-table explored Leading in a Joint Environment. The moderator for this panel was CMSgt Jason France, USAF, US Transportation Command Senior Enlisted Leader (SEL). Panel members included CMDCM Shaun Brahmsteadt, USN, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) SEL; CMSgt Patrick McMahon, USAF, US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) SEL; CSM Anthony Spadaro, USMC, US Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) SEL; and MGySgt Scott Stalker, USMC, US Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) SEL.
Each panelist gave a brief introduction to their organization, followed by an extensive question and answer session with the audience. A common thread in their opening remarks was an emphasis on the importance of the relationship between the military and their industry partners.
USINDOPACOM is the largest combatant command and, as such, has a big area to protect from threats. According to CSM Spadaro, a robust industry is needed to address these threats. Likewise, cyber is a unique and challenging area requiring protection from threats, which MGySgt Stalker stated must be addressed through the Department of Defense's (DOD) industry partners. He also encouraged everyone to adopt the mindset that computers are a warfighting domain.
CMDCM Brahmsteadt agreed, stating that DLA's motto of "Warfighter First," could not be accomplished without industry. For CMSgt McMahon, the men and women of USSTRATCOM along with their partners, give the command a distinct advantage.
THE CHALLENGE TO THINK BIG
When The Honorable Robert McMahon, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment, gave his keynote address, he challenged the audience to think about the future--how they will think differently and how they will...