Thank you: Forum exhibitors & sponsors.

Position:62nd Annual Forum & Expo Wrap-Up / Reno-Tahoe, NV

ABF Freight System, Inc.

Access America Transport

Ace Doran Hauling & Rigging

Advantage Rent-A-Car

AFPlus Global Logistics

Agility Defense & Government Services

American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier, LLC

American United Logistics

APL Limited

ATS Specialized, Inc.

Avis Budget Group

Baggett Transportation Company

BAX Global Team Schenker

Bennett Motor Express

Best Western International

BLG Logistics Automobile

The Boeing Company

Boyle Transportation

Budget Truck Rental, LLC

Calhoon MEBA Engineering School

Cavalier Logistics

CEVA Logistics

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering, Inc.

Choice Hotels International

Coachwork Holdings

Comtech Mobile Datacom Corporation

CorTrans Logistics

Crossroad Carriers, Inc.

Crowley Maritime

Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO)

DOT, Maritime Administration (MARAD)


DLA/Defense Distribution Center

Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group

EI Camino Trailways

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Evergreen International Airlines, Inc.

Extended Stay Properties


FedEx Custom Critical

Fine Hospitality


General Dynamics Information Technology

General Freight Services, Inc.


Greatwide Truckload Management

Green Valley Transportation

Gwangyang FEZ Authority

The Hertz Corp.

Hilton Hotels Corp.

Holiday Inn--BWI Airport Hotel & Conference Ctr.

Horizon Lines, Inc.

Howland Group, Inc./DRMEC


InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)

ITLT Solutions

John Ascuaga's Nugget Casino Resort

Joint Program Management Office (JPMO)

Kalitta Charters, LLC

Landstar System

LimitLess International Inc.

LMI Government Consulting

Lockheed Martin

Long Beach Area Convention & Visitor's Bureau

Maersk Line, Limited

Marriott International

Matson Integrated Logistics

Mayflower Transit

McCollister's Transportation Group

Menlo Worldwide Logistics

Mercer Transportation Co., Inc.

Military Family & Spouse Travel Network

Military Logistics Forum/KMI Media

Military Sealift Command

National Air Cargo

National Car Rental/Alamo Rent-A-Car

Northwest Airlines

NYK Logistics (Americas), Inc.

Old Dominion Freight Line

Omega World Travel

Panther Expedited Services, Inc.

The Pasha Group

Pilot Freight Services


Port of Port Arthur

Ports America Group

Powersource Transportation Inc.

PowerTrack/US Bank

Priority Solutions International Government Logistics

R & R Trucking

Raith Engineering

Ridgeway International USA, Inc.


Savi, A Lockheed Martin Company

Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC)

SDDC (Military Surface Deployment & Distribution Command)

Sealed Air Corporation

Sixt rent a car

Southwest Airlines Company

Team Worldwide


Total Quality Logistics

Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc.

Transportation Institute

TTX Company

Union Pacific Rail Road

United Seamen's Service

United Van Lines



UTi, Worldwide Group, Defense USA

XIO Strategies

YRC Worldwide




The Forum Wrap Up issue of the DTJ serves a noble purpose. It brings a taste of the NDTA Forum to members unable to participate in the Association's signature event. Summary articles of sessions and speakers and Forum proceedings provide informative reading, and photos of attendees and participants--our friends and our colleagues--allow everyone to share the spirit whether we traveled to Reno or not, It also records matters of utmost importance to military and industry partners. Years from now, a new generation of logisticians will peruse these pages to learn how we overcame the challenges of our day. Maybe our ideas will be the springboard for their endeavors.

This taste--this record--this springboard would not exist if it were not for a very special cadre of Chapter members who gave of their time and talents before, during and after the Forum.



* Mike Babiak [McCollister's Transportation/All American Chapter]--who wore many other hats at the Forum in addition to Press Room Volunteer, including "Master of Duck Ceremonies"

* Mickey Frank [Washington DC Chapter]--who submitted the most comprehensive session notes ever seen

* Kent Gourdin [College of Charleston/Charleston Chapter]--who added extra dimension from the educational standpoint

* LCDR Miguel Lake [MSC/Washington DC Chapter]--who brought expertise of the maritime mission to the press room

* Mike McVeigh [McEll Services, Inc./Valley of the Sun Chapter]--the "go to" guru who motivated us all

* Bob Reilly [Logistics Unlimited/Baltimore Chapter]--who tackled some of the toughest session points



Volunteer Spotlight

Our apologies if we overlooked anyone!

Karen Edwards has been a familiar face at the Forum Registration Desk for many years. Together with a few other long-term helpers, she has been there and seen it all, including the amazing growth of this annual NDTA event. Her smile, her great attitude, and her awesome work ethic make Karen an excellent volunteer. She faces every task graciously. She welcomes each person that registers with her pleasant demeanor, and she is always eager to help.

Behind the scenes at the Registration Desk, we at NDTA can always count on Karen to get it all done. As the wife of Denny Edwards, our VP of Marketing and Corporate Development, Karen could simply attend the annual Forum just to enjoy the activities. Instead, she works hard throughout. This year, Karen Edwards is in the spotlight in recognition of her contributions to NDTA!


2008 Forum Volunteers

Mr. Mike Babiak * Ms. Penny Cacoulidis * Ms. Terri Dalton

MSgt Patsy DeMichele, USAFR * Ms. Karen Edwards

Ms. Diana Escobar * Ms. Lisa Fasching * Mr. Francis W. (Mickey) Frank

Dr. Kent Gourdin * Mrs. Marlene Jetton * Mr. Benton Jetton

LCDR Miguel Lake * Mr. Colt Meyer * Ms. Amanda Meyer

Ms. Lynn Nelson * Mr. Mike McVeigh * Ms. Gina Ortiz * Mr. Bob Reilly

Ms. Yolanda Rios * Ms. Marie Rohrbough

LtCol Stephen Rohrbough, USAF (Ret.) * Mr. Wesley (Shorty) Salmans

Ms. Betty Tedder * Ms. Cindy Thurgood * Mr. Craig Thurgood

Mr. Douglas A. Tilden

Chairman, Ports America Group

September 22, 2008

NDTA Forum Opening Ceremony

"Finding the means to do more with less"

Journalists from DC Velocity attended the NDTA Forum in Reno to report on several professional sessions. Following is a recap of the opening address by Mr. Douglas Tilden, which can be read in full in the November issue of DC Velocity online at: [Check Defense Logistics on the Content Channels]



By DC Velocity Staff

Copyright 2008 Agile Business Media. Used by permission

In his keynote address, Doug Tilden, chairman of the Ports America Group, the nation's largest terminal operator, warned that ports are shaping up to be a major chokepoint in the next decade. Based on North American maritime annual container volume across the top 10 gateway ports, Ports America predicts that demand will exceed available capacity at most, if not all, of those ports.

Consider the Long Beach/Los Angeles gateway. In 2004, the port handled a little over 13 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units, the standard measure for intermodal shipping containers). By 2020, Ports America projects, volume could swell to almost 60 million TEUs. But Long Beach has not been able to add capacity for five years and still hasn't cracked the code for securing requisite approvals from the regulatory authorities.






Mr. Douglas A. Tilden

Chairman, Ports America Group

Mr. Timothy (Tim) E. Carroll

Vice President, IBM

Amb. (Ret.) James W. Pardew

Former Deputy Ass't. Secretary General for Operations, (NATO)

General Duncan J. McNabb, USAF USTRANSCOM Commander

The capacity problem is exacerbated by the relative inefficiency of American port operations. At Los Angeles/Long Beach, the container throughput per acre of land each year is around 6500 TEUs. At Shanghai, by contrast, the throughput per acre is over 18,000 TEUs.



According to Tilden, it's time to attack the infrastructure issues. We have to find common ground with environmental constituencies so additional port capacity can be brought online. We must implement new technologies to improve throughput and better utilize the available footprint. And we cannot fail to seamlessly integrate security initiatives into port operations, because we need more efficient, not less efficient, ports.


The reality is that a return to 6 percent GDP growth will require 3.2 million TEU's worth of new capacity annually. That's the equivalent of adding a Port of Houston and a Port of Charleston--both top 10 gateway ports--each and every year. It may not be glamorous, but maritime transport is an essential part of our nation's economy--and it's something we can't afford to ignore.

Mr. Timothy (Tim) E. Carroll

Vice President, IBM

September 23, 2008

Global Supply Chain Operations Integrated Supply Chain

"Integrated Supply Chain"

Mr. Carroll's presentation focused on supply chain transformation and the role leadership plays to help drive change and ensure success. He used IBM's own experience as the backdrop for his talk, but prefaced the discussion by saying that while the IBM supply chain is large by commercial standards (see slide above), it pales in comparison to that of the DOD.

Still, operations management and process improvement is common to all supply chains, big or small, public or private. We can, and we must, learn from each other. This is the primary value added by NDTA--fostering dialogue and information sharing. Over the past 20 years we've moved from push to pull; the next paradigm is the movement to globalization in which the supply chain is paramount. A global supply chain requires careful synchronization.


For IBM, 2003 was the watershed year for supply chain transformation when the company...

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