TRANSPORTATION ACADEMY 2018: Choosing Topic Tracks for Your Professional Development.

AuthorVarkonyi, Irvin

The NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting's 2018 Transportation Academy will feature some seventy breakout sessions, broken into several tracks:

* Acquisition & Finance

* Combatant Command Logistics Challenges

* Commercial Logistics Supporting the Warfighter

* Cyber

* Department of Defense (DOD) Global Transportation & Logistics

* Innovation, Technology, & Analytics

* Intro to Transportation Modes, Processes, and Enablers

* Legislation and Policy

* US Infrastructure & Asset Deployment

Transportation Academy will take place over three-days, from 23-25 October. Attendees have the opportunity stay within a track or to attend a mix of sessions from different tracks. The Fall Meeting website,, provides descriptions of the courses in each track, along with instructor bios and class abstracts. Here is a little more on what you can expect from each track:


Government and industry representatives will provide updates on acquisition processes as they impact large and small businesses. One of the track courses, "From Requirements to Acquisition at DLA [Defense Logistics Agency] & USTRANSCOM," will be a panel session moderated by Sean Caulfield of Caulfield Consulting, and the Armed Forces and Communications and Electronics Association, Northern Virginia Chapter (AFCEA NOVA). This course will address the process associated with awarding a government contract at USTRANSCOM and DLA. It will define the government's common process of requirements gathering, market research, business case analysis, contracting vehicle selection, and the acquisition process.


The challenges faced by Combatant Commands are always among the priorities dealt with by USTRANSCOM. This track is expected to feature presenters from the USTRANSCOM, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), Air Mobility Command (AMC), among others.


The track will feature Industry updates on logistics support for DOD missions. A popular session from the 2017 Transportation Academy, "Cargo Movement Operations System (CMOS I2P) Conversion Update to Global Freight Management (GFM) Small Package Express (SPE)," will be repeated with panelists John Mannino (GFM) and Bernard Crosby(CMOS). Senior NDTA leaders are also expected to offer classes in this track focusing on aviation and maritime modes.


This track will be an exploration of opportunities and...

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