Posturing the Sustainment Enterprise to Be Ready @ the Speed of Relevance
8:00-9:10 a.m. │ Ballroom 100 A-C
Examine two defining moments in U.S. warfighting and sustainment history against the context of today’s National Defense Strategy to deliver and support ready systems at the speed of relevance. Today’s strategic security, as informed by historical precedent, offers tremendous opportunities to mature a responsive, relevant, and well-postured Department of Defense sustainment enterprise.
The years 1941 and 1991 are important in that they illustrate very different kinds of warfare and provide relevant insights about ways to shore up and energize our sustainment enterprise. During the Battle of the Atlantic (1941), swarms of smart, small aircraft cycled on and off U.S. carriers to deliver the “sting” of national power. By 1991 U.S. military doctrine had shifted, with a focus on precision to get the better of mass. Substantial victories can be associated with this doctrinal shift, but are we agile and responsive enough to respond to today’s security threats?
The planes and pilots of 1941 have been replaced by swarms of software intensive, near-space drones held together by artificial intelligence (AI) and mobile, targeted additive manufacturing (AM) capabilities. Panelists will use lessons from the past to highlight present and future sustainment outcomes we must deliver and the qualities required to generate and mobilize a ready, agile, and relevant sustainment enterprise.
Moderator: Brigadier General Kyle Robinson, USAF, Commandant, The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University
- Rear Admiral Nathan Moore, USCG, Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics, United States Coast Guard
- Lieutenant General Charles Chiarotti, USMC, Deputy Commandant, Headquarters United States Marine Corps
- Mr. Michael Manazir, Vice President, Navy Systems Defense, Space, & Security Group Government Operations, The Boeing Company