DoD Maintenance Symposium

Next Generation Materiel Readiness Forged through Data Advantage, Technology, and Innovation

December 12-15, 2022 | Orlando, FL


Honorable Christopher J. Lowman

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

Tuesday, December 13, 2022
8:15 – 8:40 a.m.

Chapin Theater

Senate-confirmed in May 2022, the Honorable Christopher Lowman, the former senior official performing the duties of Under Secretary of the Army, took office as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment (ASD(S)) in June 2022.

As ASD(S), Mr. Lowman is the principal staff assistant and advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment (USD(A&S)), Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Secretary of Defense on DoD logistics, materiel readiness, and product support. On behalf of the USD(A&S), Mr. Lowman oversees the Defense Logistics Agency and Defense Microelectronics Activity and is the principal logistics official within senior DoD management.

He has served across the U.S. Army and the Joint Force for more than three decades. Mr. Lowman enlisted as a U.S. Marine in 1984 and entered the Army Civil Service as an Army Maintenance Management Intern in 1989. He holds an MS degree from the National War College and an MBA from Monmouth University.

Mr. Gregory Little

Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office, OSD, Deputy CDAO for Enterprise Platforms and Business Optimization

Tuesday, December 13, 2022
8:40 – 9:05 a.m.

Chapin Theater

In March of 2022, Mr. Gregory Little was appointed the Deputy Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office of the Business Analytics Directorate. He oversees the Business Analytics and Strategic Insights, Enterprise Platform and Capabilities and Strategy Operations and Customer Success divisions.

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Little served as Deputy Comptroller for Enterprise Data and Business Performance (EDBP), in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) in January 2021. In this role, he serves as an advisor to the USD(C), DoD’s Principal Staff Assistants and Deputy Secretary of Defense. He is responsible for advancing the National Defense Strategy by leading and championing the evolution of the DoD’s performance management strategy through collaboration with DoD leaders in the use data to evaluate efforts, digital transformation, and improved performance across the Defense Agencies/Field Activities as well as the DoD’s Working Capital Fund.

Mr. Little holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree from Bates College and has studied abroad at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia.

Captain William M. Shepherd, USN (Ret)

Senior Researcher, The Systems Engineering Research Center at Stevens Institute

Tuesday, December 13, 2022
9:05 – 9:30 a.m.

Chapin Theater

William Shepherd has served as a Navy SEAL, NASA Astronaut, Program Manager, and Senior Government Official with the Department of Defense (DoD). He started his military career in 1971 as an Underwater Demolition “Frogman”, and Navy SEAL, with assignments to the Pacific, Atlantic, and European theaters of operation. In 1984, he was one of 17 Astronaut Candidates in NASA’s Astronaut Group 10.  Captain Shepherd flew as a NASA Mission Specialist and Flight Engineer on 3 Space Shuttle flights, missions that carried DoD and scientific payloads to space, performed materials and life science experiments in microgravity, and launched the interplanetary probe “Ulysses” into polar orbit of the Sun. In 1993, CAPT Shepherd was selected to serve as Program Manager for the new International Space Station (ISS), leading a 16-nation partnership to design and build a new orbital “gateway” to space.

In 1996 CAPT Shepherd was named by Vice President Gore and Russian Premier Chernomyrdin to command the “First Expedition” to the new space station. Captain Shepherd and his Russian crewmates, Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev, trained for 4 ½ years in Moscow and Houston, launched to orbit from Kazakhstan aboard a Soyuz rocket in October 2000, and docked with the Space Station two days later. From Nov 2000 to March 2001, Expedition One brought the new station to life as they conducted 3 construction operations with Space Shuttle crews, managed two Soyuz and Progress dockings, and traveled 58,000,000 miles through space—equal to two-thirds the distance between Earth and Mars. Today, the ISS is in its 22nd year of continuous human operations; a robust 500-ton space “ship” home to hundreds of astronaut-explorers who have conducted thousands of hours of unique research activity on nearly 70 expeditions. The ISS partnership, formed 29 years ago, remains a singular example of international cooperation in a very large and complex enterprise.  

CAPT Shepherd returned to the Navy in 2001 to serve as technical advisor to the Navy’s SEAL headquarters in California, and later was the first “Science Advisor” for U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa Fla. During his tour, he introduced mobile fabrication facilities which placed engineers and small workshops in remote forward bases and outposts, providing thousands of technology insertions and solutions directly at the “point of need”.

CAPT Shepherd is researcher with Stevens Institute’s System Engineering Research Center, where he manages the Capstone Marketplace, a DoD-sponsored academic outreach program. The Marketplace connects military operators with undergraduate engineering students, who build innovative hardware and software prototypes in their senior design courses.

CAPT Shepherd received a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S Naval Academy, and master’s and Engineer’s degrees in Mechanical and Ocean Engineering from MIT.  He has received NASA’s Steve Thorne Aviation Award, the Spirit of St. Louis Medal, and was designated an honorary Naval Aviator by the Chief of Naval Air Warfare. His other awards include the National Intelligence Medal of Merit, the Gagarin Gold Medal, the Robert H. Goddard Trophy, and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. In 2009, the International Space Station Program that CAPT Shepherd led on the ground and in space, was awarded the Collier Trophy, recognizing the Nation’s greatest achievements in aviation and astronautics.

Lieutenant General Bruce Litchfield, USAF (Ret)

Vice President, Sustainment Operations, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

Bruce Litchfield is Vice President, Sustainment Operations for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. In this capacity, he is responsible for the execution and strategic growth of the Aeronautics global sustainment business. He also leads the Lockheed Martin Sustainment Council, directs sustainment operations in Greenville, South Carolina, and Montreal, Canada, in addition to Aeronautics Field Team Operations worldwide. He leads a global team dedicated to providing comprehensive mission readiness support, across programs and platforms, to the U.S. military and allies around the world.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. Litchfield served 34 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant General. He commanded six U.S. Air Force units at every level from squadron to standing up, and commanding the Air Force Sustainment Center. Additionally, he is the architect of an innovative leadership and governance system called “Art of the Possible.”

Mr. Litchfield holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Norwich University and a master’s degree in Administration from Georgia College, and National Strategy from the Naval War College.