DoD Maintenance Symposium

December 9-12, 2019 │ Spokane, Washington, USA

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018

Posturing Sustainment to Compete and Win Against a Peer Competitor


Discuss with senior defense leaders the implications of a more dynamic and dispersed force employment framework required for high-end warfighting and deterrence threats upon our sustainment systems. The new National Defense Strategy makes a clear case for action now to ensure we can support the future force. Upon conclusion of the session, a broader understanding of some of the unique challenges and initial sustainment reform initiatives already underway will be obtained.


DoD recognizes that the demands and inherent unpredictability of the future force posture will fundamentally change how we think about providing logistics support to the warfighter. Fixed logistics hubs of massive scale that operate largely unharassed from the adversary are unrealistic and unlikely going forward. After more than a decade and a half of conflict, one thing is for sure: The high-end conflict we must prepare for now will not be like the last one from a sustainer’s perspective. In light of that, we must aggressively get beyond that last fight in order to evolve to meet the challenges before us within the context of new demands and opportunities.

This is change management on a grand scale that will require a shared vision and tighter integration between Service operational logistics nodes that we have achieved to date; a true multi-domain logistics command and control capability. The session will explore adjustments to our risk tolerance levels in terms of logistics and maintenance capabilities commensurate with a distributed logistics construct, as well as a discussion on how we may absorb adversary attacks targeted specifically at our sustainment systems and nodes while continuing to support more lethal forces in the field. The dialog will include an assessment of the triggers to surge production of our organic industrial base and what measures, and/or investments need to be made now in order to reform our wholesale production operations to enhance the performance of our supply, logistics, and maintenance systems.

Mr. Kenneth D. Watson
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Materiel Readiness)
Office of the Secretary of Defense

Lieutenant General Aundre F. Piggee, USA - presentation*
Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4

Lieutenant General Charles G. Chiarotti, USMC
Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics

Rear Admiral John Polowczyk, USN
Vice Director, J4, Joint Staff

Major General Cedric George, USAF - presentation*
Deputy Director of Resource Integration of Logistics Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection

Rear Admiral Richard Duke Heinz, SC, USN
Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 

Health of the Defense Industrial Base


Assemble key leaders to examine the health of the Industrial Base to explore the key issues facing it in the years and decades ahead. More pointedly, to provide a dynamic and highly interactive exchange focused on steps that might be taken, in the near term to ensure the future health of the American national security; within the industrial base. "How can we effectively responded to security threats to our national industrial base?"


The defense and national industrial base has certainly played a major role in defending America, from the major build-up during World War II to providing advanced equipment to our servicemen and women in today's conflicts. In preparing a response to Executive Order 13806, the DoD worked extensively to characterize the inherent criticalities and fragilities across the spectrum of commodities and cross-cutting services that enable effective National Defense. What we discovered was those traditional strengths of our industrial base through the Cold War era are at risk, and this is all the more concerning given the complexity of today's threats we face. American manufacturing capacity is declining while technology is evolving at a tremendous pace. This forum assembles key leaders and functional stakeholders in the Organic Industrial Base to examine in a threat scenario how the organic industrial base is postured to perform in the event that select sectors of the commercial sector fall short of expectations. More pointedly, to answer the question, "Have we effectively responded to gaps in our national industrial base with our organic base capabilities?"

Brigadier General Kyle W. Robinson, USAF
The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy

Rear Admiral Mark R. Whitney, USN
Director, Fleet Maintenance
U.S. Fleet Forces Command

Rear Admiral Michael Zarkowski, USN 
Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers

Brigadier General John C. Kubinec, USAF
Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, Robins Air Force Base

Rear Admiral Melvin W. Bouboulis, USCG - presentation*
Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics
U.S. Coast Guard

Mr. Jan Jedrych - presentation*
Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army
(Acquisition Policy and Logistics)

Mr. David Clifton
Executive Deputy
Marine Corps Logistics Command

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018

F-35's Sustainment Journey and Revelations for Other Weapon System Acquisitions


Viewed as a case study, present the F-35's journey to establish sustainment capability, addressing both technical and programmatic issues that are confounding to logisticians and sustainers. Translate the F-35 lessons learned to other major weapon system acquisitions.


The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is a revolutionary weapon system built on a foundation of next-generation capabilities supported by an unprecedented sustainment concept. Considering the magnitude of the program, the large, diverse array of suppliers and consumers, the concurrency of fielding and design and the number of configurations fielded, it is also the most complex acquisition ever conceived. Given these superlatives combined with simultaneous acquisition and sustainment, it should come as no surprise that there are some significant challenges in sustaining the F-35. A cross section of experts will share lessons learned from this fifth-generation fighter acquisition and how this approach could influence our sustainment methodology for future weapon systems.

Mr. Daniel Fri
F-35 Director for Logistics and Sustainment/Product Support Manager

Brigadier General Thomas Todd, USA 
Program Executive Officer, Aviation

Ms. Candy Chesser - presentation*
AIR-6.6 Director, Logistics Management Integration Department
Naval Air Systems Command

Ms. Bridget Lauderdale
Vice President, F-35 Global Sustainment
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Colonel Michael T. Miles, USAF - presentation*
388th Maintenance Group