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