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Forging a Stronger Supply Chain

@ 12:30 pm ET
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    Description:

    DoD's supply chains are vital to U.S. national security and defense strategy objectives.  Our adversaries are mapping the supply chains of our weapon systems to degrade our warfighting capabilities and impair our ability to reconstitute them during a conflict. Like other key areas, U.S. Government and defense The U.S. must rapidly develop plans and methodologies to secure our supply chains from raw materials to finished products.  What efforts are DoD, the Department of Defense, industry and academia undertaking to achieve this and how should we view those in the broader context of strategic competition with China and other adversaries?  This panel will discuss how these efforts could shape future DoD Acquisition and sustainment in ways that we never thought about before.


    Who should attend:

    USG and DoD program managers, Lifecycle Logistics workforce members, supply activities, sustainment organizations, and U.S. industry personnel who want to learn more about how the DoD Acquisition community is developing plans and methodologies to defend our supply chains for our warfighting capabilities.

     

    Competing to Win Series:

    Attending these sessions will help you relate the work you do in defense acquisition to the Great Power Competition (to learn more click here <https://www.dau.edu/greatpowercompetition> ) shaping our national security environment.  Learn how to meet the challenge and help the US maintain its competitive advantage!  Session format is curated conversation with thought leaders from across DoD, industry, academia and the acquisition workforce. No slides, followed by live Q&A.


    Moderator:

    Mr. Steven Karl, Professor of Logistics Management, DAU, DSMC

    Mr. Steve Karl is a professor at the Defense Systems Management College (DSMC) and a seasoned acquisition professional, logistician, and maintainer with 37 years of his experience. Steve graduated from Boston College in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He also earned a Master of Science degree in National Strategic Resourcing in 2009 from the Eisenhower School at the National Defense University. His current work includes developing curricula, teaching sustainment planning and supply chain risk management and resilience and assisting practitioners in the acquisition community— to question the status quo, think differently, innovate, accelerate logistics pathways, and improve warfighter outcomes.


    Panel Members:

    Brigadier General Link, Executive Director, Operational Contract Support (A&S), DoD Supply Chain Resilience and Risk Management Lead  

    Brigadier General (BG) Michelle Link is the Executive Director, Operational Contract Support Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Washington DC and currently leads the Departments' efforts to develop a framework and strategy for supply chain resilience and risk management.BG Link graduated from Michigan State University, in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. She also earned a Master of Science degree with Distinction in Engineering, Management from the University of Hertfordshire, England in 2001 and a Master of Science Degree from the Army War College in 2017.Brigadier General Link has served in a variety of command and staff positions as an Army Engineer over the length of her career.  In her civilian capacity, Brigadier General Link serves as Product Support Manager, Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems, Assistant Secretary of the Army, (Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology), Warren, Michigan.


     
    Mr. James Blayney Rice MIT, Deputy Director, Center for Transportation & Logistics Director, Supply Chain Exchange Program
     
    Jim Rice joined the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics in 1995 and was appointed as the Deputy Director of CTL in 2007.  In this capacity he oversees all industrial outreach programs and serves as the Director of the Supply Chain Exchange and runs CTL's Executive Education Programs. His primary research has been focused on supply chain resilience and risk management, currently on quantifying resilient supply chains.  His work includes developing and applying principles and frameworks for creating resilient maritime transportation systems through a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence.  The research is recently focusing on quantifying and measuring resilience for financial decision-making support.  In addition to studying resilience and risk management, Jim studies supply chain innovation. Prior to joining MIT, Jim managed manufacturing and distribution operations at Procter & Gamble, and served as a sales and market manager at General Electric Company.  Jim earned his MBA in Operations and Finance from the Harvard Business School, and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. 


    Ms. Stacy Newstead Principal Solutions Architect

    Mrs. Stacy Newstead is a Materials Engineer and MBA. She worked as a Department of Defense civilian in the test and evaluation field becoming familiar with DoD's system acquisition processes and the phases of a system's life cycle. She then transitioned to a prime Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) manufacturer where she learned about manufacturing practices, multi-tiered supply chains, and DIB dynamics. Most recently, she transitioned to Defense Services to use the combination of her professional and educational experiences to provide in-depth supply chain analysis and hands on risk mitigation for DoD. She and her team illuminate and assess supply chains down to the raw materials level and assist the Government to develop and execute mitigations. As a service provider to DoD, she has gained exposure to various SCRM tools and platforms, experts, and best practices among different parts of industry.


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