The war in Ukraine has been testing the industrial base of the United States in recent months. The United States has provided lots of military aid in terms of artillery rounds, missiles, PATRIOT air defense systems and now M1A2 Tanks. We are running out of equipment and other material as highlighted in a recent article, "Empty Bins in a Wartime Environment" by Seth Jones. This webcast will highlight the actions taken by a couple Program managers that have been essentially mobilized due to the War in Ukraine. What does it take from an Industrial Base standpoint to go from 1X to 10X in a short period of time.
Who should attend?
Those in both government and industry, from all functional areas, who want to learn ways they and their organizations can prepare their industrial base for potential conflict or War.
Competing to Win Series:
Attending these sessions will help you relate the work you do in defense acquisition to the strategic competition shaping our national security environment (to learn more click here). 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.
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, supply chain risk management and resilience, industrial base strategies and assisting practitioners in the acquisition community— to question the status quo, think differently, innovate, accelerate logistics pathways, and improve warfighter outcomes.
Mr. Jay Brannam, Executive Director, Munitions Industrial Base Task Force (MIBTF)
Jay plans, leads, and coordinates the activities, operations, and finances of the MIBTF. He advocates on behalf of the programs necessary for the preservation of the ammunition industrial base. Prior to joining the MIBTF, Jay held several positions of increasing responsibility in industry and government. He joined ATK, later Orbital-ATK, as the Senior Director, Washington Operations for 12 years. Prior to ATK, Jay worked for 17 years in government service in positions that included: Pentagon Liaison for PEO Ammunition; Senior Policy Analyst with the Office of the Executive Director for Conventional Ammunition; and at the Marine Corps Systems Command he served as the Senior Ground Combat Analyst, Director Program Analysis and Evaluation and as an Assistant Program Manager for the Program Manager for Ammunition. Jay holds a B.A. in Economics from George Mason University, a M.S. in Systems Management from Capitol College, and a Certificate in Management from Darden School of Business.
COL Ryan Howell, Program Manager Main Battle Tank
Colonel (COL) Ryan Howell commissioned in the Field Artillery through the ROTC program at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He was a Platoon Leader, Fire Support Officer, Battalion Fire Direction Officer, Battery Commander, and Assistant Operations Officer. After transitioning to the Army Acquisition Corp, Ryan served as an Armor Materials Research Team Leader, Field Assistance Science and Technology Team Leader, Assistant Program Manager (APM) to PM Mission Command, and APM to PM Ground Combat Vehicle while stationed at APG, MD. COL Howell served OSD as a Materials Engineer and Research Scientist in Europe. He was the Product Manager for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle in Warren, MI, and Executive Officer to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. COL Howell has been deployed to Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan in support of GWOT, OIF, and OEF. He completed his Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology and has over 17 publications.
Mr. Mike Kuenzli, Project Manager for Tactical Aviation and Ground Munitions
Mr. Michael (Mike) Kuenzli is the Acting Project Manager for the Tactical Aviation and Ground Munitions (TAGM) Project Office. He oversees five ACAT I programs, each in different life cycle stages. The portfolio consists of the HELLFIRE and Joint Air-to-Ground Missiles (JAGM), Hydra 70 Family of Rocket Systems, Tube-launched Optically Tracked Wireless (TOW), Javelin missile systems, as well as numerous Rapid Capability and emerging programs. These systems are used on many platforms spanning air, land, and sea. Mr. Kuenzli served in the Army from 1987 through 2007. In 2003, he joined the Acquisition Corps. He holds a Master of Science in System Engineering from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Science in Acquisition and Contract Management from Florida Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps and is Level III/Advanced certified in Program Management, Life Cycle Logistics, and Systems Engineering.