The purpose of the 35th Annual National Logistics Forum is to provide the opportunity for industry and government stakeholders to engage in candid dialogue about the issues and challenges of maintaining global military readiness and to place and sustain forces anywhere necessary in the world. The theme, Logistics in an Age of Great Power Competition, reflects the increasingly critical role of readiness and sustainment when facing the rise of near-peer competitors.
This year, the Forum will be attended by logistics directors from the Combatant Commands, the Military Services, and support agencies. There will be more than 300 senior defense professionals from government, industry, and the Services in attendance at the Forum.
*Please note: This event is open to the press. Please view our Media Guidelines for more information.
HON Robert H. McMahon
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment
Mr. McMahon is the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment. He serves as the principal staff assistant and advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Secretary of Defense on sustainment in the Department of Defense, and is the principal logistics official within the senior management.
Lieutenant General Giovanni K. Tuck
Director for Logistics, Joint Staff
As the J4, Lt Gen Tuck integrates logistics planning and execution in support of global operations and assists the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in fulfilling his responsibilities as the principal military advisor to the President and Secretary of Defense.
Lieutenant General Darrell K. Williams
Director of the Defense Logistics Agency
LTG Williams provides strategic leadership for the Defense Department’s combat support agency for worldwide logistics.
Lieutenant General Charles G. Chiarotti
Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics, HQ USMC
LtGen Chiarotti oversees Marine Corps logisticians providing the Corps the ability to generate, train, deploy, and sustain expeditionary crisis response forces to fight and win on the 21st-century battlefield.
Rear Admiral Paul J. Verrastro
Director Of Logistics, U.S. European Command
He recently served as commander, Naval Supply Systems Weapons Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS), and as director, Logistics Programs and Business Operations in the Office of Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N41).
About the Logistics Management Division
The Logistics Division maintains a regular dialogue with the senior leadership of the Defense community. Its mission is to address the logistics role in projecting global power in a constantly changing world. Your presence would send a strong message that the Defense logistics community, which represents a very large portion of the annual Defense budget, is critical to our national defense.
Maintaining military readiness in the face of rapidly changing threats and declining state-of-force availability requires innovation. We will assess logistics support to the warfighter based on present and future constraints in the coming years.
Expansion - Learn and understand the shifts taking place in response to changing missions and the opportunities those create.
Networking – With more than 200 senior government and industry policy officials and practitioners attending, this Forum is the best place to network.
Engagement – Discuss and debate with national and international attendees and various logistics management experts.
*Numbers are based on 2018 conference attendance.
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