35th Annual National Logistics Forum

NDIA Logistics Forum article by Carl Buhler

The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) recently announced their 35th Annual National Logistics Forum.  The Forum will be held in Tampa, Florida at the DoubleTree Tampa Airport – Westshore, between 10 and 11 April 2019.  The theme for this year is “Logistics in an Age of Great Power Competition.”

Hosted by NDIA, this year’s forum is expected to have over 300 defense leaders attend from across government, industry and the Armed Services.  NDIA is a non-partisan, non-profit, educational association that “drives strategic dialogue in national security by identifying key issues and leveraging the knowledge and experience of its military, government, industry, and academic members to address them.”  Additionally, NDIA has over 1,600 corporate and 85,000 individual members.

According to NDIA, the National Logistics Forum is designed “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 where necessary anywhere 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.

The “National Logistics Forum brings together senior government and industry logistics policy officials and practitioners to address current challenges facing the delivery of logistics capabilities and services in the current and future severely resource constrained environment. The event highlights significant challenges in maintaining our military force readiness in the face of a rapidly changing threat and declining state of force availability” stated 10 Times.

NDIA offers a few key reasons to attend, such as:  “Expansion – Learn and understand the shifts taking place that respond 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.”

For more information, or to register, please visit the NDIA registration page.

The author Brigadier General Carl Buhler, US Air Force retired is the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services for aircraft maintenance, technology, SBIR, supply, logistics and production. Brig Gen Carl Buhler (ret) is a member of the Air Force Association, the National Association of Corporate Directors, and the National Defense Industrial Association.