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.

National Inventors’ Day – February 11, 2019

Inventor Day image for Carl Buhler articleToday, February 11, 2019 is National Inventors’ Day.  On June 21, 1982, the 97th Congress passed Joint Resolution 140 (Public Law 97 – 198), to designate 11 February, the anniversary of Thomas Edison’s birthday, as National Inventors’ Day.  Edison was born on February 11, 1847, in Milan, Ohio and held 1093 patents according to the EDN network.

Subsequent to the Congressional Joint Resolution, when Ronald Reagan was President of the United States, he proclaimed February 11, 1983 as National Inventors’ Day via Proclamation 5013.  In the proclamation, President Reagan wrote Almost two hundred years ago, President George Washington recognized that invention and innovation were fundamental to the welfare and strength of the United States. He successfully urged the First Congress to enact a patent statute as expressly authorized by the U.S. Constitution and wisely advised that “there is nothing which can better deserve your patronage than the promotion of science . . .” In 1790, the first patent statute initiated the transformation of the United States from an importer of technology to a world leader in technological innovation.

Today, just as in George Washington’s day, inventors are the keystone of the technological progress that is so vital to the economic, environmental, and social well-being of this country. Individual ingenuity and perseverance, spurred by the incentives of the patent system, begin the process that results in improved standards of living, increased public and private productivity, creation of new industries, improved public services, and enhanced competitiveness of American products in world markets.

In recognition of the enormous contribution inventors make to the nation and the world, the Congress, pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 140 (Public Law 97-198), has designated February 11, 1983, the anniversary of the birth of Thomas Alva Edison, one of America’s most famous and prolific inventors, as National Inventors’ Day. Such recognition is especially appropriate at a time when our country is striving to maintain its global position as a leader in innovation and technology. Key to our future success will be the dedication and creativity of inventors.

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim February 11, 1983, as National Inventors’ Day and call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 12th day of Jan., in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and seventh.”

To observe National Inventors’ Day, National Day Calendar recommends you “[k]eep tinkering.  Keep seeking a cure, a fix, and improvements to our everyday life.  Take time to recognize an inventor and encourage them to keep creating the next great invention.”  Another way is to use #NationalInventorsDay on social media.  For teachers, there is a lesson available about National Inventor’s Day at the National Day Calendar Classroom.

Across the world and the United States, inventors are making a difference every day.  For inventors and companies looking to explore how their inventions can help the United States Department of Defense, there are many technology and innovation efforts ongoing.  One example is with the United States Air Force and their AFWERX initiative.  AFWERX was designed to solve Air Force challenges by working with industry on innovative technology and solutions. One part of AFWERX is focused on new technologies and small businesses, who can apply for opportunities through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. For more information on AFWERX, visit their site.

The author, United States Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler is the CEO and lead consultant of Buhler Consulting, LLC, a consulting company that specializes in providing consulting services for aircraft maintenance, supply, technology, SBIR, logistics and production. Brigadier General Buhler (ret) is a computer and technology fan, plus is a member of the Air Force Association and National Defense Industrial Association.

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February 8, 2019 – National Boy Scouts Day

Boy Scouts for Carl Buhler article

Today, February 8, 2019, is National Boy Scouts Day.  Additionally, the month of February is celebrated as Boy Scout Month.

According to the National Day Calendar, “The Boy Scouts of America has roots in the British Boy Scouts organization which was created in 1908 after the success of the book Scouting for Boys by Robert Baden-Powell.  On a foggy day in London an American newspaperman, William Dickson Boyce, became lost when a Boy Scout came to his assistance. With the boy’s guidance, Boyce arrived at his destination. When Boyce offered payment for the assistance, the Boy Scout refused explaining it was a good deed.  Boyce was inspired to organize similar youth groups into one organization. On February 8, 1910, Boyce filed papers of incorporation, and the Boy Scouts of America was born.  Boy Scouts have had a profound impact on the United States.  Many presidents and other dignitaries have been Boy Scouts.  A total of 181 Astronauts have also been a part of the Boy Scout program.”

Incorporated in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America published their first Boy Scout Handbook in 1911. For an list of interesting facts about the Boy Scouts, visit here.

According to NationalCalendarDay.com, one way to observe today is by using #NationalBoyScoutsDay on social media posts.  Additionally, per National Today, three ways to observe National Boy Scouts Day are to “Do a good turn for someone else, learn a new skill, and go camping.”

The author Brigadier General Carl Buhler, US Air Force (retired) is currently the CEO and Lead Consultant of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services covering aircraft maintenance, technology, SBIR, supply, logistics and production. Carl is a career aircraft maintenance, munitions, and logistics officer and was a member of the Cub Scouts and Webelos while growing up.  Carl has also served as a Webelos Den Leader and Boy Scout volunteer.  He is also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

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Four Chaplains Day – February 3, 2019

four chaplain day article by brigadier general retired carl buhler

As February 3, 2019 approaches, we’re reminded of the 76th anniversary of the event remembered as Four Chaplains Day.

Last year, the New York Times released an article that provides a great description of that fateful day.  The New York times wrote “On Feb. 3, 1943, the U.S.A.T. Dorchester, a military transport ship carrying 902 American servicemen and civilian workers, was torpedoed by a German submarine about 100 miles off the cost of Greenland. In 18 minutes, the ship would be lost under the frigid sea.  Panic ensued. The sailors who were not killed in the explosion or trapped below rushed to the decks, where some of the lifeboats had frozen to the ship, survivors recounted. But four chaplains standing on the decks remained calm, distributing life jackets. When the supply ran out, the chaplains gave the sailors their own.

The New York Times continued, “Only 230 men survived the sinking of the Dorchester, making it one of the worst naval tragedies for the Americans in World War II. Witnesses recalled seeing the four chaplains standing with arms interlocked, each praying in his own way, as the ship sunk. They were Catholic, Jewish and Protestant: Rabbi Alexander D. Goode, the Rev. George L. Fox, a Methodist Minister, the Rev. Clark V. Poling of the Reformed Church in America, and the Rev. John P. Washington, a Roman Catholic priest.”

For more details behind Four Chaplains Day, the Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation provides information here.  Additionally, for organizations organizing events to honor Four Chaplains Day, the American Legion recently released guidelines here.

The author, United States Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler is the CEO and lead consultant of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services for aircraft maintenance, supply, technology, logistics and production.  Carl is a proud member of the American Legion.

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