Warfighter Seminar

Join us during Virtual JETC for the Warfighter Seminar.  These sessions will host interactions and partnerships between industry and government and will discuss and resolve current Engineer challenges.  Details on the schedule and seminars are provided below.


Day 1, Tuesday, 18 May 2021
  • 1:00 PM EDT -- (60 Minutes) Large Group In Brief (introductions, description of seminars, objectives, desired outcomes, and Senior Leader Guidance)
    • Open to all JETC Participants to observe, ask questions, etc.
  • 2:15 PM EDT -- (60 Minutes) Simultaneous Seminar #1, #2, and #3 Working Sessions
    • Open to all JETC Participants to observe, ask questions, etc.
Day 2, Wednesday, 19 May 2021
  • 1:00 PM EDT -- (60 Minutes) Simultaneous Seminar #1, #2, and #3 Working Sessions
    • Open to all JETC Participants to observe, ask questions, etc.
Day 3, Thursday, 20 May 2021
  • 1:00 PM EDT -- (60 Minutes) Simultaneous Seminar #1, #2, and #3 Working Sessions
    • Open to all JETC Participants to observe, ask questions, etc.
  • 2:15 PM EDT -- (60 to 90 Minutes) Working Session for Panel Moderators, Leaders and Participants plus support staff to develop Outbrief
    • Closed to JETC Participants
Day 4, Friday, 21 May 2021
  • 1:00 PM EDT -- (60 Minutes) Large Group Out Brief (findings, possible paths forward, and Senior Leader Comments)
    • Open to all JETC Participants to observe, ask questions, etc.

Warfighter Seminar #1

Fast Delivery of Operational Facilities & Infrastructure
Effective execution of the National Defense Strategy and the National Military Strategy requires Military Engineers to re-energize and adapt our legacy construction processes (with their 3-5 year lockstep methodologies) to address fast delivery of operational facilities and infrastructure at new locations within the competitive space.   Being agile in building out at non-traditional “places” is vital to overcoming peer competitors while countering the threat of global conflict.  To gain the flexibility and responsiveness required to achieve future global competitive success, government and industry must adopt a broader and more flexible perspective of military construction, assess and update overly restrictive statutory authorities, and advance new ideas, concepts and technologies  to provide nimbler delivery methodologies for operational facilities and infrastructure while sustaining healthy contractor competition and scrupulous oversight of taxpayer resources.  

Learning Objectives
  • Identify limitations and restrictions of current military construction processes to rapidly deliver joint posture requirements in INDOPACOM and EUCOM theaters and possible mitigation actions.
  • Understand the value of theater infrastructure master planning to sequencing and surging of infrastructure delivery.
  • Identify means to resource, plan, design, and execute more flexible and sustainable construction projects at remote/austere locations efficiently and effectively.
  • Identify approaches to articulate, message and gain authority and resources to advance new contracting and construction ideas, concepts and technologies; and, to identify and seize strategic opportunities to improve construction speed and flexibility.
  • Determine the potential and advance the feasibility of adopting a more flexible and sustainable whole of government and whole of partner and allies capabilities to assess and improve critical national infrastructure.
Seminar Moderator: COL William Haight III, P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.), WSP

Seminar Leader: CAPT Jeff Deviney or COL Jim Hoyman, INDOPACOM Engineer Staff

Panel: (1) Mr. Thadd Buzan, OSD; (2) CAPT Tim Liberatore, USN, Cdr, Nav Region Marianas; (3) Lt Col Hans Anker, USAF, EUCOM ECJ4; (4) Mr. Lalit Wadhwa, NAU USACE; (5) Mr. Chris Tew, NAU USACE; (6) MAJ Seth Lorimer, USAF, INDOPACOM PCJ4; (7) Dave Cintron, KBR; (8) Jason Pantoja, KBR, (9) CDR Chuck Smith, USN (Ret), WSP

Warfighter Seminar #2

Adverse Influences and Impacts on Overseas Contractors by Allies, Competitors and Adversaries
The panel will discuss the “new frontier” of how allies, competitors and adversaries can adversely influence and impact contractors as they work to meet operational construction and service objectives. The discussion will focus on likely tactics, actions and administrative regulations that allies, competitors and adversaries could (and do) employ against contractors to disrupt projects; and how such behaviors and restrictions would impact/influence the employment of contract capability and capacity. The panel will then explore proven and possible ways and means to minimize or prevent disruption of overseas projects by allies, competitors and adversaries.  

Learning Objectives
  • Identify probable adverse influences and impacts and the scope of their disruption to overseas construction of critical operational facilities and infrastructure.
  • Identify probable operational gaps and shortfalls which could be created by restrictive actions by allies, competitors and adversaries when executing overseas construction projects.
  • Identify means and discuss ideas on how best to mitigate adverse effects of “unhelpful interference” by allies, competitors and adversaries in overseas construction projects.
Seminar Moderator: Col Todd Graham, PE, MDANG, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton

Seminar Leader: CDR R. Stephen Ramsey, JS J4

Panel: (1) COL Jim Koeppen, USA, CENTCOM; (2) LTC James Sakai, USA, CENTCOM; (3) LTC CB Batts, USA, CENTCOM; (4) CDR Kendall Chapman, USN, 30th Naval Construction Regiment; (5) Lt Col Rick Sloop, USAF (Ret), Fluor; (6) COL Mark Collins, USA (Ret), Vectrus; (7) Dr. Jeff Becker, Center for Naval Analyses; (8) Dr. Chris Cairns, Center for Naval Analyses; (9) Col Kyle Hicks, USAF (ret.), AFIMSC/Det. 2; James Vandenberg, Dept. of State/OBO; Peter Gulbranson, Dept. of State/OBO

Warfighter Seminar #3

Operational Mobility in Support of Expeditionary Operations
The panel will discuss in an unclassified setting how the joint force and private industry can (must) come together to provide support and services to ensure the Operational Commander has dependable mobility to conduct distributed expeditionary operations in austere, remote locations.  The discussion will address how theater entry points and mobility corridors can be identified using advanced technology to enable innovative  damage repair of existing aerial and seaports; and, where required, to establish initial facilities to enable sustained access and unimpeded mobility.

Learning Objectives
  • Identify how innovative planning systems can enable determination of joint force requirements and options to support global operational reach and unimpeded expeditionary access.
  • Identify current capabilities to enable reach and access as well as currently identified gaps and/or shortfalls.
  • Identify innovative technologies and emerging Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs) designed to mitigate and overcome current operational limitations.
Seminar Moderator: RADM Chuck Kubic, CEC, USN (Ret), Kubic Engineer Group

Panel: (1) CAPT Al Hutchinson, U.S. Pacific Fleet; (2) COL David Noble, SOUTHCOM; (3) CAPT Matt Riethmiller, Naval Construction Group ONE;  (4) LTC Erik Fleischner, USA (Ret.), EUCOM; (5) Mr. Kawa Amina, PACOM; (6) LTC Dominic Sparacio, USA (Ret), NAVFAC; (7) Col Brian Duffy, USAF (Ret), Stanley Consultants, Inc.; (8) CDR Charlie Kubic, USN (Ret) Booz Allen Hamilton

Connection Information:

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