Warfighter Seminar

Join us during JETC 2022 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, 10 May 2022
  • 1:30 - 2:30 PM --  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.
  • 3:00 - 4:00 PM --  Simultaneous Seminar #1, #2, #3, and #4 Working Sessions
    • Open to all JETC Participants to observe, ask questions, etc.
Day 2, Wednesday, 11 May 2022
  • 1:15 - 4:15 PM --  Simultaneous Seminar #1, #2, #3, and #4 Working Sessions
    • Open to all JETC Participants to observe, ask questions, etc.
  • 4:15 - 5:15 PM -- Working Sessions Out-Brief Prep
Day 3, Thursday, 12 May 2022
  • 1:30 - 2:30 PM -- Large Group Out-Brief (findings, possible paths forward, and Senior Leader Comments)
    • Open to all JETC Participants to observe, ask questions, etc.

Seminar #1 - Fast Delivery of Operational Facilities & Infrastructure

In order for the Congressionally authorized Pacific Deterrence Initiative (PDI) to enable effective outcomes aligned to the new 2022 U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy, National Security Strategy and the National Defense Strategy, the Joint Engineer community must channel the can-do spirit of the Greatest Generation to deliver an infrastructure program of a complexity and magnitude not seen in the Indo-Pacific AOR since WWII.  We must address fast delivery of operational facilities and infrastructure while overcoming challenges presented by remote posture locations. Ultimately, setting the theater to defend the nation through integrated deterrence, and ensuring a free and open INDOPACIFC. 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 policies and 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 

  • Provide feedback and current status of actions to Joint Engineer Community from 2021 Seminar Recommendations
  • Continue discussions from the 2021 Seminar on limitations and restrictions of current military construction processes to rapidly deliver joint posture requirements in INDOPACOM theater and possible mitigation actions 
  • Understand unique elements of risk for construction at Pacific Island Country (PIC) locations and opportunities for government and industry to partner to mitigate barriers 
  • Identify targets for construction practice adaptation, standard and methodology evolution that are suited to the peculiarities of large-scale facility and infrastructure improvements in the Pacific and maritime domain
  • Determine potential and advance feasibility of combined, joint and whole of governments approaches to critical infrastructure improvement with allies and partners
  • Explore alternate delivery methods and opportunities to Think, Act and Operate differently in the A/E/C arena to rapidly tackle national security-related infrastructure challenges
  • Consider the infrastructure and economic impacts of Climate Change and sea level rise on Pacific Island Countries and their relation to national security outcomes

Seminar Moderator: Col. William Haight III, P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.), WSP

Seminar Leaders: (1) Capt. Chris Coggins P.E., CEC, USN, US INDOPACOM J44; and (2) Lt. Col. Seth M. Lorimer, F. SAME, USAF, US INDOPACOM J442

Seminar Panel Members: (1) Seth Cutler, OSD A&S-Construction; (2) Lt. Col. Christian Dietz, P.E., PMP, USA, US INDOPACOM J441; (3) Rear Adm. Charles R. Kubic, P.E., F.SAME, USN (Ret.), President, Kubic Engineer Group; (4) Cdr. Chris Decker, USN (Ret.), Planate Management Group; and (5) Capt. Michael Saum, USN (Ret.), AECOM

Seminar #2 – Countering 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, P.E., MDANG

Seminar Leader: Col. Casey Bartholomew, JS J4

Seminar Panel Members: (1) Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Milhorn, P.E., USA, USACE; and (2) Col. Rick Sloop, USAF (Ret.), Fluor

Seminar #3 – Contingency Operations:  Collaboration between Military, Contractors and Contracting officials (1 PDH)

Using the Red Hill GAC (granulated activated carbon) filtration operation AND Tent Camp Operations for Afghan refugees as backdrops, the intent for this seminar is to facilitate a common understanding of contingency contracting dynamics, roles & responsibilities for Gov’t/KTR, impact and they dynamic shift in operations as they mature from contingency to sustainment, providing recommendations to the JETC for incorporation of service component integration of contract support for urgent and compelling operations.  

Learning Objectives
  • Establish common understanding of the dynamic characteristics of contingency contracting during an urgent and compelling operation.   
  • Dissect the evolution of an operation from urgent and compelling (contingency) to enduring (sustaining) and the impacts on the contracting process.  
  • Determine lessons learned for contractor employment for contingency contracts like the GSC MACC, LOGCAP, etc.

Seminar Moderator: Col. Mark Collins, USA (Ret.), Vectrus

Seminar Leader: Cdr. Travis Brinkman, USN, Current OPS, NAVFAC Pacific

Seminar Panel Members: (1) Cary Watanabe, NAVFAC Pacific COR on Vectrus GCSC; (2) Lt. Cdr. John Daly, USN, FEAD MCBH and Flushing OIC; (3) Casey Sinunu, Vectrus Operations; (4) Cdr. Tim Gleason, USN, NAVFAC LANT – OIC OAW; and (5) Col. Robert Nicholson, USA (Ret.), KBR

Seminar #4 – Integration of Innovative Technology into Military Engineering

Discuss and explore the expanding capabilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual/Augmented Reality (V/AR), Additive Manufacturing (3DP), Nanotechnology and Advanced/Composite Materials. Explore how those capabilities can be leveraged to enhance military engineering and better meet the needs of the Nation and joint force in global competition and contingencies.

Learning Objectives
  • Identify advantages, limitations, and restrictions associated with adopting AI, V/AR, 3DP and other innovative/emergent technologies into military engineering
  • Identify the options and means to leverage AI and V/AR in engineer training and education
  • Identify options and the means to improve engineer planning and operations 
  • Identify options and the means to exploit AI in design and additive manufacturing and emerging materials in construction 
Seminar Moderator:  Dr. Shawn Howley, Army Engineer School

Seminar Leader:  Col. Thomas Bongiovi, AF/A4CX

Seminar Panel Members:  (1) Col. Clete Goetz, Director Office of the Chief of Engineers (OCE); (2) CW5 Mohammed Badal, Contingency Construction Branch, OCE; (3) Andy Margules, Office of the Technical Director, ERDC-CRREL; (4) Mark Thompson, Office of Research and Technology Applications, NAVFAC and Expeditionary Warfare Center; (5) Lt. Col. Ryan Walinski, AF/A4CX; and (6) Kyle McCarthy, DLA  Troop Support, Class IV Executive Agent Program

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