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April 12-13, 2011
Miami Beach Convention Center
Miami, FL


Last updated: June 3, 2011

April 11 (Monday)
9 a.m. -
5 p.m.
Registration Open
10 a.m. Golf Tournament, Doral Country Club
Conference Sessions
April 12 (Tuesday)
7:30 a.m. -
5:30 p.m.
Registration Open
8:30 a.m. Welcome
  • Katie Taplett, Aviation Week Publisher, Defense, Space & Security
8:45 a.m. Setting Priorities in Providing Readiness
Meeting cost targets and improving performance efficiencies are only part of the equation in meeting the demand signal for readiness. The leaders responsible for providing sustainment, modifications, maintenance, repair and overhaul have worked with their staffs to identify the key pain points and urgencies when it comes to meeting the requirement, and will share these insights as they project where the enterprise must focus in the coming 24 months.
  • Moderator: Vice Adm Jim Zortman, U.S. Navy (Ret) SVP, Life Cycle Logistics and Support, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
8:45 a.m.
  • General Donald Hoffman, Commander, U.S. Air Force Materiel Command
9:20 a.m.
  • Rear Adm. Timothy Matthews, Commander-Fleet Readiness Centers/NAVAIR, U.S. Navy
10:00 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. The Business Forecast: Where Pain Translates into Opportunity
  • Speaker: Hal Chrisman, Principal, AeroStrategy LLC
11:30 a.m.

Luncheon Speaker: Word from the Battlefield: What integrated readiness means up close
John Johns, Dep Asst Sec Defense returns from Iraq in January 2011 after 12 months working to establish a readiness enterprise for a nation torn by war, civic violence, and instability. He’ll share his insights and perspectives about the past year.

  • John Johns, Dep Asst Sec Def - Maintenance, Office Secretary of Defense
1:00 p.m. Exhibition Hall Opens
1:30 p.m. Acquiring What the Warfighter Needs
We’re in economic distress, and we’re a nation at war. As the Defense Dept. examines future requirements and how best to balance future with current realities, new policies and strategies are being put into place. Here’s an updated view of what the rules of the game will be for the near-term.
  • Moderator: Tom Captain, Vice Chairman, Global and U.S. Aerospace & Defense Leader, Deloitte LLP Speaker: Shay Assad, Director of Defense Procurement, Acquisition Policy and Strategic Sourcing, Office Secretary of Defense
Delivering What the Warfighter Needs
In this frank discussion about weighing alternatives, a government and industry leader will guide us through the issues to be considered as the USAF determines how to contract at varying stages of the lifecycle for sustainment, varying models of industry/government integration and partnerships, and how one of these newly defined relationships is performing. Bottomline: one size does not fit all, but partnership is essential.
  • Jim O’Neill, VP/GM Integrated Logistics, Boeing Defense, Space & Security
  • Debra Tune, Principal Dep. Asst Sec USAF for Installations, Energy and Logistics
  • Steve Geary, University of TN-Knoxville, Center for Executive Education
3:00 p.m. Day One Adjournment
4:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception in the exhibition hall (cash-bar)
5:30 p.m. Exhibition Hall/Registration Closes
7:00 p.m. MRO Reception - Alfred Dupont Building
April 13 (Wednesday) Day Two
7:00 a.m. Speakers and Advisory Board Members
7:30 a.m. Registration opens
8:30 a.m. Welcome
Defining What the Warfighter Needs

The military’s senior leaders provide an overview of the operating tempo and the needs, as seen through the eyes of those who are in the field. Each leader will provide an overview of mission requirements in terms of what the user views as necessary when s/he is preparing for the mission. This will include tradeoffs in terms of time, reliability, cost, etc. – what I need when I need it.
  • Moderator: Brig Gen Pete Hennessey, USAF-R, SVP National Security, Battelle Institute
8:30 a.m.
  • Maj Gen Brett Williams, Director of Operations, U.S. Air Force
9:00 a.m.
  • Rear Adm Ted Branch, Commander, US Naval Air Forces, Atlantic
9:30 a.m.
  • Maj Gen Lester Eisner, Dep Adj Gen, SC National Guard
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. U.S. Air Force depots are working to achieve several savings while also improving the support provided the warfighter. Among these is use of commercial best practices, leveraging the commercial market, and “leaning” of the back-office functions to eliminate non-value work.
  • Moderator: Lieut Gen Don Wetekam, USAF (Ret) and SVP Govt and Defense Business Development, AAR Corp.
  • Maj Gen Robert McMahon, Commander, Robins Air Logistics Center, Warner Robins AFB
  • Bill Peterson, Faculty - Center for Executive Education, University of Tennessee
  • Col. Michael Schmidt, CLS Programs Director, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker AFB
10:30 a.m. Exhibition Hall Open
11:45 a.m. Lunch in Exhibition Hall
1:00 p.m. Creating Improvements in Helicopter Sustainment
Condition-based maintenance was a first step toward driving improvement in providing readiness for rotorcraft assets. In this session, we’ll hear about the new and next steps being taken with rotorwing depot efforts. First is the work under way at the Corpus Christi Army Depot, while the second case study deals with changes implemented in support of U.S. Coast Guard assets under a performance-based contract to reduce cycle from 45 days to three days, to prove out the supply chain and to improve reliability, in some cases by more than 90%. Today is a relationship that provides real-time visiblity of assets and issues to assure availability.
  • Moderator: George Mitchell, Director-Sikorsky Military Support, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Col Christopher Carlile, Commander, Corpus Christi Army Depot
  • Scott Gunnufson, VP/GM Service Solutions, Rockwell Collins
1:45 p.m. Fleet Readiness Centers Move Beyond Low Hanging Fruit
The Navy has long led transformation efforts when it comes to its readiness centers, realigning assets and implementing cost-reduction activities. After years of focus, the fleet readiness centers face the tougher challenges of creating improvement after all the low-hanging fruit has been harvested. In this program review, attendees will learn about the efforts to restore the grounded P-3 Orion fleet due to structural damages, and beating the target for completions.
  • Moderator: Mike D. Shreeve, Sr. Manager-Global Sustainment/Southeastern US, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.
  • Capt Mike Kelly, Force Materiel Officer at Commander, Naval Air Forces
  • Capt. Paul Sohl, Commanding Officer, USN Fleet Readiness Center Southeast
2:30 p.m. Symposium Roundup
The past two days have been spent looking at the realities of creating warfighter readiness. Here’s how the senior leaders sum up the findings of our symposium – what’s been gained and what they see as the lights of ambiguity and convergence in addressing the complex issue of readiness.
  • Moderator: Vice Adm Walter Massenburg, USN-R, Director Performance Excellence, Raytheon
  • Maj Gen (USAF-R) Scott Gray, VP F-22 Sustainment, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.
  • Mark D. Bass, VP /GM Maintenance, Modifications & Upgrades, Boeing
  • Rear Adm John E. “Ed” Boyington (USN-R), VP/GM Aviation and Logistics, DRS Technologies
  • George Mitchell, VP Military Customer Service, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Gary Nenninger, VP Army Aviation Programs, Huntsville Operations, L-3 Communications
3:30 p.m. Conference Adjourns
4:30 Cocktail Reception in the Exhibition Hall
5:30 Exhibition Hall/Registration Closes
April 14 (Thursday )
No MRO Military sessions
9:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Exhibition Hall Opened