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Conference on America's Ports: Supporting Our National Military Objectives

April 30-May 2, 2019

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Co-hosted by the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA)
and Christopher Newport University's Center for American Studies


in association with:

U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD)

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U.S. Army Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC)

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American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)

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About the Conference

The National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and Christopher Newport University’s Center for American Studies jointly present the Conference on America's Ports: Supporting Our National Military Objectives, at Christopher Newport University, April 30-May 2, 2019.

Registration

Government/military - $100
Industry member - $345
Industry nonmember - $395

Early-Bird Discount: Until 11:59 p.m. on March 31, all member and nonmember Industry registrations will receive a $50 discount.

Agenda

April 30, 2019

Schedule of events
TimeEventLocation
2:30-4 p.m. NDTA Port Subcommittee Meeting Gaines Theatre
5:30-6:45 p.m. Welcome Reception

Hosted by Center for American Studies and NDTA, with remarks by CNU and NDTA.

David Student Union Boardroom

May 1, 2019

Schedule of events
TimeEventLocation
7-8:15 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast Freeman 101
8:15-9 a.m. Opening Remarks
  • Dr. Nathan Busch, Professor of Political Science and Co-Director, Center for American Studies, Christopher Newport University
  • Vice Adm. William "Andy" Brown, USN (ret.), President and CEO, NDTA
  • Maj. Gen. Stephen E. Farmen, Commander, SDCC
  • Kurt J. Nagle, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Port Authorities
Gaines Theatre
9-9:45 a.m. Keynote Address

The connection between strategic ports, our military, and the surface transportation network.

  • Rear Adm. Mark H. "Buz" Buzby, USN (ret.), Maritime Administrator and Chair, NPRN
  • Introduced by John F. Reinhart, CEO Port of Virginia (tentative)
Gaines Theatre
9:45-10:45 a.m. Panel 1: Role of Strategic Ports

National Strategic Ports Review: Current Trends and Issues

Moderator: Kevin M. Tokarski – Chair, National Port Readiness Network Steering Group (NPRNSG); and Associate Administrator for Strategic Sealift, Maritime Administration (MARAD)

  • Rear Adm. Peter J. Clarke – Director, Strategic Plans, Policy and Logistics (TC J5/J4), U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM); and NPRNSG (invited)
  • COL Lillard D. Evans, Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC); and NPRNSG (invited)
  • Representative from AAPA (TBD)
Gaines Theatre
10:45-11:15 a.m. Networking Break Freeman 101
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Panel 2: Working with Strategic Ports

Operationalizing Strategic Seaports as a Key Military Readiness Lever

Moderator: Ernest Bezdek, - Chair Ports Sub Committee, NDTA Surface Committee; and Director of Trade Development, Port of Beaumont

  • Larry Kelly, CEO, Port of Port Arthur
  • Griffith Lynch, CEO, Port of Savannah
  • Representative from MARAD – TBD
Gaines Theatre
12:30-1:45 p.m. Luncheon Keynote Address

Assessing our ability to use our ports as strategic launch platforms for our military forces.

  • Lt. Gen. John J. Broadmeadow, USMC, Deputy Commander, USTRANSCOM (tentative)
  • Introduction by Vice Adm. Brown
David Student Union Ballroom
2-3 p.m. Panel 3: Challenges for Strategic Ports

What are the commercial trends and challenges in the worldwide shipping industry?

Moderator: Sean Strawbridge, CEO, Port of Corpus Christi

  • Randa J. Coniglio, CEO, Port of San Diego
  • Paul J. Cozza, CEO, Ports of Wilmington and Morehead City 
  • Jeff Theobold, CEO, Port of Philadelphia
  • Chris Lytle, Executive Director, Port of Oakland
  • Lauren K. Brand, Associate Administrator for Intermodal System Development, MARAD
Gaines Theatre
3-3:30 p.m. Networking Break Freeman 101
3:30-4:30 p.m. Panel 4: Enhancing Strategic Ports
What are potential initiatives for improvement to strategic ports’ infrastructure to meet military requirements while minimizing disruption to commerce?
  • LMI, TBD
  • John Young, Director of Freight and Surface Transportation Policy, AAPA
  • Arnold Dupuy, Energy Analyst, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy
  • Mario Cordero, Executive Director, Port of Long Beach
  • Stephen Ribuffo, Port Director, Port of Anchorage
Gaines Theatre
4:45 p.m. Keynote Speaker

Rear Adm. Dee Mewbourne, Commander, Military Sealift Command, U.S. Navy (invited)

Gaines Theatre
5:30 p.m. President's Reception

Hosted by CNU and NDTA.

David Student Union Boardroom

May 2, 2019

Schedule of events
TimeEventLocation
7:30-8:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast Freeman 101
8:15-9 a.m. Keynote Speaker

William Woodhour, President and CEO, Maersk Line, Limited

Gaines Theatre
9-10 a.m. Panel 5: Enhancing Port Readiness

How does the U.S. military ensure our ports receive military exercise throughput to ensure readiness? What issues may impact strategic port readiness and resilience in a hybrid contested environment? How should strategic port resilience to impact of rising sea levels be addressed?

Moderator: Louis Cooper Sr. Director, Security and Labor Relations or Dustin Stoker, Director of Operations, Port of Tacoma

  • U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) – Flag officer (TBD)
  • U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) – Flag officer (TBD)
  • Bruce A. Busler, Director, Joint Distribution Process Analysis Center, USTRANSCOM
Gaines Theatre
10-10:30 a.m. Networking Break Freeman 101
10:30-11:30 a.m. Panel 6: Enhancing Field Support to Military Deployments through Strategic Ports

What are the issues? How can these issues be addressed?

Moderator: Eric Green, CEO, Port of Jacksonville

  • Theresa A. Lorinser, Chair, NDTA Rail Subcommittee
  • Joseph A. Conroy – Chief, Office of Maritime Security Response Policy; and NPRNSG, USCG
  • SDDC Transportation Brigade Commander – CO, 596th TTB or 597th TTB
  • Maj. Gen. Patrick Kelly, USA (ret.), Director, Military Operations, International Longshoremen’s Association
Gaines Theatre
11:30-noon Keynote Wrap-up Speaker

Maj. Gen. Stephen E. Farmen, Commander, SDDC

Gaines Theatre
Noon-12:15 p.m. Closing Thoughts

Vice Adm. Andy Brown, USN (ret.), President & CEO, NDTA

Gaines Theatre

Location

Unless otherwise noted, all events will take place in Gaines Theatre in the Freeman Center.

If you’re flying to the area, you have several choices of airports. You can also get to Newport News by train or by bus. Parking is available throughout the campus.

Conference attendees are encouraged to park in the Parking Deck (building 24 on the campus map) and Lot A, both of which are adjacent to the Ferguson Center.

As you enter campus from J. Clyde Morris / Avenue of the Arts, the road will curve to the right and you will see the parking garage on your right. You may park anywhere in the garage.

We have negotiated a group rate with the Newport News Marriott at City Center for Port Conference attendees.  Please click the link below to reserve your room.