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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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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 p.m. Registration David Student Union, second floor lobby
2:30-4 p.m. NDTA Port Subcommittee Meeting David Student Union, Jefferson Room
4:15-5:15 p.m. NPRN Steering Group

Government – by invitation only

David Student Union, Jefferson Room
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 a.m. Post the Colors

Tabb High School Junior ROTC Color Guard

Gaines Theatre
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, SDDC
  • 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
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
  • COL Lillard D. Evans, Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC); and NPRNSG (invited)
  • Chris Fisher, Executive Director/CEO, Port of Beaumont
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
  • Capt. Kevin Carroll, USCG
  • Mike Cashner, Landstar System, Inc.
  • Maj. Gen. Stephen E. Farmen, Commander, SDDC
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
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

  • Chris Lytle, Executive Director, Port of Oakland
  • Joel Venezuela, Director, Maritime Operations, Port of San Diego
  • John Dittmar, Senior Director, Safety and Security, North Carolina Ports
  • James Walsh, Senior Director of Operations, Port of Philadelphia
  • William Paape, Director, Office of Gateways, 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?

Moderator: COL (Ret) Stan Wolosz, LMI

  • John Young, Director of Freight and Surface Transportation Policy, AAPA
  • Arnold Dupuy, Energy Analyst, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy
  • Stephen Ribuffo, Port Director, Port of Anchorage
Gaines Theatre
4:45 p.m. Keynote Speaker

Mr. Steven Cade, Executive Director, Military Sealift Command

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: Andre Elmaleh, Northwest Seaport Alliance

  • Maj. Gen. Patrick Kelly, USA (ret.), Director, Military Operations, International Longshoremen’s Association
  • Bruce A. Busler, Director, Joint Distribution Process Analysis Center, USTRANSCOM
  • COL Frederick Christ, Cdr 597th Trans Brigade, Ft. Eustis VA
  • Chris Smith, Vice President, Cooper/Ports America
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: Cathie Vick, Chief Public Affairs Officer, Port of Virginia

  • Theresa A. Lorinser, Chair, NDTA Rail Subcommittee
  • Joseph A. Conroy – Chief, Office of Maritime Security Response Policy; and NPRNSG, USCG
  • COL Heather Carlisle, Cdr 596th Trans Brigade, Sunny Point Military Ocean Terminal
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
  • Kevin M. Tokarski, Associate Administrator for Strategic Sealift, Maritime Administration (MARAD)
  • Vice Adm. Andy Brown, USN (ret.), President & CEO, NDTA
Gaines Theatre
1:15-3 p.m. NPRN Steering Committee David Student Union Boardroom

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.

Contact

For more information, please contact Brandon Hubbard at brandon.hubbard@cnu.edu.