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Defense Logistics Capstone Project

Defense logistics is cross-disciplinary in nature and encompasses a variety of processes that support the production, maintenance, transportation of all goods and services on behalf of the U.S. military and supporting civilian agencies. From influencing system or equipment design to managing procurement and the technical processes through which supportability, supply chain and logistic support considerations are integrated, defense logistics is an essential component of the nation’s ability to support security or humanitarian operations.

ASURE is partnering with ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business to develop curricula that meet the needs of the Department of Defense for a well-educated workforce trained on the most current issues and technologies in defense logistics. This involves not only an understanding of supply chains and analytics, but the unique mission, regulatory environment and operational constraints imposed by the need for hyper-security. With sustainment pushed down to the tactical level, it is imperative that future defense logisticians become situationally aware of the impact new technologies, such as block chain and data analytics, additive manufacturing and cyber, are having on system security, availability and maintainability.

Led by retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Robert Dail, a member of the ASU Flag Officer Advisory Council, ASURE and W. P. Carey hosted a roundtable panel of defense logistics industry experts to solicit their curriculum recommendations. The purpose of the event was to bring together key subject matter experts in defense logistics with the chairpersons of W. P. Carey’s Information Management and Global Logistics programs to discuss curriculum recommendations, so that the business school can develop undergraduate and graduate level capstone courses.

The W. P. Carey School of Business is consistently a top-ranked business school that has an excellent reputation for educating future supply-chain management leaders, as well as developing a workforce of problem solvers who understand how the need to rapidly innovate drives both sustainment and relevance. W. P. Carey desires to leverage its significant expertise in information systems and global logistics, among supply-chain disciplines, for defense logistics. ASURE and W. P. Carey are also interested in developing defense-logistics innovation challenges, which can be supported by a robust set of subject matter experts willing to be involved in mentoring the next generation of defense logisticians and judging innovations.