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Contested Logistics: Future Trends and Challenges

May 18, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Contested Logistics: Future Trends and Challenges

May 18, 2023, * Research Triangle Park, North Carolina *

Featuring: Major General James (Jim) Hodge, USA (Ret) and Major General Kenneth (Ken) Dowd, USA (Ret)

WHENThursday, May 18, 2023, from 10 am – 12 noon

WHERE: First Flight Venture Center, 2 Davis Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

The North Carolina Defense Technology Transition Office (DEFTECH)
The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC)
First Flight Venture Center (FFVC)

PURPOSE:  The dramatic advances in computing, information, sensors, and weapons and the proliferation of previously sensitive technologies pose significant logistics challenges for our nation’s forces.  How will our warfighters be resupplied and receive medical care in a fight with a peer competitor?  What lessons can we learn from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Ukraine?  What technologies can help ensure our nation’s success?   This forum will explore these issues and their applicability to future conflicts.

ATTENDANCE: Attendance is encouraged for:

  • All innovators, technologists, and those interested in understanding and possibly contributing to our national defense.
  • Those in the Innovation Ecosystem:  commercial, private, public-private partnerships, academia, investors, DoD, and other government personnel interested in defense.


  • Learn more about the defense market.
  • Expand your understanding of the strategic and operational impact of defense technologies.
  • Ask your questions and hear from others in attendance.

REGISTRATION: This is a free in-person event.  Attendance will be limited to 40 personnel. Registration will close once registration reaches capacity.  There is no virtual option for this event.

REGISTRATION LINK: https://ncmbc.us/Machform/machform/view.php?id=197604

Major General James (Jim) Hodge, USA (Ret)

Jim Hodge retired from the United States Army at the rank of Major General with over thirty-four years of service.  He commanded at Brigade and Senior Mission Commander levels and has directed strategic transportation operations on a global scale.  He last served as the Commanding General of the Army’s Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM) and the Sustainment Center of Excellence at Fort Lee, Virginia and prior to that he commanded the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.  Following his retirement from active duty, Jim worked for Exelis Mission Systems as the Senior Operations Coordinator for Logistics and Supply Chain Management Services, and was President of the Institute for Defense and Business, an education and research non-profit, located in Chapel Hill, NC. Jim has a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy, as well as Master’s Degrees in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and Systems Management from the University of Southern California.

Major General Kenneth (Ken) Dowd, USA (Ret)

Army Major General Kenneth S. Dowd retired after 35 years of Service. His last position was as the Director of Logistics Operations for the Defense Logistics Agency, similar to the role of a chief operating officer. In this position, he oversaw a $44B budget, directed a 26,000 person work force, and oversaw global logistics support for all military forces. Prior to assuming that position, he served as Commanding General, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. At the 1st TSC, he commanded 18,000 personnel stationed throughout the Middle East and Fort Bragg, NC. As part of his responsibilities, he oversaw the equipment drawdown of U.S. Military forces from Iraq. His team also developed the current logistics structure being used to remove equipment from Afghanistan. His joint assignments include Logistics Plans Officer, United States Atlantic Command, Norfolk, VA, and Director, Logistics, Engineering and Security Assistance, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii. He also served as the Director for Logistics, U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, FL.  MG Dowd attended the University of the Cumberland’s in Williamsburg Kentucky.  He is currently the Senior Account Executive at Cherokee Federal.


About NC DEFTECH: North Carolina Defense Technology (DEFTECH) Transition Office is a component of the North Carolina Military Business Center.  DEFTECH connects the NC Innovation Ecosystem (NCIE) (businesses, universities, community colleges, public/private partnerships, investors, and North Carolina military bases) with emerging and urgent technology requirements across the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security to provide optimum solutions for our country’s most pressing defense, health, first responder, and law enforcement needs.

DEFTECH Mission: DEFTECH enables the NC Innovation Ecosystem to address complex national security problems.

DEFTECH Vision: North Carolina is the The Frontline of the Future,”supporting the Nation’s defense and homeland security to provide technological overmatch in a changing Joint and Multi-Domain operational environment.


North Carolina Defense Technology Transitions Office (DEFTECH)
North Carolina Military Business Center
First Flight Venture Center


First Flight Venture Center
2 Davis Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 United States
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