The Institute for Defense and Business Conducts Life Cycle Executive Leadership Program, July 18-23

Jun 29, 2010, 09:00 ET from Institute for Defense and Business

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) will be conducting the fourth offering of its Life Cycle Executive Leadership Program (LCELP) July 18-23 in Chapel Hill, NC. The IDB partnered with the Schools of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and North Carolina A&T State University (NC A&T) to develop this course focused on the business aspects of managing products and system life cycles. This week-long course is designed to educate military and industry leaders about the business aspects of life cycle management.



During the course, participants will learn about the following:

  • Life cycle approaches to systems design and improvement;
  • Concurrent engineering and design for sustainment;
  • Capability-driven strategy;
  • Investment in life cycle approaches;
  • Disruptive technology and organizational innovations;
  • Leadership for change;
  • Reducing life cycle costs in the supply chain; and
  • Best-practice case studies in reducing the total cost of ownership.

A featured speaker for the upcoming LCELP program, Admiral James Loy, USCG (Ret.) former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard; currently Senior Counselor, The Cohen Group, stated the importance of life cycle management:

"The post 9/11 security environment challenges us as public or private leaders in ways we never considered ten years ago. While we continue to learn and try to understand that new environment, the staples of life-long learning and life cycle management stay on as personal and organizational mandates that serve us well as the new skills demanded by the new challenges and threats become clear. Public/private partnerships, interagency teams and multi-cabinet level efforts will demand collaboration skills and information sharing skills between and among players who might never have gotten together before 9/11."

The target audience for this program is program managers, logistics support managers, production managers, and systems integrators (O-4 to O-6 for uniformed military and GS-13 to GS-15 for civilians), as well as comparable private sector executives and managers. The program is designed for both engineers and non-engineers interested in developing a deeper understanding of life cycle theories, practices, and techniques.

Participants from past course offerings have represented the following organizations:

-Private Sector: AM General, BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Calibre Systems, Caterpillar Logistics Services, Concurrent Technologies Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, IBM, K-3 Enterprises, Lockheed Martin Corporation and Robbins-Gioia, LLC;

-Military/Department of Defense: Defense Acquisition University, Defense Logistics Agency,  U.S. Army (Red River Army Depot, Tobyhanna Army Depot, G-4, Forces Command, Logistics Innovation Agency), U.S. Air Force (Air Force Medical Operations Agency), U.S. Marine Corps (Marine Corps Systems Command, Total Life Cycle Management Office) and the U.S. Navy (Naval Supply Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command); as well as

-Department of Homeland Security: Department of Homeland Security Headquarters, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Science and Technology Directorate, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


Corporate and Retired Military:

  • Mr. Jim Brunke, President and Founder, Brunke & Associates, LLC. and Former Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services, Inc., Technical Services, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services
  • ADM James Loy, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.), former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard; currently Senior Counselor, The Cohen Group
  • VADM Walter B. Massenburg, U.S. Navy (Ret.), former Commander Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR); current President, LeadByEx, Inc. and current IDB Executive Fellow
  • Mr. Rick Robinson, Director, IDS Product Support at The Boeing Company
  • VADM Paul E. Sullivan, U.S. Navy (Ret.), former Commander Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA); Vice President, American Centrifuge and Chief Engineer at U.S. Enrichment Corporation, Inc. and IDB Executive Fellow Emeritus

Department of Defense:

  • Mr. Randy Fowler, SES, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Materiel Readiness


  • Dr. Paul Cohen, Faculty Head, Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering and Edgar S. Woolard Distinguished Professor, North Carolina State University
  • Dr. Russell King, Professor of Industrial Engineering of North Carolina State University
  • Dr. Hugh O'Neill, Edward M. O'Herron, Jr. Distinguished Scholar; Associate Dean, EMBA Programs; Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan-Flagler
  • Dr. Michael Roach, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan-Flagler
  • Dr. Paul Stanfield, Associate Professor and Chairperson, Industrial and Systems Engineering, NC A&T State University
  • Dr. D. Clay Whybark, Macon G. Patton Distinguished Professor of Operations, Technology and Innovation Management (OTIM), UNC Kenan-Flagler

The Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) is a non-profit research and education institute formed in 1997 by UNC-Chapel Hill and the state of North Carolina. The IDB offers a series of educational programs for the military, government, non-governmental agencies, and private industry, in the areas of logistics, operations, life cycle management, organizational change, and economic stabilization.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  If you are interested in attending or nominating someone, please contact either Theresa Esposto, Director of Industry Relations for private sector interest at 919-969-8008 or, or April McGill, Military and Industry Outreach Associate for military interest at 919-969-8008 or

SOURCE Institute for Defense and Business