The Institute for Defense and Business Hosts Life Cycle Executive Leadership Program, March 7-12

February 8, 2010

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) will be hosting the third offering of its Life Cycle Executive Leadership Program (LCELP) March 7-12 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 focusing on the business aspects of managing product and system life cycles. This week-long course is designed to educate military and industry leaders about the business aspects of life cycle management.

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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 from the inaugural LCELP program, VADM Paul E. Sullivan, USN (Ret.), IDB Executive Fellow Emeritus and Vice President, American Centrifuge and Chief Engineer, USEC, Inc., stated:

“Lifecycle organization and management is a team sport. You need leaders in the civilian, uniformed military, and contractor communities to integrate their efforts. The only place I’m aware of in the country where these communities come together is at the IDB. The exchange of information among these communities creates a powerful learning experience and forges strong networks that can be leveraged to solve future challenges.”

The target audience for this program is program managers, logistics support managers, production managers, and systems integrators (O4-O6 for uniformed military and GS 13-15 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: AM General; BAE Systems; The Boeing Company; Calibre Systems; Caterpillar Logistics Services; Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC); Defense Acquisition University (DAU); Defense Logistics Agency (DLA); IBM; K-3 Enterprises; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM); Red River Army Depot; Robbins-Gioia, LLC; Tobyhanna Army Depot; U.S. Air Force (Air Force Medical Operations Agency); U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM); U.S. Army (G-4); U.S. Army Logistics Innovation Agency (USALIA); U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Marine Corps (Marine Corps Systems Command, Total Life Cycle Management Office) and the U.S. Navy.



  • Dr. Lisa Jones-Christensen, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • Dr. Paul Cohen, Faculty Head, Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering and Edgar S. Woolard Distinguished Professor, North Carolina State University
  • Mr. Steve Jones, Professor of Organizational Behavior and Former Dean, UNC Kenan-Flagler
  • Dr. Hugh O’Neill, Edward M. O’Herron, Jr. Distinguished Scholar; Associate Dean, EMBA Programs; Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan-Flagler
  • Dr. Al Segars, Faculty Director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise, RBC Bank Distinguished Professor and Chair 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


  • 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
  • Mr. Joe Grosson, IDB Senior Faculty, and former Executive Director of Lockheed Martin’s Focused Logistics Enterprise
  • GEN Paul J. Kern, U.S. Army (Ret.), Senior Counselor, The Cohen Group and former Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command
  • VADM Walter B. Massenburg, U.S. Navy (Ret.), President of LeadByEx, Inc. and current IDB Executive Fellow
  • VADM Paul E. Sullivan, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Vice President, American Centrifuge and Chief Engineer at U.S. Enrichment Corporation, Inc. and IDB Executive Fellow Emeritus (Invited)


  • GEN George T. Babbitt, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), former Commander, Air Force Materiel Command and current IDB Executive Fellow
  • Mr. Randy Fowler, SES, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Materiel Readiness (Invited)

Tuition for the program is $6,000, which includes instructional materials as well as room and board at UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Paul J. Rizzo Conference Center. For more information please see the Program Overview and the tentative agenda for the March 7-12 course. The next offering will take place Jul 18-23.

The IDB will host a virtual information session on Friday, February 12th at 11:30 AM EST for prospective LCELP applicants to learn more about the program. Van Noah, P.E., the LCELP Program Director will give a brief overview of the program as well as the application and selection process. Please click here to register for the webinar.

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 esposto@idb.org, or April McGill, Military and Industry Outreach Associate for military interest at 919-969-8008 or mcgill@idb.org.

SOURCE Institute for Defense and Business

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