Claude V. Christianson is director of the Center for Joint and Strategic Logistics at National Defense University. Prior to this position he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Global Logistics Associates LLC, an Alexandria, VA-based, member-owned, limited liability company specializing in professional logistics and supply chain services. Mr. Christianson’s military career culminated as the Director of Logistics, J4, on the Joint Staff. As the J4 he synchronized joint logistics support across all Services and DoD agencies in support of operations worldwide. As the Army’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, G4, Mr. Christianson drove the fielding of a commercially sourced satellite network to the logistics domain, connecting logisticians across forward-deployed, austere environments. Mr. Christianson served as the Chief of Logistics, C4, Coalition Land Forces Command (CFLCC), during Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait from 2002-2003, where he directed the planning and execution of logistics support for more than 240,000 ground forces and over more than 300,000 square miles. From 2000-2002, as the Deputy C4 (Logistics) for Combined Forces Command, U.S. Forces Korea Director of Logistics, J4, and Eighth U.S. Army Deputy Commanding General (Support), Mr. Christianson directed the planning and execution of logistics operations in support of all combined and joint forces in Korea. From 1998-2000, Mr. Christianson served as Deputy Commanding General, 21st Theater Support Command, European Theater Support Command in Germany where he coordinated the execution of European logistics support for Operation Joint Guardian (Kosovo). Mr. Christianson is a distinguished military graduate of the North Dakota State University Army ROTC program and holds a B.S. in industrial engineering.
Thom J. Hodgson is the James T. Ryan Distinguished University Professor, an Alumni Distinguished Research Professor, co-director of the Operations Research Program, and director of Graduate Programs of Engineering-On-Line at North Carolina State University (NCSU). He served as director of the Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering Institute at NCSU (1995-2011); director of the Division of Design and Manufacturing Systems at the National Science Foundation (1991-1993); head of the Industrial Engineering Department at NCSU (1983-1990); professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Florida (1970-1983); operations research analyst at Ford Motor Company (1966-1970); and an officer in the U.S. Army (1961-1963). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a fellow of IIE and INFORMS and is the author or co-author of more than 80 journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Hodgson served as a member of the U.S. Army Science Board (1994-2000) and is a current member of the NRC’s Committee on Energy Reduction at U.S. Air Force Facilities Using Industrial Processes: A Workshop.
Ronald Mutzelburg retired from the Boeing Company as the Washington, D.C. director for the Phantom Works and Advanced Systems. His organization managed the relationship with senior U.S. government technology and advanced systems customers, including the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Office of the Director, Defense Research and Engineering, the Office of Naval Research, NASA (Aeronautics), as well as the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, and Military Service technology and long-range capability requirements offices. Prior to