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In Memory of 15 ASMC members killed in the Pentagon attack.  9/11/2001



The Washington Chapter Mini-PDI Pictures
March 29, 2005

This event provided a chance to engage in a dialogue with members of the Financial Community, as well as defense industry and media leaders.

Our theme this year was "Achieving Potential through Professional Growth".  We built upon three pillars: Mission Awareness, Leadership Growth, and Professional Development.

The Mission Awareness component focuses on providing knowledge of operations and national security issues to attendees.

The Leadership Growth component aims to provide all attendees with a better skill set to lead, manage, or be aware of the current and future workforce and teams in the government.

The final component, Professional Development, is a general category that encourages and promotes individual development through education, certification, mentoring, and other matters relating to professional development.


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Event / Topic
Speaker / Corporate Sponsor
Registration   Perot Systems Govt. Services
Continental Breakfast   JP Morgan Chase
General Assembly begins / opening remarks   Steve Bagby, Chapter Pres.


OSD Update   Robert J. Henke,
OSD Comptroller


The Al Qaeda Strategic Mindset

The Mission Awareness Keynote Address will be a presentation by a senior Al Qa'ida strategist that discusses the intellectual foundations, goals, strategy, forms of warfare and organization of Al Qa'ida.

  Dr. Bard E. O'Neill, NWC
First Breakout Sessions Begin  
-- A Look at Joint and Combined Operations

The Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986 drove sweeping changes to the Department of Defense. Almost 20 years later, the changes continue. Since its passage, every aspect of defense planning and acquisition, training and warfighting has been shaped by the requirements of Goldwater-Nichols. This session will explore the questions of what "jointness" means and how DoD and service programs both support and are driven by joint requirements and processes.

  Col Kevin M Keith, USAF

-- Dilemmas: Black and White?

Sometimes a leader's decision is not one of simply choosing between right and wrong. Instead a leader must at times choose between two seemingly right choices. In these cases, a leader is confronted with a true ethical dilemma. This session will introduce you to four categories of "right vs. right" choices (ethical dilemmas and tough decisions) and three principles that you might use to help your decision-making process be a little easier. Attendees will apply this framework to a selected video clip.

  Lt Col Danny Miller, AFSLMO

-- How to Become an SES


  Ric Sylvester, OSD


-- The Financial Management Imperative in Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management is an interdisciplinary field of endeavor. It is not a single function, but a set of processes linked together in a network to provide value to the chain's members and the customer. Supply chain management deals with three basic flows—product, financial and information. Each are critical to the success of the supply chain network. To effectively manage the complex nature of supply chain networks requires the functional skills of many professions. This presentation will provide a background on the practice of supply chain management and emphasizes the financial flow through supply chain networks. Attendees should better understand the critical role of financial management expertise in supply chain management.


  BG(R) Bob Mansfield, Altarum

Mid-Morning Refreshment Break   Altarum Institute
Second Breakout Sessions Begin  
-- How to Get the Next Job: It's All About Performance

Gen. Gregory offers her unique views on keys to success in a working environment. By taking the attitude that "everyday is a job interview," attendees will gain an acute awareness on how every action today affects your career tomorrow. Presenting various ideas on how to balance all area's of one's career, this session is a must for professionals looking to hone their leadership skills and reach their highest potential.


  Brig. Gen. Gregory, USAF

-- Embrace the Tiger: How to Be Certain in Uncertain Times

The goal of this presentation is to inspire every participant to see beyond average and strive to achieve the excellent. Mr. Evans will assist you in creating a work environment where every person is fully motivated to the mission and the best ways to achieve mission responsibilities and goals. Within a government environment, or in the private sector also for that matter, the one thing that stabilizes a situation and galvanizes a work force to work together and solve problems is leadership. Leadership can be learned also; taught with focus on integrity as part of that leadership, for it is integrity alone that maintains the effectiveness of leadership. The learning of Integrity-Based Leadership takes a few minutes but lasts a lifetime.


  Mr. John Evans, CSP



-- Putin's Russia: Implication for National Security

Putin has sought to strengthen and centralize the Russian state and create conditions for economic development while actively pursuing a "pragmatic foreign policy." During his first few months in power, Putin pushed through a number of controversial measures aimed at reforming the country's political, economic and military structures. Although he was not successful in all of these initiatives, he was successful enough to turn around the downward spiral of Boris Yeltsin's administration. Government revenues have been rising as a result of improved tax collection and buoyant oil prices. World events since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 have forced Russia to review its standing in the international community. On the one hand, Russia was quick to align itself with the West and condemn the attacks, yet stopping short of involving itself militarily. On the other hand, as the U.S. and other coalition forces prepared for war against Iraq, Russia, with economic and political interests in the region, chose not to participate. Military reform is an area where Putin has devoted significant attention. Significantly: Russia returned its military structure to the traditional three branches, Army, Navy, and Air Force; military salaries are now being paid on time; and conscription is projected to end in the coming years (2007-2011). The war in Chechnya remains an area of domestic concern, with public opinion souring in the wake of armed Chechens holding 800 hostages in a Moscow theater in October 2002, and the tragic events at a public school in Beslan last Fall (2004). At the beginning of his second term, Putin's popularity remains high, but it is not as solid as we in the West tend to perceive it to be. Ever the pragmatist, look for Putin to steer a course that keeps Russia engaged on a global level and to continue the domestic reforms he has set in motion.


  Capt Bob Brannon, USN, NWC

-- Business Systems Management: the New Direction in the BMMP

Known to be the largest transformation initiative in government or industry, the Business Management Modernization Program (BMMP) was established in 2001 to standardize and streamline the Department of Defense's (DoD) business processes and systems. Since its inception, the BMMP continues to evolve to ensure the most efficient and effective business practices are introduced into all levels of the DoD. Ms. Elizabeth A. McGrath, Deputy Director, will speak to the new changes and challenges facing the BMMP to include the benefits of cross-organizational cooperation, the creation of financial data standards, and the evolving Business Enterprise Architecture (BEA). Ms. McGrath will also address the System Compliance effort, the comprehensive business area Transition Plan, and the developing Governance structure.


  Elizabeth McGrath, OSD

Lunch Program and Chapter Awards Presentation   PricewaterhouseCoopers
Chapter Awards Presentation   Mr. Bagby


-- Leadership Growth Featured Speaker

Bill DePuy is the President and CEO of CALIBRE, a mid-sized, employee-owned management and technology services company. He will speak about leadership growth through the lens of almost 30 years of experience in the government services sector. Throughout his career, Mr. DePuy has had the opportunity to learn, fail, rethink, reapply, and grow his leadership skills as they apply to the challenges of organizational performance and culture, customer transformation, and an increasingly empowered workforce. He will share some of the lessons he has taken to heart from those experiences: lessons that have everything to do with leadership growth in a dynamic, complex and changing environment - the one we all face today.


  Bill DePuy, CEO, CALIBRE


Third Breakout Sessions Begin  
-- Education and Training Opportunities



  Todd Schaffer, SAF / FMPW



-- Change Management: Leading a Diverse Workforce

Change Management is a hot topic in today's transformational environment. Mr. Garcia will start with a review of a 2003 Change Management Best Practices study involving 288 companies from 51 different countries. The impact of the proper team structure on successful change management will be discussed. Next, Mr. Garcia analyzes Work Group Diversity's role in conflict and performance from a second study of 45 diverse work teams. Results suggest a complex link between work group diversity and work group function. With today's increasingly diverse workforce, this session is a must for managers or those aspiring to reach a leadership position.


  Joseph Garcia, KPMG


-- The North Korean Threat - How Serious?

Some observers of North Korea view it as a conservative, fully deterred hermit kingdom with little potential for lashing out. Others see it as capable of launching a short-notice invasion of the South at any moment. Some see its nuclear program as defensive in purpose and limited in scope, representing a reaction to a perceived threat from the united States; others are convinced the North intends to use its emerging nuclear arsenal to intimidate the region and escalate its pressure on Seoul. In this session we will walk through some of what we know, and do not know, about the military capabilities, political intentions, and regime politics of North Korea, and examine some of the complexities and dilemmas facing U.S. policymakers.


  Dr. Michael Mazarr, NWC

-- Achieving Certification: A Survey of Options

This panel will discuss two certifications: the Certified Fraud Examiner's (CFE) Program and the Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM) Program.

The Association of Fraud Examiners will describe their certification process and how you can become proficient in the prevention, detection, and investigation of fraud. The CFE credential is the most preferred certification for anti-fraud professionals in the world. Currently, there are over 15,000 CFEs actively fighting fraud worldwide, at all levels of business and government.

The CDFM Program is planning the addition of a new module on Acquisition Resource Management, which will be the main thrust of the presentation. Additionally, a review and update of the well-established modules to test proficiency in the areas of Accounting and Finance, Budget and Cost Analysis, and the Resource Management Environment will be presented.



John Bunnell
Jerry W. Rainwaters

Fourth Breakout Sessions Begin  
-- Role of Special Forces


  COL Robert G. Louis, USA, NWC


-- Leadership Philosophies for Success: Dirty Dozen

This workshop is very humorous with a powerful message on developing the "right attitude" to be successful in life. Mr. Williams uses the analogy of the ant's awesome work ethic, commitment, and teamwork to motivate and change human behavior to achieve positive results at the personal and professional level. Driven by a passion and belief that every individual has unlimited potential and can accomplish amazing feats when properly focused, Mr. Williams designed this workshop to inspire audiences to have a greater vision of themselves and what they can become. He believes there's a leader in all of us, just waiting to be awakened. This workshop moves attendees to "higher performance" and a more positive approach to many areas of their lives.


  LC Williams, KPMG

-- Evolving to a Knowledge-Centric Organization

Organizations have managed knowledge for centuries. However, driven by the revolutionary changes occurring in our global operating environment, government transformation and modernization initiatives, and information technology, a paradigm shift is taking place—moving DoD to become more knowledge-centric. The future of effective global net-centric operations requires strategic flexibility, organizational adaptability, management of higher degrees of uncertainty and evaluation of tools for alternate paths, valuation metrics, and options to support global joint expeditionary warfare and homeland security missions. Despite diverse propositions about "getting the right information to the right person at the right time," almost everyone neglects to ask what knowledge to manage and toward what end. The information systems that are intended to facilitate knowledge management need to be designed so that they do not straitjacket the knowledge processes that are critical for net-centric operations and mission accomplishment. The Panel will illustrate some key concepts necessary to develop and migrate to an adaptive knowledge-centric enterprise, which is responsive to the dynamic challenges that the Department of Defense and our country are facing.



Mr. Rob Fitzgerald
Mr. James E. Short
Dr. William G. Lese
Dr. Michael Stankowski


-- Military Equipment Valuation

The Chief Financial Officer Act of 1990 requires Federal agencies to prepare periodic financial statements in accordance with applicable accounting standards. Historically, DoD expensed the cost of military equipment (ME) at the time of acquisition. However, the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) issued a standard (SFFAS No. 23) requiring the capitalization and depreciation of military equipment. This briefing explains the criteria for an asset to be designed as military equipment; the significance of the military equipment valuation effort; and why this effort is relevant to the Department.


  Joe Ward, KPMG


Achieving Your Potential: Climb Any Mountain

Leadership Growth.


  Robert Anderson, Mt. Everest Gp


Closing Remarks   Mr. Bagby

Mr. Tom Modly, OSD Financial Management

LTG (R) James F. McCall, Nat'l ASMC Executive Dir.




  Mr. Bagby


Reception (light refreshments / cash bar) and
corporate raffle


  Altarum Institute


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