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Institute for Defense and Business and SAS honor Executive Fellows


Program fosters defense, private sector collaboration

CARY, NC – Four retired service members have been honored by the Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) for their expertise, gained over years of outstanding military service. The Executive Fellows Program creates opportunities for recently retired uniformed and civilian military leaders to share insights on emerging military and business trends. For the fourth year, business analytics software leader SAS sponsored the program.

“IDB brings business acumen to military and government leaders, and fosters productive private-sector interaction and partnerships,” said Kelly Collins, Vice President of SAS Federal. “The Fellows Program provides valuable thought leadership to areas such as logistics, organizational management and economic stabilization.”

The 2008-2009 Executive Fellows (all retired) are: LTG Claude (Chris) V. Christianson, former Director for Logistics, J-4, the Joint Staff; LtGen John F. Sattler, former Director for Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5, the Joint Staff; VADM Paul E. Sullivan, former Commander Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA); and Maj Gen Elizabeth Ann Harrell, former Director of Maintenance and Logistics, Air Combat Command.

IDB designates Fellows based on their outstanding service records to help build future leaders. At least four Executive Fellows are chosen annually from the military branches, Department of Defense (DoD) and joint commands.

“The life experience and the phenomenal scope of their service to the military put IDB Executive Fellows in perfect position to pass on their wisdom to current and future leaders,” noted Mark C. Cramer, IDB president. “Through the Fellows program, these senior leaders give back and remain engaged in the critical logistics and operational arena.”

IDB Executive Fellows participate in IDB educational programs, including the Center of Excellence in Logistics and Technology (LOGTECH), and speak on emerging issues and trends. They also contribute toward the revitalization of post-conflict or post-disaster states through the new IDB Center for Stabilization and Economic Reconstruction. Fellows also author articles, often in partnership with university faculty, and conduct research in areas of critical interest to the DoD and private sector.

The IDB is a nonprofit research and education institute formed in 1997 by the University of North Carolina and the state of North Carolina. In addition to the Executive Fellows Program, the IDB manages LOGTECH, which was developed in partnership with the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill. The IDB also offers the Depot and Arsenal Executive Leadership Program providing business education to leaders of our Nation’s military industrial base from all the Services and the DoD. The newest major initiative of the IDB is its Log21 Program where early-career, high-potential logisticians

in the private sector and the military get a tailored educational experience to enhance their professional development and focus their careers for further rapid advancement.

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