The 2021 Interim National Security Guidance was issued by the Biden Administration as a vision for how America will engage with the world. This report ensures the actions of federal departments and agencies are prepared and in alignment with the forthcoming National Security Strategy.

This panel, comprised of senior retired military leaders from each of the services, will discuss and answer questions on their interpretation of the report with respect to logistics and mission support, and whether the U.S. military is equipped to sustain its influence on the global stage.

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Institute for Defense and Business
an IDB Executive Fellows Panel

“Navigating Global Environments with
the New Interim National Security
Strategic Guidance”

A Virtual Event

Select here to access Interim National Security Strategic Guidance


Judith A. Fedder, Lt Gen USAF (Ret), IDB Board of Directors member, Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations, and Mission Support, HAF

IDB Executive Fellows enrich our educational programs by bringing the perspective of retired U.S. Department of Defense and military senior leaders into the learning environment. Typically, one Fellow will attend each program for one or more days. Their role is to provide thought leadership on relevant topics addressed in the program curriculum as well as mentor, coach, and advise participants during the program, and often long beyond.

2021 Executive Fellows

Admiral Thad W. Allen, USCG (Ret), former Commandant of the US Coast Guard

General Darren W. McDew, USAF (Ret), former Commander of US Transportation Command
Lieutenant General Darrell K. Williams, USA (Ret), former Director of the Defense Logistics Agency
Major General Craig C. Crenshaw, USMC (Ret), former Director of the Manpower Management Division, Department of Manpower and Reserve Affairs
Mr. Michael T. Madden, SES, USN (Ret), former Vice Commander and Senior Civilian of the Naval Supply Systems Command


The Institute for Defense & Business delivers custom-designed education and research programs that present stimulating ideas to diverse public and private sector participants in an academic setting to foster collaboration and achieve excellence and innovation.

Our expert faculty share new ideas, new tools and new approaches.  But it is the diverse mix of participants that take these concepts to the next level.  IDB programs attract participation from private industry, government agencies, the military, non-governmental organizations, and international organizations.  By examining shared challenges, participants exchange best practices and develop actionable insights that help their organizations excel today and into the future.Participants leave IDB programs with new job skills, strategic insights, business acumen, and a broader professional network.   Their resulting improved performance helps them reach the next level in their career and lead their organization toward greater success.


In 2001, IDB delivered its first educational programs in logistics and technology.  These flagship programs, developed and delivered in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School were custom-built for the DoD’s Center of Excellence in Logistics and Technology (LOGTECH), a center established through Congressional Directive to support the spread of logistics best practices, processes, and technology across the DoD.As the reputation of LOGTECH programs grew, IDB continued to partner with organizations across the defense enterprise, developing programs to address their unique educational objectives.

IDB Today

In addition to custom-built educational programs and research, today the IDB offers several open-enrollment programs for professionals at all career levels, ranging from a few days to four weeks and multiple residencies across several months.The IDB portfolio is continuously adjusting to meet the needs of the organizations we serve.  It currently includes programs on logistics, supply chain and life cycle, complex industrial leadership, innovation, and continuous process improvement.  The portfolio also includes strategic broadening seminars for national security and policy, cybersecurity, dense urban areas, information operations, and enterprise resource planning.


The panel took place on Friday, May 11th at 2:00 PM EST. Please see the recording of the panel below.