Industry Based Broadening: Logistics

Through a combination of academic education, industry visits, and group application, you will learn how leading industries use data and processes for competitive advantage and understand how business systems, like Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), applications are used and applied to support decisions.

You will return to your organization with a broad set of direct applications to modernize your logistics processes and understand how to use modern systems to make more informed decisions and better serve your organization and customers.



  • Apply industry best business practices to achieve optimization of Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) systems.
  • Assimilate best of breed organization’s methodologies from classroom instruction and corporate visits to analyze, interpret, and define complex data to support enhanced reporting and decision making.
  • Develop broader perspectives on the practical applications of ERP systems beyond US military and DoD ideologies
  • Promote professional development through leadership and teambuilding technique enhancement for the refinement of logistics operational frameworks.
  • Provide theory, industry exposure, and examples of application for military and government logisticians to support ERP systems at a higher level of efficiency and effectiveness.


The IB2 seminar in Logistics is a three-week educational and experiential learning opportunity to provide mid-career officers in logistics exposure to industry best practices.

Learning takes place in the classroom and through site visits with a diverse selection of local companies and institutions.

  • A virtual kickoff provides competitively selected participants with a framework to discuss G-Army objectives, requirements, and customer-focused opportunities for their organizations.
  • The program team engages participants in the development of problem and opportunity statements based on individual workplace experiences.
  • Participants are provided with an understanding of key private sector focus areas and drivers of success.
  • Groups are partnered with leaders and specialists in industry to benchmark ERP applications against DoD logistical uses.
  • All team observations, discoveries, analyses, and recommendations are presented to, and discussed with, a panel of military, government, academic, and industry professionals.
  • Individual academic knowledge and benchmarking observations are used for effectively addressing problems and opportunities relevant to organizational applications.


This course is designed for selected high-potential E-7 to E-9 NCOs, Chief Warrant Officers (CW2-CW4), Officers (O-3 to O-4), and GS-12 to GS-15 Civilians who serve in organizations and in roles that are implementing organizational and business process changes.


Jim Brunke, MBA

IDB Senior Faculty

Chris Bingham, MBA/MA, PhD

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Heidi Schultz, PhD

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Al Segars, PhD

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Program Staff:

Mike C. Bogdahn, USMC Depot Deputy Commander (Ret)

Vice President, Strategy & Business Development


$16,575/person Includes tuition, meals, lodging, instructional facilities, and all local program activity transportation.


Professionals and organizations interested in this program should contact IDB’s Senior Customer Relations Director, Mike Bogdahn at bogdahn@idb.org or (760) 577-8324 for enrollment information.

What to Expect:


This 15-day program begins Monday afternoon with a welcome orientation, followed by a reception in the evening. The subsequent weekdays will have faculty sessions and industry visits from approximately 8:00 AM ET to 5:00 PM ET, with few exceptions. The last Thursday night of the program will be dedicated to group presentations and a graduation ceremony. The program will conclude on Friday morning after breakfast.


To maximize the benefits of the collaborative environment of the program, we strongly discourage participants from bringing spouses or other guests.