Graduate students from the National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF, Washington, D.C.) recently visited Tompkins Associates in Raleigh, N.C., to strengthen their knowledge of manufacturing and supply chain strategies. As part of the ICAF industry studies program, students are encouraged to examine the U.S. industrial base and develop a strategic perspective of the industry’s role in supporting national security. Students also complete a comparative analysis of the U.S. manufacturing industry with select foreign countries.
“They attend a variety of manufacturing seminars throughout the country and abroad,” said Joan White, ICAF Agency chair and professor of acquisition. “This gives our students an opportunity to speak with an array of executives regarding their success strategies, challenges and constraints, and view manufacturing processes at the facilities.”
“Our consultants spend a lot of time educating and enhancing the processes of many leading supply chains and manufacturers,” said Bruce Tompkins, a principal with the operations consulting firm. “It seems natural to share that knowledge with other leaders of our communities, especially if it means advancements in industry processes, the national economy and security,” he said.
Students attending ICAF are senior-level US military officers and civilian employees of the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies who are developing the knowledge and experience for leadership positions in national security. Special emphasis is placed on material acquisition and joint logistics and their integration into the national security strategy.