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April 6, 2010
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Two Dayton Area organizations form strategic partnership to advance logistics programs

DAYTON, Ohio--Two Dayton-area organizations have joined forces to advance logistics  programs for students, faculty and defense industry professionals working in the field of logistics and supply chain management.

Wright State University's Institute for Defense Studies and Education (IDSE) and NDTA: The Association for Global Logistics and Transportation, Dayton Buckeye Chapter signed a memorandum of agreement on Tuesday, April 6, to offer a variety of programs designed to meet the needs of the community, the defense industry and  members of their respective organizations.

Programming will include training programs for the local logistics community and other educational programming; an annual meeting; creation of a new website for the Dayton Buckeye Chapter; social events; tours; and sports outings to generate scholarships for students planning to take logistics courses. The partnership is a first for the Dayton Buckeye Chapter of the national NDTA.

"One of our goals is to build and serve the local defense community," said Vikram Sethi, Ph.D., Director of IDSE. "This partnership brings together Wright State's educational assets with the logistics talent pool in the Dayton chapter's membership."

“We are very excited to be able to partner with Dr. Sethi and IDSE.  This partnership is helping us expand the NDTA Dayton organization beyond our traditional military/commercial transportation focus to a much broader logistics focus.  We expect today’s agreement will help us grow exponentially. “ said  Jay Barber, President of Buckeye Chapter, NDTA,
The NDTA will hold a luncheon and keynote address on April 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Berry Room of Wright State University's Ervin J. Nutter Center. The keynote speaker is Dave Harry, President of Dayton-based Gem City Engineering and Manufacturing.

The Dayton chapter of the NDTA is an educational, non-profit organization serving the Dayton area. Its membership consists of representatives from various transportation and professional services firms serving industry and the Department of Defense.

The NDTA's vision is to foster a strong and efficient global transportation and distribution system to support the economy and national security of the United States by:

  • Advancing the knowledge and science of transportation and distribution within government and industry
  • Facilitating the sharing of knowledge between government and transportation/distribution-related industries
  • Educating members on the important issues affecting the global transportation/distribution system.
The Institute of Defense Studies and Education was founded to design and implement new educational programs for the Department of Defense and create a new generation of leaders. The Institute engages government entities, such as Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, to create educational programs which meet their needs.  The Institute offers a popular, Executive Certificate in Integrated Supply Chain Management, and offers or has offered other logistics and defense-related courses. For more information, visit
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