LOGTECH Program Staff

HodgeMG (Ret.) Jim Hodge
Executive Director, Center of Excellence in Logistics & Technology (LOGTECH)
Institute for Defense and Business


MG (Ret) Hodge is President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Defense and Business (IDB). He also serves as the Executive Director of the Center of Excellence in Logistics and Technology (LOGTECH). Prior to assuming the duties of President in 2014, he worked at Exelis Mission Systems as Senior Operations Coordinator for the Logistics and Supply Chain Management Services line of business worldwide. From 2010-2012 as Senior Mission Commander of Fort Lee and the Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM), MG Hodge served as a Subject Matter Expert Board member in support of the LOGTECH program.

Jim retired from the United States Army at the rank of Major General with over thirty-four years of service. He has senior management experience directing complex organizations ranging in size from 325 to 15,000, with emphasis in strategic planning, training, and logistics. Jim commanded at Company through Senior Mission Commander levels and has directed strategic transportation operations on a global scale. He last served as the Commanding General of the Army’s Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM) and the Sustainment Center of Excellence at Fort Lee, Virginia where he was responsible for development and execution of training for all Army logisticians and the development of doctrine and force development for all logistics units.

As the former senior representative of Army Materiel Command in Southwest Asia, Jim has proven experience with modernization, reset, and recapitalization programs in the Army in addition to being a career logistician with Joint and Coalition experience in Europe and the Middle East. His previous military assignments included Commanding General, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois; Commanding General Army Materiel Command, Southwest Asia at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; and Deputy Commanding General Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, Fort Eustis, Virginia.

MG Hodge received the Bronze Star Medal for service with the 3rd Infantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom I in 2003 and he received the Distinguished Service Medal upon retiring from active duty in 2012. He was the recipient of the 2010 National Defense Transportation Association’s Department of Defense Distinguished Service Award and he was inducted into the United States Army Transportation Corps Hall of Fame in 2014.

MG Hodge received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also holds Masters Degrees in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.


Buzzi 8.2012 web.jpg Mr. William P. Buzzi
Program Director, LOGTECH
Institute for Defense and Business  



Mr. Buzzi is Director of Programs for The Institute for Defense and Business (www.idb.org) and its associated programs. Bill also held the position of adjunct professor of management at the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Until 1999, he was Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Law at the Palumbo/Donahue School of Business of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Professor Buzzi received his A.B. in history from Indiana University (Bloomington) and his J.D. from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

Bill has held a variety of academic and administrative positions in higher education over the past 25 years, including developing and directing Duquesne's virtual campus for the delivery of online, web-based courses and programs in which he taught an early, totally "online" law course in 1996. He has directed international programs in Europe and Asia, initiated and directed four academic "centers" and was a program director in Executive Education at Kenan-Flagler, developing open enrollment and custom corporate educational programs for clients such as the U.S. Marine Corps, Sprint , AT&T and National Water Executives. He has taught courses in commercial law, contracts, real estate law, legal process, uniform commercial code and law for the executive (MBA) in the U.S, Asia, Europe and South America. Bill has published articles on topics including: total quality management and cooperative learning; using the classics to train managers and leaders; and distance education in a global business environment.

Since joining the Institute in 2000, Bill has developed and directed more than ten distinct executive education programs serving more than 2,000 participants.

He resides in Key West, FL.


Noah 8.2012 web.jpgMr. Van Noah
Program Director, LOGTECH
Institute for Defense and Business



Mr. Van W. Noah, P.E. joined the Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) as a Program Director in the fall of 2005.  He graduated from the LOGTECH MBA as a private sector participant in 2004 and now manages that program and the LOGTECH Advanced Course for the Institute of Defense and Business. 

Mr. Noah came to the IDB from an engineering career with the Michael Baker Corporation building the FedEx Mid-Atlantic hub in Greensboro and prior to that building the North Carolina Global TransPark with the State of North Carolina.  He has also consulted on environmental and engineering projects in the private sector and with the US Army.  He served on active duty with the US Army in the Republic of Korea starting as a Platoon Leader and working his way up to Battalion S4 before being selected to command a company in the 44th Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy).  After the Engineer Officer Advanced Course he reported to the 307th Engineer Battalion (Airborne) in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg North Carolina where he served in various staff positions including Assistant Division Engineer before obtaining his second company command.  Following Command and Service Staff School at Fort Leavenworth Mr. Noah serviced at the Brigade Engineer for the 501st Military Intelligence Brigade in Seoul Korea.  He left the military for a Civilian career in 1992 as a Major.

Mr. Noah has a BS in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute and an MBA from the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University with LOGTECH MBA Certificate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Keenan-Flagler Business School.  He is also a registered Professional Engineer.


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