PMIWDC Fair Lakes Luncheon | The Cuban Missile Crisis 1962: In Extremis Project Management

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Join us for networking between 11:45 and noon prior to our presentation "Leading in the Unknown: Leadership in a Post-COVID World" which starts at noon.

At the height of the Cold War, the United States, under the leadership of a youthful and, some would argue, unproven president Kennedy faced off with the USSR, led by the cantankerous Premier Khrushchev. In the balance was the fate of the entire world. The tumultuous and now famous thirteen days that precipitated the negotiated peaceful resolution have been viewed and reviewed through thousands of interviews, hundreds of books and dozens of TV shows and movies; yet the ordeal has never been analyzed through the lens of project management and project leadership. Clearly, these events predate the development of the formal discipline of project management – or at least project management as we know it today.

However, in hindsight, nearly the entire concept of the operation, from the composition and the conduct of the crisis management team to the documentation required, to the timeline covered and the approach to solving the problem, were what we would now include as key tenets of the practice of project management. In just the last few years, more and more information has been declassified and documented, offering even greater proof of the incomparable danger we faced during the fall of 1962. It was a crisis like no other with the stakes at the highest level yet known to the human race. And so, it was a project like no other. The price for failure was almost certain death for millions in the US and the USSR and a world on the brink of total destruction.

About the Speaker

David Maurer

David Maurer, PMP

Dave Maurer offers a wealth of experience as both a career military officer and a senior leader within the private sector. His corporate leadership pedigree includes service as Executive Vice President and Director for several firms in the Washington, D.C. Metro area. He led a global training program spanning all 50 states, 15 countries and 2 U.S. territories in support of the Labor Department and the U.S. military training over 1.3 million service members and spouses and has served as a program manager overseeing dozens of initiatives targeted toward improving access to health care for members of the armed forces and their families. In his various leadership capacities, he has supervised thousands of staff members, trainers, and soldiers while ensuring quality service and support to all clients and customers.

Event Details

Date & Time

2 August 2022

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST-05:00)


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