Logistics Agency Aims for Efficiencies, Savings
By Sara Moore
Defense Logistics Agency
FORT BELVOIR, Va., Oct. 1, 2010 Defense Logistics Agency Director Navy Vice Adm. Alan S. Thompson today released his fiscal 2011 Director’s Guidance, which refocuses the agency’s goals with an emphasis on increasing efficiencies and savings in accordance with Defense Department requirements.
“DLA is putting its full support behind Secretary [of Defense Robert] Gates’ requirements to reduce the department’s overhead so that more money can go to troop development and force modernization,” Thompson said. “Initiatives are included in the fiscal 2011 guidance that ensure DLA will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our processes. That’s just good business and part of DLA’s obligation to its customers.”
The 2011 Director’s Guidance includes input from DLA’s Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2010-2017, DoD’s recently published Logistics Strategic Plan and other DoD guidance. The guidance includes 19 initiatives, some of which are being continued from the fiscal 2010 director’s guidance. The fiscal 2011 guidance continues to emphasize DLA’s three strategic focus areas of Warfighter Support Enhancement, Stewardship Excellence, and Work Force Development.
DLA’s warfighter support initiatives focus on support of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, improving business operations and contracting to better serve warfighters, and developing logistics efficiencies that better serve customers and save money, officials said. Stewardship initiatives focus on pursuing price reductions, improving detection and deterrence of counterfeit material, and meeting Congressional and DOD inventory management and overall supply chain performance. Work force development initiatives focus on ensuring that personnel agency capabilities match present and future mission requirements, supporting diversity and enhancing DLA’s performance-driven culture.
“As we move into the new fiscal year and begin to work on the focus areas and initiatives in the 2011 guidance, we’ll apply what we learned in the past months to our operations,” Thompson said. “We’ll continue to provide best-value logistics to the armed forces as we anticipate and meet the requirements of the coming years. DLA will keep looking beyond the near horizon to the future, and we’ll continue to develop and implement cutting-edge capabilities and products for our customers.”
As the Department of Defense’s combat logistics support agency, DLA provides the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, other federal agencies, and joint and allied forces with a variety of logistics, acquisition and technical services. The agency sources and provides nearly 100 percent of the consumable items America’s military forces need to operate, from food, fuel and energy, to uniforms, medical supplies, and construction and barrier equipment. DLA also supplies more than 80 percent of the military’s spare parts.
Headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va., DLA has about 27,000 employees worldwide and supports about 1,700 weapon systems. DLA’s business revenues were about $41 billion in fiscal year 2010.