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Release No: 509-97
September 24, 1997


Deputy Secretary of Defense John J. Hamre will be the kickoff speaker at the Department of Defense Logistics Reform Focus Day, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EDT) Thursday, Oct. 2, 1997 in seven big tents set up inside the Pentagon's five-acre Center Courtyard. In addition to his remarks, which are scheduled to start at 9 a.m., Hamre will present the DoD Logistics Life Cycle Cost Reduction Awards to teams in each of the military departments and industry for their cost-cutting efforts.

The DoD-wide event is sponsored by Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology R. Noel Longuemare to increase awareness of logistics reform initiatives and to seek ideas and support from those involved in logistics activities.

The theme for this special logistics day is "Innovation: The Key to Supporting the Warfighter." Longuemare requested that DoD personnel in the local area cease normal operations on that day and participate in the Logistics Reform Focus Day activities. "Logistics is the crucial direct link to our warfighters, and it is vital that we take the time to discuss the importance of key innovations and how best we can accelerate implementation and share lessons learned," Longuemare wrote in a recent memorandum to DoD components.

As part of the opening ceremonies, a "Four-Star" question and answer panel will convene at 9:50 a.m. for a hour to address questions about various logistics reform activities. Throughout the remainder of the day, "tent city" will be the locale for briefings, discussions and displays that will emphasize logistics reform. All sessions will be available on the Internet for use by U. S. military personnel and DoD civilians worldwide.

Among the dozens of topics to receive focus during the day are: Global Combat Support System, Joint Total Asset Visibility, Virtual Enterprise, Decision Support Tools, Integrated Data Management, Electronic Mail, Velocity Management, Re-engineering Transportation, and Regional Maintenance.

Logistics Reform Focus Day is open for media coverage. The point of contact is Glenn Flood, (703) 695-6294.

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