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Release No: 483-98
September 17, 1998


Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology Jacques S. Gansler is the sponsor and kickoff speaker for the second annual Department of Defense Logistics Reform Focus Day set to take place in the Pentagon's courtyard on Thursday, Oct. 1, 1998 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EDT). Gansler also will present the 1998 Life Cycle Cost Reduction Awards to teams in each of the military departments and industry for their cost-cutting efforts.

The purpose of Logistics Reform Focus Day is to provide and to enhance awareness of the many logistics reform initiatives and to obtain feedback from the field on what further improvements are required. Last year's event had more than 3,000 attendees and a similar number is expected this year.

The theme for this year's special logistics day is "Seamless Support for the 21st Century Warfighter-Integrating Logistics and Acquisition and Lowering Total Ownership Costs." All DoD personnel in the local area are encouraged to attend and participate in the Logistics Reform Focus Day II activities. Throughout the day approximately 35 demonstrations and displays provided by DoD components, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and industry will feature logistics reform initiatives.

Among the dozens of topics to receive focus during the day are global transportation, force medical protection, prime vendor logistics, electronic commerce, reinventing infrastructure, and joint total asset visibility. In addition, to show off its newest initial deployment kitchens, a limited number of breakfast and lunch items will be provided by the Air Force.

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

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