Armor & Mobility

FEB 2017

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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That's only one way DLA supports warfighters while exercising fiscal stewardship. Before anything else happens to excess usable property turned in each year by military units, DLA Disposition Services seeks new owners in the U.S. military. For example, a U.S. base in Japan no longer needed all of its fire trucks, so they turned in one that was in top—notch condition. In addition, there was a landing system in an old Alaskan airfield, which was also in fine condition, but was not being used. Both of those items ended up on DLA's excess property website. In the meantime, an Army post on the East Coast was growing and it needed a fire truck. And, about half a world away, an airfield on the edge of Antarctica needed to improve its instrument landing system. Bingo once, Bingo twice. The Army spotted the fire engine on the website and someone way down south saw the listing for the aircraft landing system. It cost money to ship the truck across the Pacific and then to put it on a flatbed for the trip from California to the East Coast— around $20,000—but the Army post (and taxpayers) avoided a big 6—figure ticket for a new vehicle. Not only are the transportation costs to move a precision landing system from near the Arctic Circle to the Antarctic much less than purchasing a new one, reutilizing an existing system extends its useful life. Supply and Mission Demand Supply people around the armed forces are learning to check what DLA has available before making new purchases. From big things like fire trucks and airfield gear to ordinary things like clothing and power tools – getting used, but usable property in good condition at no charge is good for both military unit budgets and the taxpayers. How good? The fiscal year 2016 military reuse managed by DLA had originally been worth approximately $1.2 billion. Military units also have broken or worn out things that are only worth their material content. These items are sold for their scrap or recycling value. Disposition Services also manages contracts for the armed forces to safely remove their hazardous waste in an environmentally compliant manner. Usable property that isn't reused by the military is then offered to federal, state and local governments to include schools and non—profit agencies. Schools are able to request excess IT equipment from laptops to servers – at no charge. They are only responsible for transportation expenses related to picking up the equipment. DLA also provides cold weather gear that the Department of Veterans Affairs distributes to homeless vets. Nothing to Waste Then finally—what's left that is safe for sale to the public is sold—the usable property contractors buy it and auction it using an online system. In every case of reuse—there are hidden benefits. Extending the service life of items inside the military—rather than having to buy new equipment, along with recycling scrap and hazardous wastes, and giving people the chance to purchase and reuse items is not just about saving money for the military or the public. It also means conservation of raw materials and nonrenewable resources. It's making "green" twice. WAIT THERE'S MORE, AND GREEN TO BOOT Auctions of excess usable military property are good for taxpayers because U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Disposition Services puts the revenue into a revolving fund to help offset the overall cost of logistics. By Tina Aldrich, Director of Customer Management, DLA Disposition Services Ray Menendez, a material examiner with Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services at Fort Bliss, Texas, overseas the offloading of property being turned over to DLA from soldiers as part of the Army wide divesture of excess property. Photo by Jeff Landenberger 12 | Armor & Mobility | February 2017

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