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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Peninsula. With CENTCOM in the lead and U.S. Transportation Command and DLA in a supporting role, it will take sustained coordinated effort on the diplomatic and operational level to get the full benefit of the TAN. Last February, I was in U.S. Pacific Command. Important things are hap- pening there, one being the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) transformation and resta- tioning. The project is a prime example of resetting the U.S. footprint in Korea and our DLA support team is involved at every level of planning—from fuel infra- structure to positioning our folks to better serve the customers. We also support the services at the industrial activity level, like the shipyards and depots. We want to get ahead of their demand signal and we're making great headway with them. Regarding people and culture, at DLA we have embraced Frank Kendall's [previous Under Secretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics] Better Buying Power initia- tive. One of the tenets of BBP is the professionaliza- tion of the workforce. We're not just a parts store. We're integrated in the services' programs and their lifecycle management plans. We do that by gaining Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act creden- tials for our acquisition workforce. A significant portion of them are DAWIA credentialed, which is in tight alignment with BBP. The Defense Depart- ment has also made it clear that we need to look for opportunities to move toward performance- based logistics contracts, which falls in line with our strategic engage- ment efforts, which is part of our 2015-2022 Strategic Plan. In PBL contracts, suppliers are paid according to an agreed upon performance outcome. We have a number of initiatives with our key suppliers and Air Force Senior Airman Rory Nowosielski stands on the ramp as container delivery system bundles exit the aircraft during a high-altitude airdrop mission in a C-17 Globemaster III over Afghanistan. Close collaboration between DLA and USTRANSCOM make such deliveries possible. (Photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.) To learn more or to register, visit the Conference website: Save the Date The Return of the DLA Energy Conference 2100+ Energy Professionals 150+ Leading Vendors April 10 - 12, 2017 DIRECTOR'S CORNER Armor & Mobility | February 2017 | 7

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