Armor & Mobility

MAR-APR 2018

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The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is reaffirming its commitment to support warfighter readiness in a complex and rapidly changing environment with its new 2018-2026 Strategic Plan. The plan supports Department of Defense priorities to strengthen the nation's military by building a more lethal force, reinforcing alliances with industry and government partners, and reforming business practices. As the agency developed its new plan, Director Army LTG Darrell Williams challenged his leaders to remember why the organization exists and why it serves, a concept he took from Simon Sinek's book, "Start with Why." The subordinate commanders and staff members' response to that question—"service to the warfighter and the nation"—readily met the task to recognize the why, just as they identified the what and the how, with the goal of leading DLA to improve its mission understanding, performance and outcomes. Williams requests that every employee use the 16-page plan as a blueprint for future operations. "When I reviewed our previous plan I saw a strong set of core principles. It served the agency well over the past several years and it focused our efforts to support the warfighter. But the global security environment has changed, and that's necessitated several important updates to our lines of effort and to our strategic priorities," Williams said in a video announcing the document's release. The plan features five lines of effort: • Warfighter First – Strengthen service and combatant command readiness and lethality • Global Posture – Prepared for immediate action • Strong Partnerships – Leverage the joint logistics enterprise, interagency, industry, and partner and allied nations • Whole of Government – Support to the nation • Always Accountable – Assured supply chain, financial and process excellence Each line of effort includes three to five objectives. The plan is also supported by a separate People and Culture Plan that outlines steps for fostering a highly skilled, diverse workforce. Firmly Focused on the Warfighter Throughout the strategy, DLA's fundamental theme is its constant commitment to the core mission—supporting the military services and combatant commands—by embracing Warfighter First as the agency's top strategic priority, a cornerstone for DLA since the agency was established five decades ago. Priorities under Warfighter First range from supporting DoD's nuclear enterprise to linking DLA's performance with service readiness rates. DLA will provide new and innovative logistics solutions using emerging technology like unmanned vehicles and robotics. The agency will also continue to address operational risks, cyber security, terrorism and counterfeiting through all of its supply chains and lifecycle sustainment. Under Global Posture, DLA will ensure logistics support is located where warfighters need it. DLA major subordinate commands and liaisons will synchronize DLA capabilities based on customer needs, while its regional commands in Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific will provide an essential presence for combatant commanders and other customers in those areas of the world. As a former DLA customer, Williams recognizes the importance of a single point of entry into an extensive organization like DLA. "DLA has done a great job of streamlining its operations over the last four or five years, and this concept will continue to pay significant dividends," said Williams. Expeditionary forces like rapid deployment teams, DLA support teams, deployable depots, expeditionary contracting support teams and the DLA Joint Reserve Force will also train for emerging missions that support customers and key partners such as the U.S. Transportation Command. Emphasizing Cross-Sector Cooperation The Strong Partnerships priority aims to extend collaboration with military logistics providers, other government agencies, suppliers and allied nations. DLA will strengthen partnerships using tenets of Joint Publication 4.0, a DoD doctrine on logistics support in joint environments. These new partnerships will help the agency support aging weapons systems and lifecycle planning for new equipment. Open communication with suppliers and industry associations will also help DLA develop responses to supply chain vulnerabilities and implement stronger business practices. Through the Whole of Government focus, the agency will continue sharing its expertise across numerous supply chains with more than 40 government agencies conducting domestic and international operations, including such agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Departments of Homeland Security, State, Energy and Interior and the U.S. Forest Service. These and other partner organizations have leveraged DLA's expertise in supply chain management and its global supply network to LTG Darrell Williams DLA Director REINFORCING FORCE EXPEDIENCE The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency's new Strategic Plan lays out goals for 2018-2026. By Beth Reece and Melissa Bohan, DLA Public Affairs DLA STRATEGIC PLAN www.tacticaldefensemedia.com 18 | Armor & Mobility | March/April 2018

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