Armor & Mobility

MAR-APR 2018

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Ella Studer serves as Senior Vice President of Logistics Programs for KBRwyle. She is responsible for a portfolio of multiple Department of Defense and Interagency programs including LOGCAP IV, AFCAP IV, and numerous global service support initiatives. The requirements for contracted service support are marked today with a compelling need for advancements in systems and delivery evidenced by recent contingency operations extending from the Pacific Rim to Europe and the Middle East. The contractual force can advance service delivery through the development and implementation of systems that are leaner, faster and more agile. Streamlined delivery must reduce contractual risk both institutionally and at the point of service delivery. The U.S. Armed Services are well partnered with services specialized defense firms today. The military has made tremendous strides in defining contractual risk over the past 10-15 years. Lesser Risk Spirals Logistics Effect Advancement in systems and delivery will be framed by risk reduction in the future which is at the core of Army Materiel Command's strategy of delivering readiness seeking to leverage advances in services delivery to achieve strategic logistics effect leading to advantages over future adversaries. This strategy allows the military to improve the combat readiness of the future force by emphasizing Industry collaboration to achieve a dependable tactical and operational logistics stance founded upon controlling risk. Risk control to deliver readiness is relational across seven risk areas: (1) providing sustainment for an agile force where and when needed; (2) employing effective measures to control costs and ensure best value; (3) ensuring that costs can be traceable to execution; (4) having confidence in cost estimates when levels of effort are known; (5) reliably providing the full spectrum of sustainment services across the full range of possible missions; (6) adhering and complying with regulatory and contractual requirements; and (7) rapidly expanding or reducing resources to meet mission objectives. Significant investments are already made in services risk management and systems advancements which provide positive dividends for the Army in global agility and readiness. KBRwyle developed and implemented key initiatives related to service delivery systems, structures, and synchronization. Hence, cost control as part of best value is realized through international local vendor alliances. Rapidly expanding and reducing resources through networked transportation and distribution solutions consistently exceed mission objectives in Europe and the Middle East during critical operations. Costs and their estimates gain confidence parameters and direct traceability by benchmarking to internationally recognized cost engineering standards. Synchronized experientially based structures reduce global logistics complexity allowing for the ready sustainment of an agile force where and when needed. Spiraled Logistics Effect Today Over the past decade, KBRwyle developed, validated and matured various systems which capture risk variables, isolate them, and reductively manage their adverse results to deliver logistics effect. Specifically, KBRwyle's integrated asset management, supply chain and business systems have removed "waste" from maintenance processes and enabled full cost transparency for all purchases, transfers, and issues. Continued systems refinement will validate the capability to consistently exceed risk area requirements for high reliability, transparency and interoperability in contingency operations. This is a critical period for the Armed Services as performance, capability, and stability frame delivery and readiness. Logistics contracting focus will need to shift from acquisition centers to the field. There is a need to invest in experience with troops at the point of delivery while institutionally reducing risk at the institutional level. Specifically, the LOGCAP IV program is familiarizing military logisticians with more expeditionary based supply and transportation solutions, and introducing KBRwyle systems to operationally realistic conditions at different global locations. Services delivery based upon these real- world backdrops allow for proactive rather than reactive logistics development in anticipation of future conflicts. Forward Momentum KBRwyle continues to mature and advance services delivery capabilities by working side by side with the military to determine the best way to integrate logistics considerations into joint exercises while simultaneously supporting real-world contingencies. Investing in the development of risk reduction concepts and putting them and integrated systems with troops will fuel the success of services delivery systems methods when they are called upon in the future. DEFINING LOGISTICS SERVICES DELIVERY FOR CONTINGENCY: A REVOLUTION IN PARTNERED LOGISTICS EFFECTIVENESS By Ella Studer, Senior Vice President of Logistics Programs, KBRwyle Transportation Operations during Operation Inherent Resolve Life Support Area for Sabre Guardian '17 Exercise INDUSTRY PARTNER www.tacticaldefensemedia.com 8 | Armor & Mobility | March/April 2018

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