For new DLA director Williams, it’s all about people

For new DLA director Williams, it’s all about people

Lt. Gen. Darrell Williams was named director of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) in May 2017, replacing Air Force Lt. Gen. Andy Busch. For Williams, who previously served as commanding general of U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command’s Sustainment Center of Excellence at Fort Lee, Virginia, this assignment marks a homecoming of sorts: From September 2010 to July 2012, he served as the commander of DLA Land and Maritime in Columbus, Ohio. In September, he met with the editors of Loglines to spell out where the agency’s strengths lie, and where improvements will be focused over the next few years. Loglines: This is your second tour with DLA. Does that […]

Harnessing the sun

Harnessing the sun

AMSAA looks at advances in solar energy as a way to maintain the batteries powering infrequently-used Army vehicles. by Mr. Kevin Guite and Mr. Brian Frymiare For those holding onto a restored 1968 Camaro in the garage or that old Ford F100 inherited from your uncle and sitting under the backyard tree, it should not be a shock to find that the batteries in those vehicles exemplify the axiom “use it or lose it.” The Army faces a similar challenge, though one of far greater magnitude, with its vast fleet of tactical wheeled vehicles (TWVs), which make up nearly 65 percent of the Army’s total vehicle inventory. The TWV category—approximately […]

The importance of keeping track

The importance of keeping track

There aren’t very many industrial property management specialists, but the work they do to account for government property can be vitally important to DOD and the Army.  by Ms. Sabrina Johns  How important to an organization is accounting for government property? The short answer is “very,” but for the long answer, come with me to the Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, where how a property book officer, a logistics manager and an industrial property management specialist are addressing historical challenges associated with locating, establishing official records for and managing government property within the organization, as well as property provided […]

On The Right GTRAC

On The Right GTRAC

Fielding the Global Combat Support System – Army posed formidable training challenges. The product management office opted for a slow-and-steady approach that introduces users to the new logistics software over 150 days. by Antonio Ocasio The Global Combat Support System – Army (GCSS-Army), an Acquisition Category I major automated information system program and the largest logistics software implementation in military history, is well on its way to completion. GCSS-Army is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that facilitates near real-time management of all the Army’s sustainment missions. It replaces current tactical logistics management information systems, including the Standard Army Retail Supply System, Property Book Unit Supply Enhanced and Standard Army […]

Technical Manuals That Work

Technical Manuals That Work

Logistics demonstrations ready a suite of tools to improve the Army’s tactical network by inviting Soldiers to test the supporting documents in the fielding package. by Lt. Col. Mark Henderson Have you ever gotten frustrated trying to follow inaccurate or confusing directions while troubleshooting your home network? You may feel like tossing the directions and your computer right out the window. Now imagine troubleshooting with ambiguous directions under enemy fire, with your commander standing over your shoulder impatiently waiting for you to get his critical network connection up and running. On the battlefield, clear and accurate technical manuals can be just as important as the capabilities they support. The Army […]

A Glimpse From Above

A Glimpse From Above

OSD Logistics Fellows take on staff assignments and training in a collaborative learning program that allows participants to view the DOD enterprise logistics community from the highest level. by Mr. Bryan L. Jerkatis A friend and retired U.S. Air Force command chief often used an analogy with young troops to describe the differences between their worldviews and those of their leadership. “Your view of the ground [truth] depends upon the height of the branch in the tree upon which you are standing,” he would say. Similarly, the parable of “The Blind Men and the Elephant” teaches us that seeing only one side of something poses limitations. Both are also true […]

Life Saving Life Cycle Management

Life Saving Life Cycle Management

Central management of medical materiel keeps four fully stocked combat support hospitals at the ready. by Maj. Nikki L. Davis More than a dozen years of combat have offered many lessons learned for Army medicine. As a medical materiel life cycle manager, the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency (USAMMA) has learned that every equipping decision has to be both affordable—including life cycle logistics costs—and cost-effective in addressing the known capability gaps. Over-procurement of medical materiel to close a specific gap may reduce our ability to close other gaps and support today’s expeditionary Army. One way we achieve greater and sustainable medical readiness is through centralized management of high-value, high-volume materiel. […]

Integrating Army Medicine

Integrating Army Medicine

USAMMA finds efficiencies in medical materiel procurement, fielding and sustainment to reduce the logistical footprint and optimize readiness with limited resources. by Col. David R. Gibson In the Army, we often refer to combat and support capabilities as “the tooth” and “the tail.” We are constantly seeking ways to improve the ratio between the war­fighter and support elements, to maximize the amount of combat power we can project while minimizing the logistics tail. Fielding equipment and materiel that minimize the support and sustainment tail while increasing critical space required for early-entry combat operations increases force agility, adaptability and even lethality. Although we talk about tooth-to-tail to describe the ratio of […]

Lessons for the Long Haul

Lessons for the Long Haul

An urgent need leads to a quick off-the-shelf acquisition—a common story. PEO EIS adds two footnotes: Buy the data rights upfront, and get the original manufacturer to write the technical manual. If you end up relying on that quick purchase for years to come—not a far-fetched possibility in this budget environment—the costs of those two things will be justified by big savings. by Maj. Jonathan W. Judy and Ms. Ruby P. Hancock Army logisticians around the world depend on a worldwide satellite communications (SATCOM) system that was conceived as a quick fix, and consequently the Army jumped a few steps in the usual acquisition process to get it fielded. The […]

LMP Ensuring a Steady State of Army Readiness

LMP Ensuring a Steady State of Army Readiness

By Lt. Col. Robert Williams Today’s Army must maintain a steady state of readiness to respond to missions whenever—and wherever—they arise. Since 2003, the U.S. Army’s Logistics Modernization Program (LMP) has enabled the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s (AMC) readiness through improved business processes and advanced capabilities that track and manage production, maintenance, repair and overhaul orders at life-cycle management commands, depots, arsenals and ammunition plants. Through the expanded capabilities delivered by the recent implementation of LMP Increment 2, the system continues to support the Army’s overall readiness posture by ensuring that equipment is manufactured and repaired more quickly and cost effectively. What’s the LMP? The LMP is a powerful and […]