Defense Logistics Agency designated executive agent for critical supply chains.
The Defense Logistics Agency Noun 1. Defense Logistics Agency - a logistics combat support agency in the Department of Defense; provides worldwide support for military missions
Defense Department, Department of Defense, DoD, United States Department of Defense, Defense - the federal department has recently been designated the executive agent for several critical supply chains within the Department of Defense: bulk petroleum, medical materiel ma·te·ri·el or ma·té·ri·el
The equipment, apparatus, and supplies of a military force or other organization. See Synonyms at equipment. , and subsistence subsistence,
n the state of being supported or remaining alive with a minimum of essentials. (food or food-related supplies, including bottled water). The EA designation to DLA DLA
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With this designation, DoD recognizes the commercial business practice of establishing supply chain managers as the key element to effective delivery of products and services to its customers. In this case, these customers range across a broad spectrum of activity and geography, from peace-time operations to warfare, in the continental United States United States territory, including the adjacent territorial waters, located within North America between Canada and Mexico. Also called CONUS. and abroad.
DLA has designated specific field activities to fully execute its directed EA responsibilities: bulk petroleum by the Defense Energy Support Center; medical, subsistence, clothing and textiles, and construction by the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia. The commanders of these organizations, acting as supply chain managers, are responsible for identifying customer requirements and managing the industrial base to ensure product availability, as well as inventory management, storage, distribution, delivery, and ultimately, disposal of the items that fall under their responsibility.
Along with these tasks comes the responsibility for funding the activities. As with any effort this large, DLA must partner both horizontally and vertically with commercial and government organizations to fulfill its supply chain responsibilities. Supplier and customer collaborations are cornerstones to achieving high-performance results. Like their industry counterparts, DLA supply chain managers have entered into strategic partnerships with service providers in the industrial base, transportation industry, U.S. Transportation Command, and others. Additionally, partnerships with military customers are essential in determining the time-phased demand plans to meet operational requirements (programming) operational requirements - Qualitative and quantitative parameters that specify the desired capabilities of a system and serve as a basis for determining the operational effectiveness and suitability of a system prior to deployment. .
Aggressive planning with both customers and suppliers has allowed DLA to invest in inventories that have enabled logistics managers to support mission requirements throughout the world. These partnerships must be punctuated with service-level agreements specifically delineating performance objectives for each critical part of the supply chain. These objectives reflect routine operations as well as surge requirements for support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
"DLA must continue to evolve as DoD's premier end-to-end supply chain integrator," says Vice Adm. Keith Lippert, DLA director. "We have become a national strategic asset providing 'factory to foxhole' management of consumable A material that is used up and needs continuous replenishment, such as paper and toner. "The low-tech end of the high-tech field!" items, stock positioning and distribution services, reutilization and marketing services, and logistics information to a global deployed and deployable force.
"This environment dictates that we adopt a robust business strategy that will allow DLA to build and deliver integrated, tailored logistics solutions crossing the operational spectrum from peace to war," he adds.
Adopting the commercial business model of supply chain management necessitated some transformation within the agency, including reorganizing into customer and supplier teams, implementing a state-of-the-art enterprise resource planning See ERP.
(application, business) Enterprise Resource Planning - (ERP) Any software system designed to support and automate the business processes of medium and large businesses. system, concentrating on enterprise process management and process improvements, and establishing supply chain metrics metrics Managed care A popular term for standards by which the quality of a product, service, or outcome of a particular form of Pt management is evaluated. See TQM. for internal performance and financial accountability. Because of the scope of the transformation, DLA also instituted a change management strategy led by advocates at all levels of management within the organization.
One of the key strategies that DLA has used in ensuring end-to-end support of its supply chains is the "rock drill." Rock drills are paper or tabletop exercises, conducted with all key supply chain stakeholders Stakeholders
All parties that have an interest, financial or otherwise, in a firm-stockholders, creditors, bondholders, employees, customers, management, the community, and the government. , that map out the entire process flow from customer demand to fulfillment to disposal. The process will identify overlaps and/or gaps in the process, allowing the supply chain manager to pinpoint deficiencies in systems, processes, or policy. Gaps could be information gaps as well as distribution and delivery gaps. Information flow is an essential element in managing supply chains effectively and a critical enabler in managing an efficient supply chain with global reach.
At the conclusion of the exercise, gaps are identified and action plans (including funding) for correction are created and monitored. Additionally, overlaps are minimized to those necessary for planned redundancy. This technique is being applied to all of the EA supply chains for which DLA is responsible and will be the mechanism for identifying and communicating supply chain objectives to all stakeholders. It is also the mechanism to be used for identification of continuous improvement opportunities in the assured delivery of products.
"We identified and validated steps for action by the executive agent," says Air Force Lt. Col. Mike O'Connor, program manager for medical commodities. "We addressed several disciplines. In each case, we have people assigned to perform those duties, and they told us what an executive agent could do differently and better in each situation."
The designation of U.S. Transportation Command as the distribution process owner The process owner is the person who co-ordinates the various functions and work activities at all levels of a process. This person might have the authority or ability to make changes in the process as required, and manages the entire process cycle to ensure performance allows DLA and TRANSCOM TRANSCOM United States Transportation Command
TRANSCOM Transportation Operations Coordinating Committee (metro New York, New Jersey, Connecticut)
TRANSCOM Transactions on Communications (IEEE) the opportunity to more effectively collaborate in their respective roles of supply chain manager and distribution service provider. Synchronizing synchronizing,
n a technique that a therapist uses to coordinate his or her breath with that of the client; builds trust and establishes relationship. the flow of required supplies from factory to foxhole is clearly the logistics imperative, and these two organizations can ensure that the objective is met for the supply chains for which DLA has been designated EA authority. This includes in-theater support, as well as peacetime in-country operations.
The designation of supply chain managers within DoD marks a milestone in the accomplishment of one of the department's objectives: for the business operations Business operations are those activities involved in the running of a business for the purpose of producing value for the stakeholders. Compare business processes. The outcome of business operations is the harvesting of value from assets of defense to become more efficient and effective. The challenge is large, but placing accountability for performance of a supply chain squarely in the hands of a single organization is a management principle that has demonstrated results in the commercial world. There is no reason to believe it won't have the same high-pay-off results in DoD.
DLA provides supply support, and technical and logistics services to the U.S. military services and several federal civilian agencies. Headquartered at Fort Belvoir Fort Belvoir is a United States military installation and a census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. The population was 7,176 at the 2000 census. . Va., the agency is the one source for nearly every consumable item, whether for combat readiness Synonymous with operational readiness, with respect to missions or functions performed in combat. , emergency preparedness, or day-to-day operations. More information about DLA is available at <http://www.dla.mil>.
Knott is DLA component acquisition executive and deputy director of DLA's Logistics Operations Directorate.