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Affirmation is a wonderful thing:  Performance Based Logistics at DLA

By Steve Geary | 02/25/2018 | 8:34 AM

A tranquil and rainy Sunday morning is an ideal opportunity the to read and digest DoD policy.  Policy is a wonderful thing – the playbook that directs what the government actually does – and today’s theme is logistics policy at the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).  In particular, the focus is a search for Performance Based Logistics directives at DLA. 

According to the Defense Acquisition University, with PBL “outcomes are acquired through performance based arrangements that deliver Warfighter requirements and incentivize product support providers to reduce costs through innovation. These arrangements are contracts with industry or inter-governmental agreements.”

Policy at the Defense Logistics Agency flows from the top down, beginning at the White House.  The President provides the vector, the Secretary of Defense issues direction across the Department of Defense, and the direction ultimately cascades down to the operational level. 

There are five Focus Areas laid out by DLA leadership to describe DLA’s “plans, priorities and expectations related to Industry Engagement from the DLA enterprise perspective.”  Peeling back within the five Industry Engagement Focus areas, there is a detailed description of “Supplier Communication and Interaction.”

“Following Secretary Mattis’ guidance, DLA acquisition professionals and leaders are encouraged and expected to engage with and work collaboratively with industry in a fair and open manner. DLA will continue to initiate, ensure and be responsive to supplier interactions at all levels of business.”

And then there is a citation pointing to a detailed diagram that invokes Performance Based Logistics as a critical piece of the Supplier Engagement Strategy, “see Supplier Engagement Spectrum below.”

PBL lives on at DLA.

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About Steve Geary

Steve Geary

Steve Geary is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Tennessee's College of Business Administration, and is on the faculty at The Gordon Institute at Tufts University, where he teaches supply chain management. He is the President of the Supply Chain Visions family of companies, and Chief Operating Officer at ROSE Solutions, consultancies that work across the government sector. Steve is a contributing editor at DC Velocity, and editor-at-large for CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly. He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and Who's Who in Executives and Professionals. In November of 2007, Steve was recognized for "Selfless Service to Our Nation and the People of Iraq" by the Deputy Secretary of Defense.


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