Chief Information Officer

The Defense Logistics Agency is a U.S. Department of Defense agency that provides worldwide logistics support across the DoD and select customers outside the department. DLA emphasizes Warfighter Support, Stewardship Excellence, and Workforce Development.

Ms. Kathy Cutler became the Director of Information Operations (J6) and Chief Information Officer for DLA May 14, 2012. Ms. Cutler is responsible for all agency information technology activities across the worldwide J6 enterprise. She is also responsible for the agency’s logistics information operations that include DoD logistics cataloging, electronic routing of DoD logistics transactions, and document automation and production services.

Previously, she served as the Deputy Commander of DLA Aviation, a field activity of DLA located in Richmond, Va., where she served since August 2008. DLA Aviation is the aviation demand and supply manager for DLA with personnel serving in 19 locations across the United States in support of major weapon systems for the military services.

Before joining DLA Aviation, Ms. Cutler was Executive Director for Materiel Policy, Process, and Assessment in DLA Logistics Operations (J3). In J3, she was also the process integrator for Business Systems Modernization, now the Enterprise Business System. In that capacity, she led efforts to develop and integrate BSM with all elements of logistics systems and operations.

Ms. Cutler began her DLA career in 1982 at the Defense General Supply Center, later renamed Defense Supply Center Richmond and now DLA Aviation, as a general student trainee under the Junior Fellowship Program. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Virginia Commonwealth University, she became an inventory management specialist at DGSC. Later, she became a supply systems analyst and a supervisory budget analyst. 

Promoted in 1993, Ms. Cutler became the budget officer for DGSC, overseeing program objectives, the business plan and the entire operational and materiel budget.

In 1997, she became Deputy Director for planning and resource management at DSCR, where she was responsible for all budgetary and materiel management systems and procedures. In 2000, she moved to the Virtual Prime Vendor Office in DSCR, overseeing weapon system acquisition efforts.

With promotion to Director of the BSM office, Ms. Cutler supervised the functional and information technology analysts working on BSM until reassignment to J3 at DLA Headquarters in November 2002.

Ms. Cutler holds a master's degree in business administration from the Virginia Commonwealth University. She was also a LEGIS Fellow at the Brookings Institution, working on the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on investigations and on Sen. Susan Collins’ personal staff.


Deputy Director

Mr. Robert (Bob) Foster, a member of the Senior Executive Service, currently serves as Deputy Director, DLA Information Operations (J6), Defense Logistics Agency.  In this role, Mr. Foster helps oversee a workforce of approximately 3,000 information technology professionals that maintain a vast global network of automated systems and support DLA’s mission of providing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and other federal agencies with a variety of logistics, acquisition and technical services in peace and war, as well as emergency preparedness and humanitarian missions. 
Mr. Foster is a native of Tennessee and attended high school in the small rural town of Oneida. Graduating in 1971, Mr. Foster enrolled at Tennessee Technological University and graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. Choosing to continue his formal education at Tennessee Technological University, in 1977 he earned a Master of Science degree in biology. In 1986, the U.S. Army-Baylor University accepted him into the Healthcare Administration Graduate Program, where he was awarded a Master of Healthcare Administration degree in 1988.

 In 1977, Mr. Foster began a military career in the United States Army that spanned more than 20 years of service. Highlights included assignments as the Chief Information Officer for the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; Deputy Commander for Administration at Ireland Army Community Hospital, Fort Knox, Ky.; and Human Resources Manager for the Medical Service Branch, United States Army Personnel Command, Alexandria, Va. Mr. Foster also served with the 47th Field Hospital during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. His military awards and decorations included the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.

 After retiring from the military in 1999, Mr. Foster supported the Directorate of Information Management, Office of The Surgeon General, Falls Church, Va., as a Senior Systems Analyst. In November of 2000, Mr. Foster transitioned to supporting the Military Health System working for the Joint Medical Information Systems Office, in Falls Church. In March of 2002, Mr. Foster was selected to serve under an intergovernmental personnel agreement, serving as the Certifying Authority for MHS central IT systems, the Director of the Advanced Technology Innovation Center, and the Director of Integration and Security. Mr. Foster was selected to fill a civil service position as the Deputy PEO in January of 2005.  Effective April 29, 2005, he was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and was assigned as the Program Executive Officer for the MHS, where he oversaw the deployment of enterprise medical systems that supported the provision of medical care to warfighters, families and retirees around the world. On Oct. 1, 2007, Mr. Foster was also appointed as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the MHS. On Oct. 20, 2008, Mr. Foster was appointed as the Program Executive Officer for the Defense Logistics Agency.