USACE, DLA discuss mutual goals, connectivity

By Dianne Ryder DLA Public Affairs

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Leaders from the Defense Logistics Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers met for the third USACE/DLA Partnership Day Oct. 31 at the McNamara Headquarters Complex to improve mutual support through increased collaboration.

DLA Director Army Lt. Gen. Darrell Williams welcomed Army Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, USACE commander. Semonite said USACE builds with concrete and steel but the most important thing it builds is partnerships like the one it has with DLA.

Topics included restoration and modernization of engineering and military construction projects. Semonite noted USACE’s portfolio of programs, projects and support for others has grown from $26 billion to $58 billion in one year.

“We want to use this massive growth to figure out how we can somehow change the way we’re delivering, how to streamline,” he said, adding that USACE relies on DLA’s acquisition expertise and long-term contracts to meet customers’ needs.

“We’ve got to stretch [customers’] dollars as much as we can,” he said.

Williams said USACE functions much like a defense agency and shares many of DLA’s customers. He reiterated the importance of strengthening the bond between the two organizations and relying on each other’s core competencies.

DLA supports more than 40 Whole of Government agencies, many of which rely on DLA to provide supplies and services under increasing resource constraints, Williams said.

Semonite agreed that USACE and DLA can bring value to the nation by continuing to work together.

“It’s an amazing partnership and we’ve got to be able to continue to leverage it,” he said.

Attendees also discussed G-Invoicing, research and development, and emerging DLA Energy programs and initiatives.