News | July 26, 2021

DLA Distribution utilizes Public Private Partnership program for cost savings and expeditious force readiness

By Matthew Mahoney, DLA Distribtution Public Affairs

Defense Logistics Agency Warner Robins, Georgia, began utilizing the Public Private Partnership program for specific components related to the F-15 aircraft resulting in cost savings and faster turn-around times for Air Force component maintenance.

“This agreement minimizes the cost and manpower associated with every new set of hands touching the material,” said Joseph Arnold, director, DDWG.
The PPP program, authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act, allows for government agencies to partner with private industry for storage and distribution of material.

Prior to the PPP agreement, broken components from the field would be sent to an industry partner for repair. Once at the industry partner receiving point, these components would be sent off to an entirely different geographic location for the actual repair. Then the component would be sent to DDWG where it would enter back into the supply chain for the Air Force.

“The organic repair of material is invisible to the warfighter, but the time and cost savings are significant,” said Melinda Stahl, deputy director, DDWG.

Under this agreement, the broken components are now received directly by DDWG and the maintenance is conducted by the Electronics Maintenance Group at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, co-located at the same installation as DDWG.

The ability to now keep material located and maintained within the existing Defense Department ecosystem makes the entire maintenance effort organic and more easily accountable. Once material is repaired, it can immediately return as a force ready material without delays associated in shipping and change of custody.

“DDWG serves as an integral part in expediting material for the Air Force operational readiness,” said Arnold. That level of expeditious readiness remains unseen to the Air Force pilot or maintainer.

This PPP agreement is one of five pilot programs DLA Distribution is utilizing to increase efficiency and deliver cost savings to the taxpayer.