News | Dec. 10, 2021

DLA, Army leaders discuss demand planning, service performance priorities

By DLA Public Affairs

Defense Logistics Agency leaders outlined how the agency will continue assisting the Army in reducing costs and discussed mutual readiness objectives during an Army/DLA Day event at the Pentagon Dec. 7.

DLA Director Navy Vice Adm. Michelle Skubic; Army Lt. Gen. Duane Gamble, the service’s deputy chief of staff for logistics; and Army Materiel Command Executive Deputy Lisha Adams and Supply Chain Management Director Dean Maddox led the event, which included representatives from each of DLA’s major subordinate commands.

Although the last Army/DLA briefing occurred more than two years ago, Skubic said in the meantime leadership teams have participated in forums that allowed perpetual interactions and led to candid and transparent conversations. 

Gamble and Adams agreed that DLA has an integral part of increasing Army supply chain performance while optimizing costs. DLA can also help the Army save money in storage and distribution costs by helping them decide when to repair equipment versus purchasing new items or choosing to dispose of materials instead of paying for maintenance and warehouse storage.

Other topics included supply chain optimization and performance-based agreement metrics, as well as inventory and material replacement rates, demand planning, supply availability and uniform support. The latter included discussion about the Army’s improved maternity work uniforms, shortfalls in delivery schedules and renegotiation of long-term contracts with clothing and textiles vendors. 

DLA Finance Director Art Hagler talked about the working capital fund, DLA’s investments in supply chain inventory, Army spending and how DLA can help the service reduce their bills and recoup total storage costs based on projected workload. He also addressed DLA’s plans to ensure strategic priorities and external mandates such as information technology modernization, G-invoicing, warehouse management system and audit are properly resourced through fiscal 2023.