DLA Director emphasizes performance-based logistics in Town Hall

By DLA Public Affairs

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Performance-based logistics was one of several topics Defense Logistics Agency Director Air Force Lt. Gen. Andy Busch emphasized in a Nov. 2 Town Hall with DLA Headquarters employees.

“(PBL) is a big issue for this agency, one that I would want all of you to become very conversant on,” Busch said, referring to a lifecycle-support approach in which the product provider is paid for a specified level of system availability. He noted that Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall is “pushing PBLs hard.”

Busch urged DLA employees to read Kendall’s Performance-Based Logistics Guidebook, published in May 2014 by the Defense Acquisition University, as a focus area in DoD’s Better Buying Power initiative.

“We’re doing great setting up PBLs that focus on depot maintenance and supply-chain parameters, but we don’t have the market penetration on working with program managers,” Busch said. “We need to find willing partners within the services’ acquisition community and program management community so that we can tie our PBLs to operational outcomes.”