Defense AT and L. Volume 38, Number 2
Defense Acquisition University Fort Belvoir United States
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The U.S. Transportation Command oversaw 12.3 billion in fiscal year 2008 revenue. If USTRANSCOM was ranked on the Fortune 500 list of Americas largest corporations, that amount would place it as number 216 on the list. During an average week, the command conducts more than 1,900 air missions, with 25 ships under way and 10,000 ground shipments operating in 75 percent of the worlds countries. USTRANSCOM represents enormous military assets, valued in excess of 52 billion, that include 87 ships, 1,269 aircraft,2,150 railcars and assorted equipment, and 1.4 billion in infrastructure, as well as access through commercial partners to more than 1,000 aircraft and 360 vessels in the Civil Reserve Air Fleet and Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement. Financial accountability for all its missions is extremely important, as the funds for which USTRANSCOM has responsibility come from the warfighter and the taxpayer. In December 2008, Defense AT and L spoke with Alan Keith Bentley, USTRANSCOM director of program analysis and financial management, about his role in managing such an enterprise and ensuring prudent oversight, growth, and cutting-edge responsiveness.