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Supporting the Supporters: DLAs Workforce Development Plans

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Defense Acquisition University Fort Belvoir United States

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Operating in 48 states and 28 foreign countries, DLAs 23,000 civilian and military personnel reflect one of the Department of Defenses largest workforces. DLAs support to the military service members comes in the form of an average of 54,000 requisitions and 8,200 contracts per day, and thats not all the agency does. In fact, in fiscal year 2007, DLA employees oversaw the provisioning of more than 35 billion in goods and services to military services worldwide, including support to Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. If Americas forces can eat it, wear it, drive it, or burn it, chances are that DLA helps provide it, a DLA brochure declares. Thats a hefty responsibility, indeed. The former director of the Defense Logistics Agency, Army Gen. Robert T. Dail, often reminded the DLA workforce that our support should be worthy of their service. But whos making sure the DLA employees supporting the warfighter are well, supported What about their training and development How does the agency retain the level of talented workers it needs to maintain its current and future operations

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