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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY. DLA Needs to Strengthen Its Investment Management Capability

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DLA is DODs logistics manager for all departmental consumable items and some repair parts. Its primary business function is materiel management providing supply support to sustain military operations and readiness. In addition, DLA performs five other supply-related business functions distributing materiel from DLA and service-owned inventories, purchasing fuels for DOD and the U.S. government, storing strategic materiel, marketing surplus DOD materiel for reuse and disposal, and providing numerous information services, such as item cataloging, for DOD and the U.S. government, as well as selected foreign governments. These six business functions are managed by field commands that report to and support the agencys central command authority. In 2000, DLA refocused its logistics mission from that of a supplier of materiel to a manager of supply chain relationships. To support this transition, the agency developed a strategic plan known as DLA 21 to reengineer and modernize its operations. 2 Among the goals of DLA 21 are to optimize inventories, improve efficiency, increase effectiveness through organizational redesign, reduce inventories, and modernize business systems. DIA relies on over 650 systems to support warfighters by allowing access to global inventories. Whether it is ensuring that there is enough fuel to service an aircraft fleet, providing sufficient medical supplies to protect and treat military personnel, or supplying ample food ratios to our soldiers on the frontlines, information technology plays a key role in ensuring that Defense Department agencies are prepared for their missions. Because of its heavy reliance on IT to accomplish its mission, DIA invests extensively in this area. For fiscal year 2002, DLAs IT budget is about 654 million.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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