DOD's High-Risk Areas: Observations on DOD's Progress and Challenges in Strategic Planning for Supply Chain Management
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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The Department of Defenses DOD management of its supply chain network is critical to supporting military forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere and also represents a substantial investment of resources. As a result of weaknesses in DODs management of supply inventories and responsiveness to warfighter requirements, supply chain management is on GAOs list of high-risk federal government programs and operations. In July 2010, DOD issued a new Logistics Strategic Plan that represents the departments current vision and direction for supply chain management and other logistics areas. Todays testimony draws from GAOs prior related work and observations from an ongoing review of DOD supply chain management, and, as requested, will 1 describe DODs prior strategic planning efforts in the area of logistics, 2 highlight key elements in the new Logistics Strategic Plan, and 3 discuss opportunities for improvement in future iterations of this plan. In conducting its ongoing audit work, GAO reviewed the Logistics Strategic Plan, compared elements in the plan with effective strategic planning practices, and met with cognizant officials from DOD, the military services, and other DOD components as appropriate.
- Administration and Management
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies