DoD is ensuring a responsive, resilient supply chain

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Supply chain management is the idea of moving people and stuff from one place to another in a timely and efficient manner. This has been the goal since people started trekking from point A to point B.

But experts say it wasn’t until the 1980s that the technology revolution started to have are real impact on moving people and things.

Today, supply chain is at what experts call is entering a second transformational stage.

Agencies must focus on improving customer engagement by making assets more visible across multiple systems and data sets. Visibility can be something as simple as transportation information to improve the routes trucks drive. Or it can better align the organization through digital feedback.

The second part of the transformation is speed—the speed to process requests and to move stuff from Point A to Point B.

Agencies face a host of opportunities and challenges as part of today’s modern supply chain. In the end, the only goal is getting warfighters the products and services they need as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Stephen Gray, the director of the 448th Supply Chain Management Wing at the Air Force Sustainment Center, said like many parts of the Defense Department over past 10-to-15 years, the service has reduced its footprint and become leaner in managing its supply chain.

“We dictate essentially to them what stock they’re going to have, and then we manage the processes to make sure that the materials are available to them,” Gray said. “By centrally managing that, we’re able to optimize the inventory and reduce it to I don’t want to say bare minimum, but minimum amounts that are needed to support the enterprise. We take an enterprise approach in all activities that we do. By centralizing and optimizing our inventory, we’re able to carry less, which frees up dollars for the Air Force to go invest and do other things.”

The Air Force and others also work closely with the defense industrial base to ensure the timeliness and resiliency of the supply chain.

Gray said within the United States, the Air Force can move any part within three days or less. While overseas, it’s somewhat dependent on the country, but it’s equally quick given the geographic challenges.

Learning objectives:

  • Agencies’ supply chain strategy
  • Data and supply chain management
  • Cloud and supply chain management

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Panel of experts

  • Karen Fenstermacher

    Executive, Strategic Initiatives, Naval Supply System Command

  • Dan Elzie

    Deputy Commander, Marine Force Storage Command

  • Stephen Gray

    Director, 448th Supply Chain Management Wing, Air Force Sustainment Center

  • Chad Jones

    Federal Supply Chain & Operations Leader, KPMG Federal Advisory Services

  • Jason Miller

    Executive Editor, Federal News Network

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