Defense Logistics Agency Director Navy Vice Adm. Mark Harnitchek hosted senior leaders from U.S. Transportation Command and other Defense Department distribution process owners for an executive board meeting Aug. 6 at the McNamara Headquarters Complex.
The meeting was co-chaired by USTRANSCOM Commander Air Force Gen. Paul Selva and Paul Peters, acting assistant secretary of defense for logistics and materiel readiness.
The attendees included senior officials from DLA, USTRANSCOM, the geographical combatant commands, U.S. Special Operations Command, the Joint Staff, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, and the Defense Commissary Agency, both in person and over video teleconference.
“Our objective is to get at distribution process efficiencies and new ideas, and our job is government,” Selva said during his opening remarks. “That’s easy to say, but this is a huge enterprise. It touches every corner of the globe; it touches every COCOM; it touches every agency. Together, we’re the people that make this work.”
As DoD’s senior decision-making body for distribution-related operations, the executive board is responsible for the entire distribution process, Selva said.
“I appreciate all of you making the time to be here, to take a look at how we all partner in this process,” he said. “Because it’s one thing to say there’s a distribution process owner. It’s another thing to say that the distribution process owner has ownership of all the bits and pieces of the distribution process. You all own the bits and pieces – the services, the COCOMs, the corps, the agencies. Our job is to synchronize and make sure there is a rational approach to that entire process. I value that task because I think it brings real value to the COCOMs. I think it brings power to our deployed forces.”
Other planned topics of discussion for the half-day meeting included an Afghanistan retrograde update, perspectives from each combatant command, and a DLA strategic overview on fuels.