DLA extends deadline for modernization proposals
- By , Doug Beizer
- Dec 17, 2008
Officials from the Defense Logistics Agency have extended the deadline
for contractors to submit proposals on how to modernize the Defense
Department’s distribution system. The new deadline is Jan. 15, and
previously it was Dec. 15.
DOD officials want to modernize
those tools and improve the distribution program, according to a recent
announcement from the DLA’s Defense Distribution Center.
distribution center wants to evaluate new products or services, or
improvements to existing products or services, officials said Dec. 8.
DOD’s distribution program is important as budgets get tighter, said
Robert Luby, vice president of supply chain management public sector
leader for IBM. Shifting service members out of Iraq and increasing
forces in Afghanistan will also increase the need for a more efficient
“I think the days of several hundred billion dollar
budget supplementals are over, and that will drive the DOD to modernize
the technology, to modernize the technical infrastructure and to get
more leverage out of their supply chain,” Luby said.
today’s system, sometimes several of the same items are shipped, just
to make sure one gets to the destination on time, he said.
new tools or system must encompass all classes of supplies, according
to DLA. The tools should also eliminate duplicative efforts across the
The distribution center also wants the new tools
use commercial best practices of tiered distribution and synchronized
and scheduled delivery.
DOD should be able to reach its supply chain goals without scrapping all its existing systems, he said.
technology is there,” Luby said. “There is very powerful middleware
that exists now that lets you leverage legacy systems so you don’t
necessarily have to throw everything away.”
Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.