Rapid Fire September 12, 2012: DLA’s Performance-Based Logistics
- The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) on the rationale for Performance-Based Logistics (PBL):
There are 9 contracts among the services to support [the T700] aircraft engine, plus some DLA contracts. That sounds like someone put together a bunch of contracts without thinking it through, but nobody did it for nefarious reasons. Somebody saw a problem and put a contract in place to solve it. As long as there’s plenty of money to go around, industry is happy to do business that way. But now, they see the budget is coming down and they need to partner with us in creating efficiencies.”
- Allied Minds, a private investment firm in Boston, MA, made an agreement with three DoD labs and research centers to establish public-private partnerships through the funding of up to 100 companies a year focused on technology transfers and commercial applications. This follows a template Allied Minds says it has been applying in its relationships with more than 40 universities since 2007.
- SASC chairman Carl Levin [D-MI] doesn’t expect the Senate to take up the 2013 defense bill before the election. This is not a surprise when Senate majority leader Harry Reid [D-NV] seems more concerned with Paul Ryan’s marathon finishing times than getting to work on, well, anything of substance. Case in point: online gambling taking precedence over passing a defense bill. Reid came back from recess this week to announce a “very short and compact” fall session.