July 29, 2010 1 Comment
You would think that the DOD supply chain would be one of the best in the world since its primary purpose is to protect humans and save lives. This is clearly not the case. As the GAO recently pointed out, after two years of evaluation and research, the DOD July 2010 version of their Logistics Strategic Plan lacks specific and clear performance measurement information, definition of key concepts, identification of problems and capability gaps, and discussion of resources needed to achieve goals. Additional problems relate to linkage with exisitng DOD resources and how plan governance will occur.
This is disappointing to a taxpayer, a consultant that creates supply chain strategies, and a trainer that teaches the subject. I’m sure that the DOD spent millions of dollars of resources to create this plan. Without a defined strategy and metrics to measure performance, how does anyone know whether the DOD is meeting its established goals.
The DOD should now immediately create the outline of a strategy that includes:
- A SWOT Analysis
- An evaluation of the supply chain environment
- Internal and External Resources
- Validation of customer needs
- Implementation Plan
No wonder that the DOD has over $10 Billion of spare parts and billions of this amount unusable or excess.
Congress should hold DOD accountable for this new strategy and require reports on performance. President Obama wants to craft a strategy for Afghanistan. What he should be sure to do is to ensure that the DOD Logistics and Supply Chain plan supports and is integrated into the overall strategy.