IT Reshapes DLA Strategy

The Defense Logistics Agency has a new strategic plan available online.

In the plan, Army Lt. Gen. Robert Dail, DLA's director, reports that the agency seeks to extend “beyond its traditional wholesaler responsibilities.” The agency has just finished a multi-year information technology and business process modernization effort, merging six siloed systems into a single enterprise resource planning system. Some of the previous systems were 1960s vintage legacy systems running on COBOL. The new system is an SAP commercial-off-the-shelf system.

Now that their modernized system is up and running, DLA officials want to extend DLA’s reach closer to warfighters. Dail outlines three goals: extend the enterprise, connect warfighter demand with supply, and deliver supply chain excellence.

CIO Magazine recently interviewed Dail about his views on how IT can deliver on DLA's strategic goals.