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DoD seeks ‘amicable divorce’ for AT&L transformation

22nd May 2018 - 12:00 GMT | by Scott Gourley in Tampa, Florida


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The US Department of Defense is conducting a significant restructuring of its logistics oversight organisational structure. 

Still in its initial phases, the restructuring of the Office of Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (AT&L), which was mandated by the US Congress in the 2017 Defense Authorization Act, is apparently encountering a few early bumps.

The transition status was outlined at last week’s NDIA 34th Annual National Logistics Forum during a keynote address by Robert McMahon, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness.

‘I come from this organisation that was called AT&L and is now called Acquisition and Sustainment,’ he began. ‘I am still the Logistics and Materiel Readiness Assistant Secretary, but we're in the midst of this transition…What I can tell you thus far is that we have broken AT&L into acquisition and sustainment on one side and research and engineering on the other.

‘This is a divorce,’ he added. ‘I've heard about amicable divorces. But I've never seen one.’

Asserting that ‘there are challenges anytime you take one organisation and break it into two,’ he said that the DoD participants were working through those issues.

‘The good news is we've got great leadership on both sides,’ he said. ‘But it isn't without challenges as we move forward. So anything you hear [about] “Oh, it's going great,” well, it is going great. But it isn't without a lot of challenges and we're trying to work through those today.’

Emphasising that the process is still in its early stages, he offered that the process will include standing up an Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment and that both Logistics and Materiel Readiness and Energy Installations and Environment will fall under that office. 

‘That office ...

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