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DoD Distribution Partners conduct Industry Day to roll out vision for DTCI – Program asserts improving the movement of DoD materiel across the US

Arlington, Va. (USTCNS, March 16, 2005) --- Nearly 200 representatives of the country’s transportation and logistics industry, from small business to corporate leaders, met to learn more about the Department of Defense’s (DoD) plans to implement a third party logistics (3PL) program for U.S.-based freight movement. The initiative is referred to as the Defense Transportation Coordination Initiative (DTCI).

One of many initiatives by U.S. Transportation Command and National Partners such as the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the DTCI vision is to improve the reliability, predictability and efficiency of DoD materiel moving within the Continental U.S. through a long-term partnership with a world-class coordinator of transportation management services.

Through DTCI, the DoD is taking aggressive steps toward adopting commercial best practices and oversight management of all U.S. freight. “This initiative will be event-driven with a phased approach to implementation. The conditions will be clearly set before we determine in the future to move to subsequent phases,” said Lt. Gen. General Robert Dail, deputy commander, USTRANSCOM. “The time is right. We want improvement for DoD through the integration of commercial capability,” he stressed.

Frederick Baillie, executive director, Distribution and Reutilization Policy, Logistics Operation, DLA, emphasized the partnership between DLA and USTRANCOM on this initiative. The (DLA) provides worldwide logistics support for the missions of the Military Departments and the Unified Combatant Commands under conditions of peace and war.

“We learned from industry that we can be as good as we want to be inside our own supply chain, but our intent today is to communicate with industry” Mr. Baillie added, “3PL may be new for DLA and TRANSCOM but for the private sector, this is everyday business. We need your input and support.”

The DTCI program manager, Lt. Col. James (Chris) Moulton announced that through a business case analysis, the DoD learned that opportunities exist for consolidations, mode changes and cost savings. Moulton discussed the desire to work with industry in the development of this program.

“We heard you when you said the timeline is ambitious. And we’re constructing a phased implementation plan, adjusted for reality.” Underscoring that commitment was the illustration of a quote from Gen. John W. Handy, Commander, USTRANSCOM, “Proceed at best possible speed but get it right.”

In presenting the acquisition strategy, Cathy Simpson, DTCI Program Management Office contracting officer, continued to assert the importance of industry input through the Request for Information (RFI), the Performance Work Statement, the pre-solicitation conference, site visits, and one-on-one meetings.

“Small businesses will play a definite role,” Simpson said. “We’ll be looking rigorously at small business contracting plans. In keeping an eye towards mitigation, we will tie incentives to small business performance.”

Culminating the presentation, the transportation industry representatives had the opportunity to have their questions answered as well.

To see the entire Industry Day presentation, questions asked and their answers, and learn more about DTCI, go to www.doddtci.org.

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