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Performance Based Logistics For Achieving Affordable Readiness


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Authors: Betsy Lederer and Knob Moses

In February 2014, the Secretary of Defense announced a plan to shrink the Pentagon’s budget by more than $75 billion over the next two years. Secretary Chuck Hagel said these cuts would come by reducing manpower without degrading training or readiness. In order to help achieve these aggressive goals, there has been an increased focus on greater efficiency and productivity. This is reflected in the April 24, 2013, memorandum from Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD[AT&L]) Frank Kendall, “Implementing Directive for Better Buying Power 2.0—Achieving Greater Efficiency and Productivity in Defense Spending.” As part of a broad range of initiatives, Kendall’s BBP 2.0 memorandum promotes Performance Based Logistics (PBL) as one tool for achieving the Department of Defense (DoD) goal of affordable readiness. Using an outcome-based sustainment strategy, PBL offers a well-tested contribution to meeting the DoD’s budgetary challenges.

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