The Air Force has just launched a three-year “deep dive” to better understand and control its logistics costs, said Lt. Gen. Judith Fedder, deputy chief of staff for logistics, installations, and mission support, Thursday. Fedder told the audience attending her Air Force Association-Air Force Breakfast Program talk in Arlington Va., that the logistics enterprise is in need of a scrub. “We know we have excess capacity—or capacity that’s not righty placed,” she said. Three main areas are getting attention: strengthening and implementing repair-network integration—which Fedder said is targeted for completion in two years; understanding the cost of logistics; and “getting acquisition logistics professionals embedded in program offices.” She told the Daily Report after the May 17 event that there are “specific milestones,” for analyzing the enterprise over the next 36 months, but no dollar savings targets have been set. “We haven’t put that stake in the ground, but we may impose that on ourselves,” she said. The emphasis will be on “defining the end state” of what Air Force logistics ought to be, she noted.
Unlike nearly every other innovative technology throughout history, Maj. Gen. DeAnna M. Burt believes the space enterprise emerged backward. “Every other domain started with an entrepreneur who built something,” Burt, the special assistant to the Chief of Space Operations, told an audience at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference.