TRANSCOM to manage Defense supply chains

The Defense Department's Transportation Command was recently designated the portfolio manager for all DOD IT supply-chain systems.

Bradley Berkson, acting undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, and Vice Adm. Gordon S. Holder, director of logistics for the Joint Staff, signed a joint memorandum agreeing on the designation.

'(We) look forward to working with you and our national partners to take this necessary step,' wrote TRANSCOM's Commander, Air Force Gen. John W. Handy, in a reply to the memorandum.

TRANSCOM's mission is to provide air, land and sea transportation for the Defense Department, both in war and peace. The command is headquartered at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

The command, which had already been designated by Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld as the lead for the military's distribution and supply chain processes, is currently examining 600 military supply chain systems to determine if they can be integrated into DOD's overarching business enterprise architecture.

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