Defense Agency Will Use Sequester, Other Cuts to Make Big Changes

May 13, 2013

The Defense Logistics Agency is using the current budget environment to its advantage, leveraging the culture of cuts into transformative changes at the Pentagon’s logistics arm.

Vice Adm. Mark Harnitchek, the DLA director, told attendees of Government Executive’s Excellence in Government conference Monday that cuts at the Defense Department have led to increased pressure to institute a culture of change.

“It definitely helps,” Harnitchek said of the culture. “We’re standing on a burning bridge here.”

DLA will meet its planned budget cuts -- $10 billion over the next five years -- by doing more with less, Harnitchek said.

“How do you bake more bread with less flour?” Harnitchek asked. “Well, this isn’t baking. I’m convinced we’re not as organized as we need to be.”

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