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Continued Support for Paralyzed Veterans

During our 10th Annual Paralyzed Veterans Golf Open (PVGO) earlier this year, Agility partnered with the Stand Up and Play Foundation to donate two new Paragolfers to Andrews Airforce Base and Ft. Belvoir Army Base, with the intent of making them available to use by disabled veterans. The Paragolfer allows disabled veterans to stand up and play sports and engage in everyday activities. October 6th was a day to remember for Agility on our continuing journey of supporting paralyzed veterans. It was the official handover of the Stand Up and Play Paragolfer to Andrews Airforce Base Golf Course located at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.

Caption: Mike Thomas, General Manager of Andrews AFB Golf Course with Anthony Netto, Founder of the Stand Up and Play Foundation

Caption: Anthony Netto, Founder of the Stand Up and Play Foundation poses for a photo with soldiers stationed at Andrews Airforce Base.

Anthony Netto, Founder of the Stand Up and Play Foundation, attended the event and engaged in a live demonstration of the Paragolfer, showcasing its features to veterans and golfers.

We are very proud of this partnership and very excited that this wonderful equipment will be available at the golf course to support any paralyzed or handicapped veteran who wants to play golf but did not have the means to engage in the sport.

-Dan

 

A Successful AUSA

After our first successful day at the 2017 AUSA Annual Meeting, our second day and third day were even more remarkable.

With our internal theme being “Agility is back in the game and we are open and ready for U.S. government business,” we certainly hit the ground running. The remaining days of AUSA were  filled with substantive meetings while the traffic at our booth kept the whole team busy. We juggled schedules, held meetings in multiple locations, and engaged partners and potential customers that were interested in Agility.

Caption: Agility DGS employees discussing strategic opportunities with potential partners at our booth.

On Wednesday, the week wrapped up with the culminating event of AUSA, The Marshall Dinner. The honored guest and Marshall Award recipient was Gary Sinise, also known as Lieutenant Dan from the famous Forrest Gump movie. Accepting the award, Gary Sinise gave a powerful, passionate, and highly patriotic speech about his passion and commitment to the Army and the U.S. military.

Caption: Gary Sinise, moments before receiving the George Marshall Award.

The success of the 2017 AUSA Annual Meeting simply stated that Agility DGS’s reputation is in intact and we are ready to do business.

Special thanks to all those who helped make AUSA a resounding success for Agility DGS.

Army Strong. DGS Strong.

-Dan

 

An Evening to Remember at the Royal Logistic Corps Dinner

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Corps Dinner Night of the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) with my colleague, Chris Murray, Vice President of DGS Europe and former Director of the RLC. The RLC was formed in 1993 to provide logistics support and services to the British Army.

Photo Caption: Brigadier Chris Murray, Vice President of DGS Europe and former Director of the RLC (left) and Dan Mongeon, President and CEO of Agility DGS (right)

The dinner, hosted by Lieutenant General Mark Poffley OBE, the Master General of Logistics, was held at the RLC Headquarters Officers’ Mess in Deepcut; a 20th-century military village in Surrey Heath, United Kingdom. The evening included military entertainment and celebrations, and was attended by notable senior military logisticians of the British Army.

During the after-dinner speech, General Poffley praised Agility’s work in support of the UK Defence Operations, and thanked Agility for its continued sponsorship of the RLC Sports teams, which allows young soldiers to play sports at a higher competitive level, and contributes to the funds that allow them to hold competitions and participate in international tours.

Thank you RLC for a wonderful evening and the kind words from General Poffley.

-Dan

DoD’s Acquisition Reform Initiatives

Daniel Gouré is spot on with his February 17 article regarding DoD’s acquisition reform initiatives. I can’t find any fault with the four key points he makes about acquisition reform. Simply stated, the “old way” just won’t work anymore. The defense business environment has truly changed and DoD must change as well. A special “shout out” for Daniel’s comments regarding the British MoD success with long term PBLs. DoD needs to take a hard look at some of the very innovative approaches currently underway in British acquisitions.

Read this article here.

– Dan

The United States Remains A Logistics and Sustainment Superpower

Kudos to the Lexington Institute and Daniel Gouré for the excellent article on DoD logistics: “The United States Remains A Logistics and Sustainment Superpower.” The truth of the matter is that U.S. logistics capability is so good that it is often taken for granted.

I could not agree more with the statement “logistics and sustainment is what makes the difference between a military than can fight and win wars and one-trick ponies…” Well done, Dan, thanks for taking the time to recognize a national treasure.

– Dan

 

 

 

 

 

Rethinking Competition in Defense Acquisition

In a recent article published by the Lexington Institute, “Rethinking Competition in Defense Acquisition,” the author’s point is well taken. Competition just for the sake of meeting internal DoD metrics is self-serving and in no way relates to the realities of private industry.

However, sole sourcing isn’t the only solution. I think a bigger issue is the length of contracts. Simply stated, they need to be longer. The UK MoD is finding success using longer timeframes for contracts to attract competition and lower costs. Maybe there is something there.

– Dan

Why Is It “Easier” For DoD To Cut Forces But Not Overhead?

Once again, Dan Gouré hits the nail squarely on the head with comments in his recent Lexington Institute article. There is no question that there are $billions that could be saved by DoD if they would get serious about adopting best commercial business practices. Reducing the overly burdensome DoD contracting and acquisition process would truly save $billions.

Also, as Dan correctly points out, DoD needs to get serious about Performance Based Logistics (PBLs) agreements. Using PBLs needs to be the rule rather than the exception. We all know that PBLs save money and are very effective in improving readiness, so why can’t we take it to the next level? Simply stated we can but “old school” thinking needs to be shown the door first. We need to accept that work which is not inherently governmental is a prime candidate for PBLs. There is no magic here: Mandate the use of PBLs and get on with it.

Read the article here.

– Dan

Logistician Christianson Retires from NDU

In the April edition of National Defense magazine, there is a short article announcing the retirement of LTG (R) Chris Christianson from National Defense University. Few if any logisticians have had a more profound impact on DoD logistics than Chris. He made all of us think more broadly, be more “joint” in our approach to logistics and always remember who we are ultimately accountable to – the soldier, sailor, Marine, and airman on point for our nation.

LTG (R)  "Chris" Christianson

LTG (R) “Chris” Christianson

Chris will be missed.

Read the article here.

– Dan

 

More Partnering and Sharing with NATO Allies Needed

You can always count on Lexington Institute’s Daniel Goure to cut to the chase. In his recent article in Defense News, he cuts through all the DoD handwringing about a shrinking Defense budget and proposes a viable solution that involves doing more partnering and sharing with our NATO allies. This is an idea whose time has come, so let’s get on with it!

Read the article here

-Dan

AUSA Winter Symposium 2014 Thoughts

AUSA’s Winter Symposium held last week in Huntsville, Alabama was a resounding success. The presentations and panel discussions were very relevant and provided excellent perspective on current issues facing the Army, DoD and commercial industry. Simply stated, this was time well spent. Hopefully, AUSA will build on the momentum of this year’s conference by holding it again in Huntsville next year.

-Dan