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Department of Defense and Strategic Sustainability

January 19, 2018

Army Lt. General Darrell Williams Army
director of the Defense Logistics Agency

 

Does the Department of Defense have a sustainability strategy?  Yes, they do.  You should know about it.

 

Smeal was honored today to have Lt. General Darrell Williams, Director of the Defense Logistics Agency, as part of our on-going Executive Insights series.

 

DLA is a massive global logistics operation active in 26 countries with 26,000 employees

  • provides more than $35 billion in goods and services annually.

  • Supports more than 2,300 weapon systems

  • Manages nine supply chains and about 5 million items from uniforms to meals to pharmaceuticals and weapons systems

Lt. Williams had great advice for our students and was an impressive leader and he made me think again of the Department of Defense's work in sustainability.

 

Two Views on Sustainability and the DoD

In particular, Lt. Williams made me think of DoD Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans....and the straight-talk of retired Marine Puck Mykelby:

 

1. DoD Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans (SSPP)

According to their website, the DoD SSPP "presents a progress update and the way forward across a framework of four sustainability objectives: continued availability of critical resources, readiness maintained in the face of climate change, waste and pollution minimized, and management and practices built on sustainability and community."