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STAND-TO! Edition: Thursday, March 10, 2011

Today's Focus:

ASA (ALT) Establishes Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Services (DASA(S))

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"I know we'll face many challenges, some of those we can see very clearly today, while others will emerge in unexpected ways and in unexpected places. I remain wholly confident that the Africa Command team will meet each and every one of those challenges with agility, imaginative thought, and unselfish dedication. My fundamental belief is that we can and will accomplish more when we work together with our African partners. "

- Gen. Carter F. Ham, on assuming command of U.S. Africa Command from General William E. Ward during a ceremony March 9, 2011, at the Stadthalle in Sindelfingen, Germany, on the outskirts of Stuttgart.

U.S. Africa Command welcomes new commander

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"Our mission here is to mentor the Djiboutian military as they prepare for upcoming missions. We're trying to help them so they are capable of preventing conflict, establishing regional stability, and protecting coalition interests here. …We're showing them things that have helped us get through certain operations, and we want to help them so they can get through their future missions without any problem."

- Staff Sgt. Travis Elder, an infantry squad leader with the 137th, speaks about the mission of mentoring nearly 200 members of the Djiboutian Army's elite 1st Rapid Action Regiment to hone their infantry skills, by members of the U.S. Army National Guard's 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment.

U.S. Soldiers mentor Djiboutian Army rapid reaction forces

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TODAY'S FOCUS

ASA (ALT) Establishes Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Services (DASA(S))

What is it?

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Services (DASA(S)) is the Army's senior strategic manager responsible for developing and implementing a holistic approach for Army services. DASA(S) will assist commanders in obtaining cost-effective and efficient services to achieve their missions.

The Army spent in excess $52 billion a year on services. That's greater than half of our total procurement funding. There hasn't been an overarching lead agent or office with specific responsibility for services. This responsibility will promote a focus on activities surrounding the planning, execution and management of services across the Army.

What has the Army done?

On Nov. 1, 2010, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) established the DASA(S) in response to the September 2010 directive titled "Implementation Directive for Better Buying Power - Obtaining Greater Efficiency and Productivity in Defense Spending" from the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (USD (AT&L)). Prior to this directive, ASA (ALT) had already initiated a number of improvements to the services acquisition process.

What will the Army do?

DASA (S) will implement management and oversight of service acquisition DASA(S) will work closely with the Army Commands (ACOM) and Direct Reporting Units (DRU) across all four Army enterprises. Managing services acquisition across the Army will require both in-command and cross-command visibility of services requirements, vehicles and spending. Current concepts provide both portfolio management and command advocacy working in concert to provide the best value for resources expended in support of our Soldiers.

Why is this important to the Army?

The lack of enterprise view resulted in significant variations, limited ability to achieve synergies, apply best practices optimize results, limiting effectiveness and efficiency in execution. These efforts will support the Solider by transforming the Army's approach to acquiring services from a tactical and reactive function to a strategically driven process that engages all key stakeholders to ensure maximum value for every contract dollar.

Resources:

Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology

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