As commander of the Naval Supply Systems Command, Rear Admiral Mark Heinrich must deliver supply chain support for "America's Away Team" around the world. With more than 100 ships typically under way at any time, the stakes are high and "mission execution is key," Heinrich said in a session on performance-based logistics at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' 2012 Annual Global Conference.
Speaking directly to the budget challenges the U.S. military faces today, he said, "We know that with better relationships with our suppliers, we can perform in a more cost-wise manner."
Heinrich then offered logistics and supply chain managers advice on building relationships with suppliers based on the Navy's experience. Just three examples: