Efforts to improve management of civilian contractors performing critical mission support functions are creating a cultural shift in the way the military prepares for battle, senior Defense Department officials told the House Armed Services Committee Sept. 12.
Alan F. Estevez, assistant secretary of defense for logistics and materiel readiness, and Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Craig C. Crenshaw, the Joint Staff’s vice director of logistics, testified along with other experts at a hearing held to examine the Defense Department’s planning and management of contractors on the battlefield.
Lessons learned in the combat theater over the last decade can optimize management and oversight of operational contract support in future operations, they said.
Estevez said that as the DoD has increasingly embraced operational contract support, he has seen a cultural shift in the way the military prepares for contingency operations.
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