Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) is the DoD product support strategy to deliver weapon system readiness. PBL is an outcome based support strategy that provides an integrated support solution that balances warfighter readiness and affordability. This is based on output measures, such as weapon system availability and Operations and Support costs, rather than input measures, such as parts technical services.
The Secretary of Defense Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) Awards Program honors outstanding PBL performance in three categories: the System Level, the Sub-system Level and the Component Level. The System Level Award is named in honor of the late Gerald R. "Jerry" Beck who had a long distinguished career as a DoD Logistician. Mr. Beck was instrumental in establishing the PBL Program and helped initiate the annual awards program. The public and private winners in each category receive a plaque acknowledging their achievement. The permanent PBL award is on display in the Pentagon in the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense — Materiel Readiness spaces and commemorates the current and past winners.
Overall management of the Secretary of Defense PBL Awards Program is performed by the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Logistics and Materiel Readiness, in affiliation with the Defense Acquisition University and the Aerospace Industries Association.