In January 2006, the Deputy Secretary of Defense tasked the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics) to “…..design a new institution to exploit effectively our ‘Fifth Force Provider’, the private sector.”* Simultaneously, a series of Government Accounting Office (GAO) reports alleging mismanagement, abuse, and fraud culminated in Congress passing legislation in the National Defense Authorization Act mandating that DoD address contract support and contractor management on the battlefield.
In October 2006, the then Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Logistics and Materiel Readiness, DUSD (L&MR), established a new office — Program Support — to address these issues and establish a program management approach to operational-level contract support. Recognizing the issues with contract support, integration, and contractor management, the Department implemented significant policy and doctrinal changes. In 2007, the Department’s attention refocused on improving private security contractor policies, standards, and implementing compliance controls. The need for improved operational contract management and visibility of all defense contractors on the battlefield was reinforced, and interagency cooperation, coupled with preparation of the non-acquisition military community for contracting duties, became additional priority areas.


Operational Contract Support, Contingency Program Management and related Operational Logistics policies, instructions and regulations that are institutionalized at all levels in the DoD, and used by commanders, planners and other officials in ensuring efficient and effective use of all resources from requirements definition through all phases of an operation. >> READ MORE

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Program Support

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Program Support, Mr. Gary J. MotsekMr. Gary J. Motsek

Mr. Gary J. Motsek serves as the principal advisor to senior leaders within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) on matters pertaining to Operational Contract Support (OCS), contingency program management, policy, support to Geographic Combatant Commands (excluding TRANSCOM), and efforts to promote military effectiveness, interagency cooperation, efficiency, economy, and standardization. He is responsible for developing and maintaining a comprehensive policy framework and program support governing logistical and support operations, contractor planning, management and execution during combat, humanitarian, and disaster relief operations. He is also responsible for developing and publishing federal regulations regarding the use of Private Security Contractors (PSCs) in overseas operations. Mr. Motsek has performed these critical responsibilities since 2006.

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