Mr. Jimmy D. Smith
The DASN (ELM) has three missions.
First, provide focus on Research, Development and Acquisition of systems which enable the combat effectiveness of operating forces in an expeditionary role. USMC programs include combat and amphibious vehicles, tactical wheeled vehicles, tanks, ground radars, command and control, body armor, small arms, munitions, artillery and military working dogs. Navy expeditionary programs include Improvised Explosive Device (IED) countermeasures, explosive ordnance disposal, biometrics and other Navy expeditionary systems. In addition, the DASN sets policy for the Department's marine mammals program.
Second, coordinate rapid acquisition activities for urgent needs across the Department of the Navy, including Joint Urgent Operational Needs (JUONs), USMC Urgent Universal Needs (UUNs) and Navy Urgent Operational Needs (UONs).
Third, ensure sustainability is built into program development and execution. Logistics represents approximately 72% of a program's lifecycle cost; therefore, ensuring a sound logistics support strategy is key to a program's success. Logistics Management is the process owner for the Department's Independent Logistics Assessment, a tool featuring third-party evaluation of the adequacy of a program's integrated product support to sustain operations. Combined with ongoing initiatives involving Performance Based Logistics, technical data and automated information technologies, LM works to reduce systems' total ownership costs while meeting performance specifications.