Army Lieutenant General Darrell K. Williams served as the director of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) from May 1, 2017 until his retirement on August 21, 2020. Williams had previously worked at DLA from September 2010 to July 2012, and worked various roles relating to logistics in the Army before returning to DLA. The DLA manages the global supply chain for the U.S. military, and provides $42 billion in goods and services each year, according to their website. As the head of the Defense Logistics Agency, Williams “managed [the agency’s] $38B combat support operations, nine supply chains and more than 25K personnel. His oversight included 25 global distribution hubs supporting the national defense stockpile.” While serving as the director of DLA, Williams pushed for “stronger industry partnerships” in his strategic plan.
In fiscal year 2019, Leidos received $43.4 million in federal contracts from the Defense Logistics Agency. In its 2019 annual report, Leidos described the importance of hiring well-connected senior management to its business model: “personal reputations and individual business relationships are a critical element of retaining and obtaining customer contracts in our industry, particularly with agencies performing classified operations.”
“In fiscal year 2019, Leidos received $43.4 million in federal contracts from the Defense Logistics Agency.”