ARLINGTON, Va., May 12, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Defense Industrial Association's (NDIA) Tactical Wheeled Vehicle (TWV) Division today announced the Industry and Government recipients of the 2017 Red Ball Express Award. This year's honorees are Dani Ziv, chief executive officer of Plasan Sasa, Ltd., and the Strategic Acquisition Programs Directorate of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Land and Maritime primary-level field activity.
NDIA presents the award annually to persons and government institutions that make significant contributions toward strengthening our national security through the introduction, support and development of tactical wheeled vehicles. This year the NDIA TWV division has begun awarding the Red Ball Express Award in two categories, Industry and Government.
Thanks to Mr. Ziv's leadership, Plasan Sasa provides the U.S. military with exceptional vehicle armor that has saved countless lives of American service members, and continues to protect them to this day.
Based in Israel, Plasan Sasa is an industry leader in incorporation of critical survivability technologies, which range from simple "add-on" armor to implementation of integrated survivability systems. Plasan Sasa's innovations include vehicular cabin, chassis and hull armor kits, which are protecting personnel and equipment on MaxxPro, MRAP (Mine Resistant and Ambush Protected) and M-ATV (all-terrain) vehicles.
Since its inception in 2010, DLA's Strategic Acquisition Programs Directorate (SAPD) has worked tirelessly to improve supply-chain operations and foster productive relationships with the industrial base.
The directorate showed its mettle in 2015, when it joined together with the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Ga., to define a clear DLA role in support of the MTVR system program. In less than a year, the joint effort resulted in transferal to SAPD of roughly 3,400 National Stock Number (NSNs) parts for the MTVR. In turn, SAPD also took on the ability to order those parts and provide them directly to the Marine Corps customers who need them; achieving a 10-percent cost reduction within the first year.
"We are pleased to present Mr. Ziv of Plasan Sasa and the DLA Land and Maritime Strategic Acquisition Programs Directorate with the 2017 Red Ball Express Award in the respective categories of Industry and Government," said Eddie I. Garcia, Chairman of NDIA Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Division. "These tremendous organizations have provided the leadership and can-do performance exemplifying the spirit of the Red Ball Express Award."
The formal Red Ball Express presentation to Mr. Ziv and DLA's Strategic Acquisition Programs Directorate will take place on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 5 p.m., during the 2017 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Va.
The latest conference agenda and registration information can be found here.
The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is America's leading defense industry association promoting national security. NDIA provides a legal and ethical forum for the exchange of information between industry and government on national security issues. NDIA and its members foster the development of the most innovative and superior equipment, as well as training and support for warfighters and first-responders, through its divisions, local chapters, affiliated associations and events.