Logistics Management Institute
|Industry||Management consulting services|
|Founded||October 3, 1961|
|Headquarters||Tysons Corner, Virginia, U.S.|
|David W. Zolet, President and CEO|
The Logistics Management Institute (more commonly referred to as LMI Government Consulting or LMI) is a not-for-profit consulting firm dedicated to improving the business of government, drawing from deep expertise in advanced analytics, digital services, logistics, and management advisory services. Founded in 1961, it is headquartered in Tysons, Virginia, near McLean, in the Greater Washington, D.C. area, with eight satellite offices located throughout the United States.
In September, 1961, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara sent a memorandum to President John F. Kennedy, recommending the creation of an independent organization which could provide logistics management services and related research to the federal government. With Kennedy's support, the Logistics Management Institute (LMI) was founded three weeks later on October 3, 1961. Initially based out of an office in The Pentagon; LMI consisted of under a dozen employees at its formation.
During the following year, LMI grew considerably, more than doubling its staff and relocating to a new office. Despite congressional interest in de-funding the organization during the early 1970s, LMI managed to remain solvent by expanding its market to include other government agencies, though it remained primarily focused on the servicing the Department of Defense.
Steady growth continued throughout the late 1970s and into the following decade. In 1984, LMI moved its headquarters to Bethesda, Maryland. The following year, Deputy Secretary of Defense William Howard Taft IV designated LMI as a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), precluding it from competing with profit-seeking firms. Significant growth, coupled with funding caps imposed by Congress on FFRDCs in the 1990s ,proved burdensome, however, and, in 1998, LMI was returned to its initial status as a not-for-profit.
In 2013, developers broke ground for "Tysons Overlook", an eleven-story office complex in Tysons Corner, Virginia, adjacent to the headquarters of Gannett/USA Today. As of 2014, LMI owns and occupies six floors within the facility, which houses its current headquarters.
Subsidiaries and Acquisitions
In 2004, LMI acquired The Bureaucrat, Inc., a non-profit organization that publishes The Public Manager, a quarterly journal covering public management issues, and, the following year, formed the LMI Research Institute, which conducts research for the organization, both internally and through academic partnerships with several research universities in the United States. In 2008, LMI purchased Jasmah Consulting, which was reorganized as the Intelligence Programs group within the organization's existing infrastructure. In 2019, LMI acquired The Tauri Group, a government contracting firm confronting national and homeland security challenges .
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