Stewardship, Innovation, and Accomplishments

Our goals are to be good stewards of the resources we are provided by Congress and to free human and financial resources for higher priority operational needs. Through the use of innovations such as Lean Six Sigma we are improving support to our people while reducing waste and inefficiencies. Integral to achieving our goals is the development of an Army-wide cost-management culture in which leaders better understand the full cost of the capabilities they use and provide and incorporate cost considerations into their planning and decision-making. This approach will enable us to achieve readiness and performance objectives more efficiently. Concurrently, we are strengthening our financial and management controls to improve contracting in expeditionary operations and ensure full compliance with the law and regulations.

Our goal to improve long-term sustainability will be achieved through effective stewardship of human, financial, and natural resources. Some examples of our ongoing initiatives include:

Our accomplishments over the past year further illustrate our commitment to improving efficiency and effectiveness throughout the Army.

Army Accomplishments

  • Initiated the Army Medical Action Plan to improve medical care for our Wounded Warriors
  • Initiated the Soldier Family Action Plan bringing to life the Army Family Covenant
  • Initiated Soldier Family Assistance Centers throughout the Army to provide a single point of entry for Families and Wounded Warriors for health-care and related issues
  • Recognized with the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige Award; the Army Armament, Research and Development Engineering Center is the only organization in the federal government to have received this honor
  • Recognized for world-class excellence in manufacturing, the Army Materiel Command’s depots and arsenals earned 12 Shingo public sector awards
  • Formed the Army Contracting Task Force to review current contracting operations and then immediately began implementing improvements
  • Converted approximately 10,000 military positions to civilian positions through the end of FY07
  • Privatized more than 4,000 homes, bringing the total to over 75,000 homes that are privately managed
  • Reduced energy consumption on our installations through FY07, achieving levels down 8.4 percent since 2003 and 28.9 percent since 1985
  • Reset 123,000 pieces of equipment, including 1,700 tracked vehicles, 15,000 wheeled vehicles, 550 aircraft, and 7,400 generators
  • Improved property accountability by providing Army wide visibility of 3.4 billion items valued in excess of $230 Billion
  • Destroyed over 15,000 tons of chemical agent contained in 1.8 million chemical munitions and containers
  • Moved 10 million square feet of unit cargo in support of the GWOT and humanitarian aid missions
  • Merged the Joint Network Node program into the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, resulting in better integration and cost savings
  • Began fielding Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles to units in Iraq
  • Established the Army Evaluation Task Force and fielded first ‘spin-outs’ from FCS
  • Developed the Automated Reset Management Tool to provide a collaborative integrated tool for equipment reset planning and execution of the Army Force Generation process
  • Increased the rigor in training new Soldiers by requiring graduates of basic training to be Combat Lifesaver certified
  • Fielded Human Terrain Teams to assist commanders in gaining objective knowledge of a population’s social groups, interests and beliefs
  • Employed National Guard Soldiers worldwide who aided in seizing nearly 4,000 vehicles, approximately a million pounds of marijuana, and roughly 600,000 pounds of cocaine

While we are proud of these accomplishments, we continue to identify and pursue additional ways to improve our stewardship, efficiency and effectiveness throughout the Army.