Army Equipping and Reuse Conference
What is it?
The Army Equipping and Reuse Conference (AERC) is the mechanism that semi-annually synchronizes the modular design and the other details involved in equipping the total Army. Ensuring that Soldiers are properly equipped and trained for war is the Army’s number-one priority. This includes equipping the U.S. Northern Command, whose mission is to perform homeland security and homeland defense activities using the Army National Guard as the first military responder.
What is the Army doing?
AERCs are forums through which equippers and force developers from throughout the Army (Army commands, Army service component commands, and both reserve and active components) convene to discuss modular conversion plans, Army Force Generation prioritization, funding, production deliveries, reset rates, theater-provided equipment, and other essential factors to synchronize and deliver needed equipment to units and define mitigation strategies for addressing equipping shortfalls.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
A major AERC component is EQUIPFOR (EQ4)—an automated tool used to develop equipment distribution plans to support Army Transformation and the Program Objective Memorandum. EQ4, a component of the Army flow model, uses data from logistics integrated databases to give on-hand quantities to the Unit Identification Code level of detail and uses the Structure and Composition System (SACS, specifically the logistics SACS [LOGSACS]) to identify the equipment requirements over time for the Army. The Dynamic Army Resourcing Priority List establishes the G-3–approved Army priorities that the system synchronization officers then distribute.
Additionally, the AERC provides a forum to identify concerns regarding:
- Verifying and remaining aware of how and where Army equipment is being distributed
- Continuing to improve automation tools
- Assessing how well all available Army equipment is being used to fill equipment requirements based on Army priorities
- Assessing the quality of key data sources like the Logistics Integrated Warehouse (for on-hand data) and LOGSACS for equipment requirements
- Providing Army leadership with objective assessments of “special topics” currently relevant to the Army
AERC is also leveraged to answer any number of "What if?" questions. Using the expertise at the conference, the Army is able to investigate selected "Special Topics" in order to provide the Army's senior leaders with a range of equipping options.
Why is this important to the Army?
Knowing what equipment the Army has—and being able to determine its status and location—is critical to maintain a properly equipped Army. AERCs afford an opportunity to provide a “level playing field” for all Army equippers and to ensure that their Commanders have what they need, when they need it, in order to adequately train for and perform their missions. AERCs provide a balanced approach to Transformation, ensuring that our Soldiers and their Commanders receive the best possible support and capabilities as soon as we can provide them, now, and in the future.
The Army G-8’s Directorate of Integration serves as the AERC proponent. The G-8 home page provides ongoing updates on AERCs.