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Army Power Projection Platform (AP3)

What is it?
The AP3 is the set of initiatives and strategic mobility enabling systems required to meet current and future force projection and deployment requirements. The goal of AP3 is to provide rapid, credible, and global response options within the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) context. The AP3’s objective is to analyze, prioritize, champion, and resource new strategic mobility initiatives to meet new challenges and unprecedented response timelines for full-spectrum operations. It is a living program that will be routinely updated to reflect requirements that emerge from on-going analyses and revisions in the national strategy. The AP3 is focused on:

  • Determining the accuracy/validity of force projection metrics and subsequently determining strategic air and sea lift requirements to support these metrics.
  • Managing resources to support power projection/power generation platforms and infrastructure improvements for efficient and effective deployment out-loading capability.
  • Managing the fielding of deployment automation systems such as Transportation Coordinator-Automated Information for Movement System II (TC AIMS II) and Cargo Management Operations System (CMOS) to facilitate movement of cargo from a port of discharge forward.
  • Improving the redeployment process to effectively support ARFORGEN.
  • Publishing the Army’s regulation for deployment/redeployment.
  • Providing continued support of future mobility concepts and feasibilities (such as Joint High Speed Ship and seabasing) in order to assess strategic mobility platforms as potential investments for future National Security Strategy requirements.
  • Participating in the Mobility Capabilities and Requirements Study 2016 (MCRS 16) to determine needed end-to-end mobility capabilities in order to support the Department of Defense’s Integrated Security Posture.

What has the Army done?
Through AP3 initiatives, the Army has successfully improved the deployment out-load capabilities at many installations, most notably Fort Carson, CO, Fort Riley, KS, and Fort Richardson, AK. To facilitate ammunition movements, additional projects have been completed at Blue Grass Army Depot, KY, and the Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point, NC. The fielding of TC AIMS II to Army units is on-going and is being tested to interface with CMOS. The deployment/redeployment regulation is complete and is pending publication.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army must be able to influence Joint strategic mobility programs and ensure its equities are addressed in study reviews that shape programmatic decisions. Active participation in the MCRS-16 study is critical because the results will drive the Army’s support for numerous initiatives such as future airlift fleet mix, the Joint Heavy Lift Program, future sealift capability, seabasing, and continued power projection/power generation platform improvements.

Why is this important to the Army?
The AP3 is the programmatic mechanism that is essential to the Army’s ability to articulate requirements for enhanced strategic mobility and distribution capability across the full spectrum of operations.

POC: LTC Kailon Dickens (703) 692-5926

 
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