AMC gears up for BRAC-directed logistics consolidation
July 24, 2008
As a result of recommendations from the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission, the Defense Logistics Agency has been tasked to reconfigure their wholesale storage and distribution depots into a "hub-and-spoke" configuration by September 15, 2011.
BRAC 2005 also directed DLA to consolidate their supply, storage and distribution functions and associated inventories with those of the supporting military services' industrial activities, including maintenance depots and shipyards.
The Army Materiel Command is at the core of efforts to consolidate these logistics activities.
"The Army's goal is to leverage the BRAC-directed realignment of supply, storage and distribution functions at Army maintenance depots and co-located DLA forward distribution points to facilitate the development of a collaborative, integrated, "end-to-end" Army/DLA Supply Chain," said Ronald Lewis, AMC deputy G-3/5 for Enterprise Integration.
"In doing so, the Army will optimize the capabilities of the logistics modernization program enterprise resource plan, which incorporates the "best-of-breed" supply and industrial manufacturing business processes," said Lewis.
The net result of this consolidation will be a strengthened Army/DLA industrial base partnership that significantly enhances the warfighters' materiel readiness.
From weapons to vehicles and aircraft to computer systems, the trend is toward joint or enterprise systems with a goal of enhancing expeditionary force deployment and sustainment readiness while reducing excess capacity, and eliminating unnecessary redundancy.
The consolidation will impact three Army maintenance depots. The Anniston Army Depot, Corpus Christi Army Depot and Tobyhanna Army Depot with have their SS&D functions transferred to DLA. Details on how this recommendation will be accomplished are still being developed.
For the Army, this BRAC implementation will entail transfer to DLA of SS&D custodianship for, but not ownership of, inventory bought by the Army for use in depot maintenance missions. This means the Army will continue to purchase material needed for depot maintenance, but DLA will store and distribute such materials to maintenance sites as directed by Army maintenance depot production planners.
Civilian and contract workers will also be affected. One hundred and twenty-four government and 67 contractors will likely be transferred to DLA as part of the custodianship transfer.
All four services will work with DLA to ensure full implementation and compliance with the BRAC recommendation by September 15, 2011.
"The services will implement this BRAC Decision sequentially with Air Force making the first transition during the 2008 fiscal year, followed by Navy in late 2008 and 2009, the Marine Corps in 2009 and 2010, and Army in the 2010 and 2011 fiscal years," explained Lewis.
Lewis continued, "The Army will be last to implement since it is currently carrying the brunt of the ongoing Global War on Terrorism, and is in the process of converting their legacy maintenance depot automated management information systems to the Logistics Modernization Program Enterprise Resource Plan."
"Going last will also allow the Army to benefit from "lessons learned" during implementation at the other services," said Lewis.