Army Working Group held at JMC to synchronize ammunition requirements
April 18, 2014
By Tony Lopez
ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- The Joint Munitions Command's Munitions Logistics Readiness Center hosted a semiannual Total Army Ammunition Authorization and Allocation Committee working group meeting here, April 14-17.
Senior leaders from Department of the Army Headquarters co-chaired the four-day working group, which included personnel from JMC, the Program Executive Office for Ammunition and other Army commands, involved in the various aspects of managing ammunition.
The goal of the mission-critical working group was to synchronize ammunition requirements throughout the Army, based on operational and training requirements and supply availability. A total of 568 conventional ammunition items, ranging from small-caliber ammunition to large artillery rounds were reviewed.
Patricia Huber, JMC deputy to the commander, provided opening remarks and welcomed the working group attendees.
"This committee's efforts allow everyone to strategize ammunition requirements for the future. There are many challenges and they require discussion, but we work hard together to provide all the ammunition you need," said Huber.
The working group forum reduces the number of un-forecasted, execution-year requirements and allows for prioritization of all mission-critical requirements prior to mobilization training, as well as prioritizing overseas contingency operations' demands.
"Requirements and logistics representatives from all Army commands attended the working group, as well as representatives from PEO Ammunition. The primary purpose was to synchronize Army requirements and priorities with available and projected supply," said Susan Carlson, Department of the Army, Munitions Division Chief.
Approximately 135 ammunition managers attended the forum which allowed commands, worldwide, to meet for the dual purpose of both requesting authorizations and/or requesting allocations for conventional ammunition based on current and projected requirements and forecasted asset availability. In addition, functional ammunition experts attended to provide their expertise, receive guidance and to discuss current issues affecting the ammunition community.
In June 2006, the Total Army Ammunition Authorization and Allocation Committee working group was established by merging the Committee for Ammunition Logistics Support Conference and the Training Ammunition Authorization Conference. Each conference previously worked independently, but combining the working groups has led to a better distribution of assets and has increased the availability of ammunition for training.
"The Total Army Ammunition Authorization and Allocation Committee working group is the single Army body that brings together the expertise to address these types of requirements and stockpile readiness issues, many of which have the potential to negatively affect munitions readiness across the Army Munitions Enterprise, if not addressed in a timely manner," said Ann Scott, Department of Army, Army Munitions Management Office.
From its headquarters here, JMC operates a nationwide network of conventional ammunition manufacturing plants and storage depots, and provides on-site ammunition experts to U.S. combat units wherever they are stationed or deployed. JMC's customers are U.S. forces of all military services, and other U.S. government agencies, as well as allied nations.