TRADOC commander commends AMC capabilities in support of future force
June 4, 2014
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (June 3, 2014) -- In his first visit to Army Materiel Command Headquarters, the commanding general of the Training and Doctrine Command expressed admiration for AMC's efforts as the Army shifts its focus to the future.
During a command overview, Gen. David G. Perkins told AMC Commander Gen. Dennis L. Via and other leaders that he was impressed with the way AMC provides for Soldiers, the joint warfighter and the nation. The overview highlighted AMC's support of Army priorities focusing on global alignment and the ability to deliver combat readiness; thoughtful stewardship of available resources; adapting and shaping for the future; and synchronizing innovation to support the future force.
"I know this is just the tip of the iceberg," said Gen. Perkins as he commended AMC's support of the Army as the foundation force for national defense. "People don't really understand the scope and scale of the logistical capabilities AMC provides for our nation."
Gen. Via noted the significance of the visit as a chance to share information and bolster the partnership between the two commands in support of the Chief of Staff of the Army's priorities.
"We want to be sure we're in sync with TRADOC for Force 2025 and Beyond," Gen. Via said. The Force 2025 and Beyond concept is an effort to determine and meet the needs of a future force considering three primary lines of effort including force employment, force design and science and technology and human performance optimization.
On the heels of a May 5 visit by Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno to AMC headquarters, Gen. Perkins' visit was an opportunity for leaders of two of the Army's top commands to better understand and grow the commands' relationship.
"With the Army's focus on the future, the two organizations who are in many ways more responsible for that future are TRADOC and AMC," Gen. Perkins said. "Our relationship is well founded and is only going to get better."
As both commands deal with reduced resources and new demands, Gen. Via said AMC, like TRADOC, is continuing to adapt and shape its organization going forward. "We are leveraging every tool in the toolkit," Gen. Via said as he discussed how AMC is addressing its reshaping efforts.
AMC leaders provided an overview and discussion of the Army's industrial base and its role going forward. Gen. Via said the challenge is in trying to balance capabilities between the Army and outside industry. "Some capabilities just have to be maintained internally," Gen. Via said, offering ammunition as an example. "We continue to make assessments."
Science and technology efforts took center stage as Gen. Via reminded the visiting general that AMC oversees 75 percent of the Army's S&T budget. "We need to ensure that we are spending in the right place," Gen. Via said.
Gen. Perkins ended his visit by thanking the staff and encouraged them to continue to think big thoughts in order to support an agile, adaptive force.
"This is a difficult time, but it's an exciting time," Gen. Perkins said. "As we work on whatever 2025 is going to be -- most of us won't be wearing a uniform then…but we'll be graded on this long after we've left."