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Edition: Thu, June 26, 2008
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"The ability to see our property from an enterprise-wide perspective ensures that our Army can make the right decisions regarding acquisition, distribution, redistribution, and reset of equipment."

-Gen. Richard Cody, message dated 22 May 2008

TODAY'S FOCUS

Army New Equipment Accountability

What is it?

In an effort to increase the effectiveness of their property accountability enterprise, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) is migrating from a manual issue process to an automated one.

Why is this important?

The old method of issuing equipment using paper documentation caused an accountability "gap" between what was fielded and what was accountable on unit records because the final transaction relied upon a property book officer getting a paper issue document. This paper system worked well in a peacetime environment; however it proved less than effective in the complex wartime environments in the Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR).

What has the Army done?

Now the acquisition community is leveraging the Army's newest property accountability system, Property Book Unit Supply Enhanced (PBUSE). The PBUSE system is a web-based application that provides users with the capability to input, track, transfer and account for equipment on a central database. In moving to this process, the Army is leveraging automation to ensure equipment is both accountable and visible throughout the equipment's life-cycle. The use of PBUSE to field new equipment into Central Command was initially pioneered by PEO Soldier. It was subsequently used to field the mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles into theater. So far, thousands of MRAPS have been fielded with 100 percent of all vehicles and accountable ancillary equipment appearing on unit records.

How is the Army implementing this initiative?

PBUSE training for PEO/PM personnel is ongoing, with several hundred trained and over 700 personnel to be trained by mid-September 2008. Currently, only PEO/PM new equipment fieldings into the CENTCOM AOR are using PBUSE to issue equipment. Eventually, all PEO/PMs will use this system for all new equipment fieldings worldwide at both home stations and on deployment, thus insuring that our peacetime processes are identical to our wartime processes.

Resources:

Learn more about PBUSE:

PBUSE Web site

Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology's Web site

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