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The Materiel Enterprise - Materiel Solutions for our Soldiers

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"The fact of the matter is: you are not going to be capable of taking care of anybody else, including your families, unless you take care of yourselves first. There are no medals for those who suffer the most burnout, and just as you need to be your number-one priority, I want you to know families are our number-one priorities."

- Sheila L. Casey, wife of chief of staff of the Army, mirrored the Army's commitment to Soldiers and their families, as Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston signed a family covenant at the Association of the U.S. Army's annual meeting

Army reaffirms Family Covenant

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Year of the Noncommissioned Officer

"If we were a civilian company, we would rival a Fortune 100 company. You gotta know we are saving lives on the battlefield."

- Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Mellinger, speaking Army Materiel Command's role in developing new innovations as well as working on advancements in war technology and their effects on Soldiers

Mellinger says AMC technology saving lives

CALENDAR

2009 Commemorations :

Year of the NCO

Year of the Military Family

100th Anniversary of the Chaplain Assistant

October 2009

Army Domestic Abuse Prevention/Awareness Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Depression Education and Awareness Month
Energy Awareness Month


Sept. 15 - Oct. 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month

Oct. 5- 7: Association of the United States Army Exposition

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Army Professional Writing

TODAY'S FOCUS

The Materiel Enterprise - Materiel Solutions for our Soldiers

What is the Materiel Enterprise?

The Materiel Enterprise (ME) is one of the Army's four core enterprises and is responsible for materiel management from concept to combat. The ME brings together all of the organizations and stakeholders involved in providing materiel solutions for our Soldiers. It incorporates all the materiel life cycle functions to include research, development, acquisition, testing, distribution, supply, maintenance, industrial base operations and disposal. The goal is to provide Army leadership with information and analysis to enable them to make sound decisions. The ME leaders, the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ALT), Mr. Dean G. Popps, and the commanding general, U.S. Army Materiel Command, Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody have moved out to adopt an enterprise approach.

Why is it important to the Army?

At the strategic level, the ME must deliver and sustain equipment readiness. Additionally, we must synchronize our efforts with the other core enterprises so that we protect Soldier dwell time and contribute to preserving the all volunteer force. At the operational level, the ME provides the most effective and sustainable equipment for Soldiers and units at the right place and at the right time.

How does the Materiel Enterprise operate?

The ME is all about communication, cooperation and collaboration. The intent is to achieve transparency across the entire organization - its people, processes, capabilities and components. The ME established two forums that allow stakeholders to collaborate on materiel lifecycle efforts. The Materiel Enterprise Executive Forum is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for the ME. The Materiel Enterprise Collaboration Council is responsible for the integration of functions across the enterprise and synchronizing ME efforts with the other core enterprises.

What is the Materiel Enterprise doing?

The ME launched several initiatives that provide the necessary visibility to develop effective and efficient solutions. Examples include the Materiel Enterprise Portal (MEP) - an ASA(ALT)-AMC collaborative effort to forge materiel and logistics solutions to meet the immediate needs of warfighters in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the launching of Portfolio Reviews, an effort that allows us to gain a common operating picture of Program Executive Office (PEO) and Life Cycle Management Commands' areas of responsibilities and product lines.

What's ahead?

Through the improved communication and collaboration that the ME brings, we will ensure innovative, effective, efficient and sustainable equipment to provide our warfighters with the decisive edge.

Resources:

Army Materiel Command Web site

Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army/ALT

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