The fiscal year 2013 [budget] reflects some hard and difficult choices ... (nevertheless) the Army will remain the best-led, best-trained, best-equipped ground force in the world.
- Maj. Gen. Phillip E. McGhee, director, Army budget, in his briefing to reporters on President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2013 defense budget proposal at the Pentagon, Feb. 13, 2012.
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Army Materiel Command implements Lead Materiel Integrator
What is it?
The journey of transformational change to materiel management begins Feb. 15, 2012, when Army Materiel Command assumes the Lead Materiel Integrator (LMI) mission for the Army. LMI's mission is to synchronize the distribution and redistribution of materiel per Army priorities and directives.
The LMI approach heralds a new way of optimizing supply against demand by designating a single integrator to ensure Soldiers have the right equipment at the right time to accomplish their missions. LMI represents a powerful new approach of implementing the Army's equipping priorities, policies and programs to meet demands of the 21st century Army.
What has the Army done?
The Army Sustainment Command serves as the LMI executing agent and is the Army's single synchronization point, working with all stakeholders to source Army materiel requirements per Army priorities and directives. Employing its Distribution Management Center, Army Field Support Brigades and Directorates of Logistics, ASC will ensure the right materiel is provided in the right quantity and condition, delivered to the right place at the right time - whether in combat, training to go to combat, operating as part of the Army's generating force, or conducting Homeland Defense and Defense Support to Civil Authorities missions.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
LMI is the materiel management approach for the 21st century. LMI is not a quick fix it's a journey. It is not an event. Rather, LMI is the Army's transformational platform for change over time to improve efficiency and effectiveness of Army materiel management. The end state of the LMI approach is a fully integrated and synchronized materiel distribution and redistribution process at best value for our Army.
Why is this important to the Army?
As the Army operates in an environment of fiscal austerity the transformative nature of the LMI approach will allow the Army to realize significant cost savings, freeing precious resources that would otherwise be used to manage equipment. For the first time, the LMI will integrate the S (equipment on hand) and the R (maintenance availability) and will leverage state-of-the-art automation to establish one authority, one source of repair, one information system, all working together to provide visibility of every piece of equipment across the Army. A single integrator with visibility across the Army enterprise and throughout the lifecycle of equipment will produce better materiel readiness at the best value in support of the Army.
STAND-TO! : Army's Lead Materiel Integrator
Army Directive 2011-06: Designation of U.S. Army Materiel Command as the Army's Lead Materiel Integrator (PDF)
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