Sustaining the Force

What is it? Our success in future campaigns relies on a  a joint-capable logistics community that maintains domain-wide visibility over requirements, resources, and priorities; that anticipates and delivers capability with speed and precision to meet operational needs of the joint force commander; and that acts with unity of effort to plan and execute logistics across the joint operations area.

What has the Army done? Critical to the success of our Army Logistics Vision is the transformation of our Combat Service Support organizations to ones that are flexible, tailorable, and scalable. The Army has developed a new Joint-capable Concept of Support that will sustain our expeditionary and campaign-quality Army across the full spectrum of operations. It enables support to a non-linear, asymmetric, and non-contiguous battlefield. The Army has made huge strides in equipping and training our Soldiers so that every Solider can survive and support. Finally, we are fully prepared to operate seamlessly in a joint, interagency, and multinational environment. Not yet complete, but certainly under way, we continue to transform our logistics business by blueprinting our future processes to commercial best practices as part of the Single Army Logistics Enterprise. We are fielding logistics information technology and connectivity solutions, aligned with the Army's Integrated Logistics Architecture, that will give us end-to-end visibility, accountability, and capability to better anticipate operational needs.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? The Army will implement several critical initiatives in the next years, all focused on maintaining 360° view of logistics readiness. Critical to equipping our modular Army is our ability to know what we have, know where it is, and know what condition it's in. Modernizing our logistics automation systems will give us the tools to manage equipment through the entire Army--active and reserve components. The Army will continue to execute a logistics enterprise solution that connects our logisticians to further improve visibility over requirements, resources and priorities. We will enhance the readiness of the Operational Force through anticipating and delivering capability to meet operational needs. To better support a modular force, we will develop and implement an aggressive Logistics Automation Governance Plan that enhances logistics warfighting and business operations architecture and that retires outdated legacy systems. The Army will program and equip a balanced Combat Service Support (CSS) force structure to execute our streamlined, modular concept of support. We will synchronize Army Modular Force stationing decisions with Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) results and global stationing requirements. Our new tactical wheeled vehicle strategy will modernize our fleets and reduce operating costs. The Army will continue to develop a professional logistics work force trained to anticipate and deliver logistics readiness for current and future operations.

Why is this important to the Army? The Army's new concept of support is critical to building a campaign-quality force with joint and expeditionary capability. To sustain warfighters, logisticians must be able to anticipate and confirm operational requirements and then provide the right capabilities at the optimum place and time. To deliver capability, we will leverage our joint and strategic partners, provide reach-back capability to the National base, and enable unity of effort and command in a theater of operations. Supporting this concept is the accompanying fielding of materiel and technology solutions and organizational and educational changes to develop the "Pentathletes" of the future. This operational transformation, combined with our institutional business process transformation and policy innovation, provides the basis of the Army's logistics transformation.


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