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Army G-4 Lean Six Sigma

What is it?  
The Army G-4 (Logistics) Lean Six Sigma program helps focus G-4 efforts on leading business innovations while delivering logistics readiness at the highest value to our Nation and the Army.

What has the Army done?  
We are committed to delivering logistics readiness at the highest value to our customers.  In 2006, we embarked on an aggressive campaign to train Lean Six Sigma principles and apply them to improving our high-value logistics processes. In 2007 we built on this training in our project execution, focusing on our highest priorities: equipment reset, retrograde and redistribution, requirements determination, financial accounting, in-transit visibility, and policy development.  The process improvements we are targeting will significantly improve our logistics readiness and ensure our limited resources are most effectively applied.

Substantial progress has been achieved in G-4 Lean Six Sigma training and project execution. Training successes are exemplified by the following:

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Most of the G-4 projects are directly tied to our responsibility as the lead for equipment reset in Army Force Generation. Already completed projects have improved the accuracy and timeliness of reporting Army equipment losses, reduced the cycle time for Class VII disposition instructions in the area of responsibility, and reduced the cycle time for second-destination transportation “stop shipment” waiver requests. In 2008 we will focus improvement efforts on logistics readiness and our retrograde process.

The remainder of our projects is focused on improving requirements determination and management of major program areas in the Sustain Program Execution Group that we lead. As the Army enterprise lead for Sustainment, we are sponsoring quarterly forums to share best practices for logistics process improvement across the Army.

Why is this important to the Army?  
Timely logistical support is critical in providing support for the Soldiers in our ongoing Global War on Terror and Army Transformation efforts.  Our Soldiers’ effectiveness depends upon a sustained but flexible national commitment to equip and support them properly.