Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pa. - Two Army organizations signed an innovative agreement here Sept. 16 to bring cutting-edge analysis tools to the task of cutting Army maintenance costs while making critical equipment more available for the warfighter.

The far-reaching agreement was signed by Tobyhanna Army Depot Commander Col. Ron Alberto and Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity Deputy Director Col. Kirk C. Benson.

Tobyhanna Army Depot performs critical repairs for a wide range of Army and Department of Defense Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence and Surveillance and Reconnaissance systems.

AMSAA is an element of the Research, Development and Engineering Command and a leading provider of independent analysis of logistics, systems and engineering within the Department of Defense.

Alberto said the agreement will allow the organizations to better serve Soldiers in the field.

"Our newly formed strategic partnership with AMSAA will provide Tobyhanna a vehicle to leverage the analytical strengths of AMSAA to enhance the overall effectiveness and quality of support we provide to our Warfighter," said Alberto.

Tobyhanna is looking forward to using AMSAA to round out the services the depot can offer its customers.

"Our partnership with AMSAA will augment our current engineering expertise to provide reliability analyses such as Physics of Failure and Reliability Modeling so we can collectively improve the overall reliability and effectiveness of our military equipment while reducing overall maintenance costs. We now have total organic (in-house) capability and provide a single source to our customers," said Jim Mangino director of Production Engineering.

Working closely together will be the key to the partnership, Benson said.

"As Tobyhanna Army Depot identifies new engineering opportunities, AMSAA will apply its core analysis competencies to identify processes or materiel solutions," he said.

That analysis will not only allow Tobyhanna to find new efficiencies, it will help the Army Materiel Command organizations better serve the entire Department of Defense.

"This initiative will further strengthen our organic capabilities within our Army Materiel Command allowing both organizations to fully capitalize and optimize manpower resources," Alberto said.

That optimization will lead to leaner, more effective materiel support, Benson said.

"The partnership will save the Army and Department of Defense in both the short and long term by providing higher equipment availability and also identifying fleet maintenance issues that will result in significant cost savings," Benson said.