Commanders from the Army Materiel Command's 23 depots, arsenals and ammunition plants, known as the Organic Industrial Base, converged at AMC headquarters February 27-28, to shape the future of materiel development.

General Gus Perna, Commanding General of AMC, directed OIB commanders to focus on their core capabilities, improve efficiency, and provide leadership to enhance technical proficiency. "We have to do core work in our depots, arsenals and plants. Workload is not the right metric, it's about output," said Perna.

One sentiment shared by all participants, and highlighted by AMC's Executive Deputy to the Commanding General, Lisha Adams, was the need for consistent and predictable funding to execute on-time, efficient operations.

"It's all about making sure we are managing our resources properly. We are leading our way through this and addressing issues at the headquarters," said Adams, acknowledging the impact short-term funding bills have on the Organic Industrial Base.

OIB commanders held strategy sessions dedicated to production planning, the Logistics Modernization Program -- an Army enterprise resource planning tool, and carryover in conjunction with the Defense Logistics Agency and the Department of the Army's G-4 logistics directorate. While on Redstone Arsenal, the group toured the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center's Additive Manufacturing Facility.

Col. Ken Letcher, commander of Rock Island Arsenal's Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center, said the summit offered a chance to "level the bubble" with his peers, share best practices, and understand the issues facing brigade-level leaders.

Letcher also noted the unique opportunities inherent to visiting Redstone. "The opportunity to interact with the logistician community on Redstone at Aviation and Missile Command, the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center, and the Program Executive Offices is a true value-add to the OIB strategic summit."