By Ms. Kari Hawkins (AMC)March 8, 2018
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- From Soldiers' boots to the weapons they shoot, a complex global supply chain stands behind America's fighting force.
For every training exercise and contingency, Army Materiel Command and the materiel enterprise ensures the right equipment gets to the right place at the right time. That is the importance of materiel readiness.
Along with AMC, the Department of the Army G-4, and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology make up the foundation of the Army's materiel enterprise.
Readiness has long been the Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley's top priority. Listing existing and emerging threats, Milley said the Army must have the ability to deal with materiel and readiness simultaneously.
"You cannot have Army readiness without materiel readiness," said Gen. Gus Perna, the Army's senior logistician and AMC's commanding general. "Soldiers cannot win on the battlefield without weapons to shoot, tanks to maneuver, food to eat and the logistics support to ensure those provisions are in place when they are needed."
Materiel readiness ensures the warfighter has access to the materiel necessary to fight and win the nation's wars. It encompasses everything from equipment maintenance on today's shop floor to researching future fighting technologies. In between, it includes warehousing supplies, transporting equipment and projecting America's fighting force around the globe. Materiel readiness is critical to the Army's ability to conduct decisive action operations.
Behind the scenes, Army logisticians with decades of lessons and experience work to synchronize and integrate today's technology.
"Fuel, water, ammunition -- these are computations our experts understand," Perna said. "Our logisticians combine the fundamentals of sustaining a land force with state-of-the-art tools to both see ourselves on a global scale and ensure wherever our troops are, they are ready to fight tonight."
Providing materiel readiness also requires a dependable distribution network of railways, ports and distribution centers. The Army's stateside and global distribution networks provide the Army a strategic and tactical advantage against threats, guaranteeing rapid movement of Soldier equipment from fort to port and onward to the battlefield.
Additionally, Army Materiel Command manages strategically located combat equipment sets, known as Army Prepositioned Stocks. Both ashore and afloat, Army Prepositioned Stocks provide Combatant Commanders a capability ready to respond to any threat or humanitarian crisis. The Army is actively upgrading equipment in prepositioned stocks to ensure Soldiers draw the most modern equipment, primed for response.
To prepare for the future battlefield, Army Materiel Command is building depth, breadth and speed into the Army's global supply chain to provide Soldiers with modern, lethal equipment.
Equipment modernization is also critical to achieving a mobile and lethal force.
"The Army is modernizing to enhance the fundamentals of our land force -- Soldiers' ability to shoot, move and communicate," said Perna. "Ultimately, our sons and daughters are putting their lives on the line in defense of our national security. The materiel enterprise ensures they deploy with confidence in their equipment."