ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- The depot has entered into a pilot program for diminishing manufacturing sources, material shortages and obsolescence parts management services with Sarai Services Group, Inc.

This is part of unceasing efforts, through strategic and innovative programs, to enhance Army operational support and mission readiness.

Through this partnership, ANAD will be able to locate sources for combat vehicle and weapon parts which are difficult to locate or which are no longer produced.

Sarai Services Group, Inc., a minority owned HUBZone Company based in Huntsville, Ala., is enrolled in the Department of Defense mentorship-protégé program.

One of the principle sub-contractors for the pilot program will be Crestwood Technology Group, which is headquartered in Yonkers, NY.

The program conforms to the directive of Gen. Gus Perna, the commanding general of Army Materiel Command, to support Army readiness and missions through innovative supply chain initiatives and programs.

"This pilot program is an unfunded requirements contract with a $700,000 ceiling. It was awarded for one base year with three one-year option periods, said Linda Carlston, the contracting officer managing this pilot program for Army Contracting Command-Warren at Anniston Army Depot.

Program Executive Offices and other depot customers are increasingly reliant on arsenal and depots to expedite Army mission support while controlling escalating program costs.

According to David Bunt, the director of Contracting for ACC-Warren at ANAD, this program will accomplish both requirements.

"Without the unwavering support of the small business professionals such as Nancy Small, director of the Office of Small Business Programs, U.S. Army Materiel Command -- Army Contracting Command; Marie Gapinski, the assistant director of the Office of Small Business Programs for Tank-automotive and Armaments Command LCMC; and Douglas Gerard, a procurement center representative for the Office of Government Contracting -- Area III, Marshall Space Flight Center, pilot programs such as this would never come to fruition," said Bunt.