ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- Dan Bradford, the new Army Materiel Command Chief Information Officer, held an Information Technology Senior Leader Summit in Huntsville the third week of June.

The event was attended by the AMC G6 Team and major subordinate command CIO senior leaders, to include the new Tank-automotive and Armaments Command CIO, Stephanie Tice.

As part of the event, Bradford chose to bring the attendees to Anniston Army Depot on June 21.

He wanted the team to observe how imbedded IT has become in industrial processes, since most attendees had never observed heavy industrial operations such as those performed here.

ANAD provides AMC with a good opportunity, due to its close proximity.

The team toured the Combat Vehicle Repair Facility, which allowed them to get an idea of the many programs that come through ANAD as well as what the disassembly and rebuild processes entail.

In the depot's Turbine Engine Shop, the team got their first real taste of how IT plays a critical role in the industrial process -- from downloading of work instructions to ordering parts.

The final tour stop included a brief on the Industrial Complex Integrated Information Tracker, also known as iCIIT. This locally built program initially began as a visual management tool in Depot Total Asset Visibility.

Local programmers from the depot's Directorate of Information Management have enhanced this tool, so ANAD can now prioritize work load in order of importance and it utilizes a locally built dashboard.

iCIIT is currently deployed to several buildings in the industrial area. It is expected to enhance the installation's cost savings.

Following the tour, the team attended a working lunch and DOIM brief, giving them an understanding of how critical the DOIMs are for daily operational functionality.

From reporting of time and attendance and labor and production to the movement of parts, telecommunications, cyber security, land mobile radio systems, the mail room, printing, computer help desk and field support, server management (both mission and baseline), local network administration, IT contract management and purchasing, fiber management, iPads and iPhones, etc., DOIM is an integral part of the installation's infrastructure.

Bradford serves as the command's principal, senior level advisor on the strategic direction, objectives and supervision of all issues in command, control, communications, computers and information management (C4IM).

Bradford is the single command-wide official involved in the execution, improved design, modernization, acquisition, use, sharing, performance and termination of information resources.

He has taken a keen interest in ANAD, particularly in our recent network issues.

He has addressed these issues up the chain of command to the Defense Information Systems Agency commanders and increased awareness of what downtime means to heavy industrial operations in loss of revenue as well as decreased readiness.

His recent and brief advocacy has already been instrumental in the improvement of our network and connectivity.

Other issues addressed at the leader summit consisted of Procurement Automated Data and Document System migrations, Risk Management Framework package renewals, a Joint Regional Security Stack/Fire Team to address network issues, cloud migrations, Army Contract Writing System vs. Legacy Sustainment, Windows 10 deployments and much more.

Overall I believe the visit was a great success and ANAD is fortunate to have the AMC team in our corner.

ANAD DOIM looks forward to a very productive relationship with our new AMC CIO and hopes to host future visits.

Special thanks to the command staff; Protocol and the directorates of Production, Production Management, Public Works and Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation for their support and help in this event.