By Chantael BlanksJuly 23, 2018
Army Materiel Command's Resource Management and Comptroller G-8 Summit brought together professionals from across the command July 17-18.
The conference served as an opportunity for personnel to network, communicate the current state of their workforce, express concern on pressing topics and exchange best practice ideas.
Army Materiel Command's Deputy Chief of Staff for Resource Management Sue Goodyear emphasized the importance of open communication between headquarters, major subordinate commands and separate reporting activities. She encouraged input on ways to reform while sustaining priorities to maximize output for warfighters.
Goodyear told the enterprise professionals who attended that G-8 plays a critical role in maintaining the chief of staff's priorities of readiness and modernization. She also discussed reform initiatives and prompted leaders to challenge the status quo and rethink the bar by which decisions are measured.
While considering funding for various programs, Goodyear called on decision makers to ask themselves this question: Is this more important than sending an 18-year-old Soldier in a night time forward passage, through an obstacle under fire in a 50-year-old combat vehicle?
"The core mission of G-8 is to provide resources for Soldiers and to make sure everything is at the best value for taxpayers' dollars," Goodyear said.
Data analytics are a critical tool in the profession, Goodyear said as she challenged attendees to use analytics in order to better manage their workforce to improve workload.
"Sustaining readiness is where reform comes in," said Lisha Adams, AMC's executive deputy to the commanding general. "Working within the resources we have, we have to be able to do all the things we need to do."
Reducing requirements and costs, spending more efficiently and ensuring requirement providence are all ways to generate resources and maintain sustainment, Adams said.
Adams advised that Army Materiel Command can no longer continue the status quo or else there will not be enough funding to complete the mission. Instead, she challenged personnel to change the norm and to shift the focus to overall output.
"In order to maintain overmatch against near peer competition, we have to focus on the future and increase Army cross coordination," said Adams.