By Tony Lopez (JMC)December 7, 2018
ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- The Joint Munitions Command headquarters hosted the Conventional Ammunition Program Objective Memorandum budget review with Department of the Army senior leaders, here, December 4 and 6.
Brig. Gen. Michelle Letcher, JMC Commander, welcomed attendees and asked them to review ammo products managed by JMC to best synchronize the Army's future requirements and ensure global readiness.
Letcher emphasized the goal of the annual ammunition program review and how it is critical to evaluate the budget resources to ensure ammo requirements are met. "The work you do today will help with those key decision points," she said.
Letcher noted that planning for future ammunition requirements is an important aspect of the Army's readiness. "I believe we can ensure readiness with our efforts today," she said.
The two-day program review was chaired by Bobby Ransom, Headquarters, Department of the Army, G-8 office, Munitions Branch, Logistics Division, Force Development Directorate.
The task of the annual budget review was to perform a line-by-line perspective of approximately 495 ammunition assets versus requirements worksheets, to build the program objective memorandum, by predicting the funds needed for fiscal years 2021 to 2025.
Attendees included senior leaders and subject matter experts from Department of the Army's G3/4/8 staff; Army Materiel Command staff; Army Budget Office; Joint Program Executive Office Armaments and Ammunition personnel; Program Managers of Close Combat Systems; Product Director of Joint Products; Combat Ammunition Systems representatives; Maneuver Ammunition Systems; and, JMC requirements planning teams.
The review was hosted by Dan Brown, Director of JMC's Demand Planning and the Requirements Planning Division staff. The review is the forum for the Joint Munitions Command inventory managers and PEO ammo product managers to present current inventory requirements and emerging considerations to support the Total Army Munitions requirements.
"The ammunition portfolio review provides the Army G-8 and our strategic partners in the ammunition enterprise an opportunity to ensure the Army's conventional ammunition program investment strategy remains aligned to support a balanced, rotational-focused, and surge-ready force while adjusting programs to the current fiscal environment," said Ransom.
The importance of each participant's input during the review provided assistance in the decision making process as Department of the Army G-8 prepares to align funding with the Army G-3 office for approved Total Army Munitions requirements. The funding supports requirements for the Army, which also includes warfighting reserve, and ammunition for training and test requirements. The review brought all of the senior leaders and program managers together in one room to develop the solutions to provide readiness with declining ammunition enterprise funding.
In addition, information such as the ammunition stockpile status, potential effects on inventory, supplemental funding, foreign military sales and industrial base concerns were addressed to determine the best possible decisions to support program funding requests.
JMC produces small-, medium- and large-caliber ammunition items for the Department of Defense. JMC is the logistics integrator for life-cycle management of ammunition and provides a global presence of technical support to U.S. combat units wherever they are stationed or deployed. JMC's vision is to provide lethality that wins. The primary mission of JMC is to provide the Joint Force with ready, reliable and lethal munitions at the speed of war to sustain global readiness.