By Kari HawkinsApril 1, 2019
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Recent Army realignments have positioned Army Materiel Command to lead logistics, sustainment and materiel capabilities in support of Multi-Domain Operations, said the command's deputy commander during the Association of the Army's Global Force Symposium and Exposition.
Speaking to defense leaders as part of a panel discussion on Operationalizing the Strategic Support Area in Support of Multi-Domain Operations, AMC's Lt. Gen. Ed Daly said actions taken by Department of the Army leadership created opportunities for AMC to enhance equipment and supply support at the strategic, operational and tactical levels. First, in the Planning, Programming, Budget and Execution process, Army Secretary Dr. Mark Esper and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley aligned funding directly to Army priorities and with AMC as the co-chair, and second, they added to AMC's installation and sustainment portfolios by realigning the Installation Management Command and the Medial Research and Materiel Command as major subordinate commands to AMC.
"We can now integrate and synchronize all sustainment capabilities to ensure operational readiness," Daly said. "We will continue to reform and anticipate further requirements as we support sustainment from the factory to the port to the foxhole."
Furthering on AMC commander Gen. Gus Perna's presentation at the symposium, Daly expounded on three of AMC's seven focus areas - Supply Availability and Equipment Readiness, Industrial Base Readiness and Strategic Power Projection Readiness.
"We are laser-focused on improving the number of brigade combat teams that are ready, and we have had an 11 percent overall increase in equipment readiness," Daly said. "We are getting better at forecasting, and we are increasing the breadth and strategic depth of repair parts."
In addition, supply availability has increased as a result of the additional $2 billion the Army is spending annually on secondary items and repair parts, he said, leading to a 17 to 20 percent increase in performance at the brigade combat team level.
The Army's Organic Industrial Base is also benefiting from reform as AMC continues to invest to bring its arsenals, depots and ammunition plants - most built during World War II - into the 21st century, Daly said.
WWII showed "the importance of surge capability," he said. "We are leveraging the power of the Organic Industrial Base and its workforce to drive the Army's modernization efforts."
Other participants in the panel included: Lt. Gen. Aundre Piggee, deputy chief of staff, Army G-4, who spoke on the importance of Supply Support Activities; Lt. Gen. Bradley Becker, commander, Installation Management Command, who spoke on installation, Soldier and family readiness; Alan Estevez, former principal deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics), who spoke on Army logistics; and W. Jordan Gillis, principal deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment), who spoke on the future of Army installations. Panel moderator was retired Lt. Gen. David Halverson.