By Miles BrownApril 18, 2019
With hundreds of U.S. Army Aviation professionals on hand, Bill Marriott, the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command's Executive Director, detailed the command's initiatives to reform, reshape and refocus to support multi-domain operations to an audience at the Army Aviation Association of America summit.
This year's AAAA summit, held April 14-16, is an annual event where thousands from the entire Army Aviation community come together to network for "Solutions for the Warfighter."
Before he could jump into the initiatives intended to lead AMCOM into the future, Marriott discussed some of the most pressing challenges the command is facing, such as better communicating AMCOM's contract requirements, limited manufacturing capabilities and supply chain risks.
"The current level of fragility within our supply chain is unacceptable and is the number one concern I have moving forward," Marriott said. "We must fix this for our Army, but it is not something we can do alone. It will take all Army Aviation stakeholders working together [to fix this issue]."
The Executive Director also spoke about the current initiatives that will shape AMCOM to meet the needs of multi-domain operations. He started by quoting Winston Churchill, "I have no fear of the future. Let us go forward into its mysteries, let us tear aside the veils which hide it from our eyes and let us move onward with confidence and courage."
Marriott went on to explain in multi-domain operations, forces generate combat power through the Strategic Support Area.
"Simply said, this is where our Army's military might is generated, and this is where Army Materiel Command and AMCOM are focused," said Marriott.
"We know that multi-domain war will be defined by an enemy who will challenge our ability to maintain freedom of maneuver and superiority across the air, cyberspace, land, maritime and space domains, and the electromagnetic spectrum.
"When our Nation calls upon the Army to fight and win its next war, the operational environment will be unlike the circumstances of our recent experiences," he said.
The Executive Director went on to cover the command's seven core competencies: Support to Acquisition, Sustainment Logistics, Field Maintenance, Calibration, Security Assistance, Contracting and Engineering support. He tied AMCOM's core competencies to AMC's seven focus areas that will drive outputs across AMC in support of multi-domain operations.
"Ultimately, to meet multi-domain operational requirements, we are committed to improving our output to the Army through each of the strategic support focus areas. To do so, we must first reform our core competencies to adapt to multi-domain operating concepts and the expected expeditionary requirements of tomorrow," explained Marriott.
Expanding on the focus areas, Marriott described how AMCOM is fully nested with AMC.
"[AMC Commander, Gen. Gus] Perna will absolutely measure the progress of our initiatives and hold us accountable to get the job done," added Marriott. "We must have a healthy, modern and viable industrial base; a secure, strong supply chain; and the ability to get the right part and equipment to our Soldiers when and where they need them.
"To meet the challenges of sustaining multi-domain operations, AMCOM will reform our business processes, reshape the command and focus our investments," Marriott said. "It is our mission to provide aviation and missile systems to our Army at the point of need. We are proud to have this mission and we work hard every day to support our Soldiers," Marriott said.