Evaluating every U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command requirement is a challenging endeavor that requires a diverse skillset and a comprehensive understanding of how the many parts of AMCOM function as a whole.
The Requirements Integration Division (RID) was established in March 2019, with those very needs in mind when the Army Materiel Command (AMC) published its Shape the Fight operations order.
The RID was created to provide AMCOM with better oversight of the operational impacts associated with, all requirements. Requirements include requests for furniture, depot-level maintenance support for aviation/missile assets, and funding for deploying support teams around the globe. The review of these requirements allows the command to ensure that requirements are in line with AMCOM’s Lines of Effort, AMC’s priorities and, ultimately, the Army’s mission.
“The RID team’s combined knowledge base covers many areas, including: budget, analytics, aviation and missile operations, contracting, logistical support and many others,” said RID director, Col. Linn Desaulniers. “This expertise supports one of its principal missions, validating and prioritizing requirements in a manner that allows the AMCOM Commander to make informed resourcing decisions based on mission risk and impacts.”
Currently, one of the RID’s primary efforts is the AMCOM Requirements Validation and Prioritization Integrated Process Teams (IPT). The IPTs bring together subject matter experts (SMEs) from across AMCOM to discuss an organization’s requirements. The IPT process is robust and involves several steps, as well as plenty of communication. The RID conducts and average of two to four IPTs each week, with each IPT lasting two to three hours each. The IPT’s goals is to carry a requirement to the ultimate goal of “Command Validated.”
To summarize the IPT process, organizations upload each of their requirements into a single source of record, known as the Mission Requirements Management System (MRMS). From that point, the team focuses on ensuring that each individual requirement has a clear, well-defined description that captures what the true requirement is and how the requirement helps AMCOM complete its mission. Additionally, each requirement also includes a detailed impact statement that clearly lays out any potential negative impacts if a particular requirement is not funded. The team must evaluate numerous considerations, including legal obligations, safety impact and potential readiness impacts.
“This is a complicated, detailed process,” Desaulniers said. “The RID team knows that their greatest asset in this process is the relationships they have forged with the AMCOM Resource Management Division (G-8) and the plethora of subject matter experts throughout the command.”
The COVID-19 pandemic increased the difficulty of this process. However, just like countless other organizations within AMCOM, the RID team leveraged available technology to press on while most of the team is teleworking. AMCOM directorates and organizations have published more than 1,500 requirements in MRMS. The RID-led IPTs have vetted over 90% of them in the last few months.
“The real MVPs of the process are the subordinate AMCOM organizations,” Desaulniers said. “Bringing the subject matter experts to the IPTs has been invaluable. Not to mention, their willingness to spend the time explaining and defining their requirements over multiple sessions. All of their hard work and dedication has allowed this initial IPT process to be an overall success.”
The RID team continues to ensure AMCOM is investing money and other resources on the right priorities, as well as streamlining and aligning AMCOM’s mission requirements with those of AMC and the Army.