Without planning, modernization within an organization can be hard to accomplish. Maj. Gen. Darren Werner, commanding general U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, explained that part of the planning was to come up with a vision to help the organization better achieve its goals.
This was one of the main topics of discussion at TACOM’s Depot and Arsenal Commanders’ Forum at the Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, Oct. 26-28.
Col. Jack Kredo, commander Red River Army Depot, explained that they are on track with aligning their modernization efforts with the Army’s and Army Materiel Command’s priorities.
“We are prioritizing technology so that we can start making it work for us,” said Kredo. “Once we have the backbone to our infrastructure, we can start effectively using technology to help in our modernization efforts.”
Several of the priorities that RRAD is looking at employing are a warehouse management system that will enable them to control more of their destiny moving forward and a look at new approaches in personnel recruitment to employ individuals who are properly trained on new technologies.
“As we begin to understand where technology is going, I want to have the capability to hire more qualified people [for those technologies] so we can right-size our workforce,” said Kredo.
Werner encouraged the commanders to use their ability to influence and help shape their modernization plan over time and use their networking capabilities within the TACOM team to help them make their plans work.
“Make modernization adjustments every year and it will make the overall process easier,” said Werner.