DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. — “As TACOM goes, so goes the United States Army,” Gen. Ed Daly, Army Materiel Command’s commanding general, told an audience of the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command’s Integrated Logistics Support Center team members August 2 during a mission brief at Detroit Arsenal.
“You’re responsible for seventy percent of the weapons systems in a brigade combat team — the teams that are really the center of gravity for the United States Army,” Daly said. “You are worth your weight in gold.”
AMC and its major subordinate commands — including TACOM — are in the process of standardizing and streamlining the way it manages the Army supply chain through an initiative called Supply Chain Optimization. During the mission brief, Daly explained how the effort seeks to improve effectiveness by ensuring supply chain management is both data-driven and efficient. This will better align the workforce with best practices, while keeping the uniqueness of each command intact.
“So many times we put initiatives together because there’s a problem. That’s not the case when we talk about Supply Chain Optimization,” he said.
Future requirements required structural and procedural refinement. Daly noted increased readiness demand, budgetary issues and the need to sustain second and third-tier vendors while increasing efficiencies as forces driving the need to refine the supply availability and sustainment process.
“We’re entering into a period of transition for Supply Chain Optimization increases that will carry us well into the 21st century,” he said. “We’ve got to help you get to the future so that, in the future, you and the people who are going to be sitting in your seats ten to fifteen years from now, are better than the corporate sector and can say, ‘we do it better.’”
The command will have an overarching system and process in place that is standardized among TACOM, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command and U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command. Position descriptions will be standardized across the field to better align the workforce with best practices, while keeping the uniqueness of each command intact.
The general broke the process down into a design stage, a prepare stage and a transform stage, each having specific milestones, key decisions, actions and deliverables. The key tasks will consist of standardizing supply chain processes and business practices, standardizing roles and responsibilities, providing process and functional training to the workforce, establishing AMC oversight of those processes and setting supply chain priorities at the AMC and Life Cycle Management Command levels.
Daly stated that the goal is to have a revised organizational structure “locked in” by Feb. 3, 2023, with a further date of March 31, 2023, to be fully operational.
Supply Chain Optimization will ultimately help the command support the Army with highly responsive processes that are data enabled. Training and resources will be provided to supply chain management experts to support this goal
“What’s not reflected in this process is the level of training and certification that we’re going to give you, not just internal to the Army, but in partnership with academia,” he said.
Daly ended the mission brief by thanking the workforce and reiterating that leadership will empower and resource them.
“I want to thank you for the fantastic work you do each and every day. It’s not lost on me, it’s not lost on the Army’s senior leaders, and it’s certainly not lost on the Army writ large,” Daly said.