FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- The U.S. Army Material Command and U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command were honored for being exceptional examples of value engineering by SAVE International during a Congressional Education reception Sept. 17.

SAVE International is a professional society for value engineering, which is an effective methodology for reducing costs, increasing productivity, and improving quality.

"The Soldiers, airmen and Marines we support rely on the Army Materiel Command and the Materiel Enterprise to find ways to deliver our products and services cheaper and faster," said Christopher Neubert the AMC value engineering program manager.

AMC's life cycle management commands and major subordinate commands have achieved cost savings and avoidances in the amount of $5.50 billion in the last 10 years.

AMC provides formalized training and centralized management of VE data through the Value Engineering Management System which is used to document all AMC VE actions.

During fiscal year 2008, AMC implemented 254 in-house projects with a reported savings and avoidance of $848.1 million; another $4 million was realized through contractor-initiated Value Engineering Change Proposals totaling $852.1 million in savings and avoidances in fiscal year 2008.

VE savings and avoidances to date are $605.6 million with 153 Value Engineering Proposals and VECPs already implemented.

The AMCOM LCMC program completed 66 VE projects and achieved $206 million in VE savings and cost avoidance. The savings include $47 million in VE collaboration with the Missile Defense Agency, Communications and Electronic Command Life Cycle Management Command and Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command and other organizational elements in the local area.

Fifty-seven of the 66 completed VEPs were joint efforts involving two or more organizations and 15 of 25 different organizational elements made their internal assigned VE goals.

"Thanks to the hard work and dedication to those involved with value engineering across the AMC Community; warfighters are getting increased readiness, more reliability, and better value through the use of value engineering methods and practices," said Neubert.