ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- Today marks the beginning for the Lead Materiel Integrator, as Army Materiel Command assumes the LMI mission for the Army.

The LMI mission is to synchronize the distribution and redistribution of Army materiel, in relation to priorities and directives.

The LMI approach is the new way of optimizing supply against demand by designating a single integrator -- the Decision Support Tool - to ensure Soldiers have the right equipment, at the right time, to accomplish their missions. LMI represents a powerful new approach of implementing the Army's equipping priorities, policies and programs to meet new demands within the Army.

Army Sustainment Command, serving as LMI's executing agent, is now the Army's single synchronization point. This will mean working with all stakeholders to source Army materiel requirements. Through use of the Distribution Management Center, Army Field Support Brigades and Directorates of Logistics, ASC will ensure the right materiel is provided in the right quantity and condition and delivered to the right place, at the right time.

The LMI mission is not a one-time event, but rather an ongoing process that will continuously improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Army materiel management. The end state of the LMI approach is a fully integrated and synchronized materiel distribution and redistribution process at best value for the Army.

For the first time, LMI will integrate equipment that is on hand with maintenance availability. This will also leverage state-of-the-art automation to establish one authority, one source of repair and one information system, all working together to provide visibility of every piece of equipment across the Army.