Army Prepositioned Stocks

Wednesday January 11, 2006

Army Prepositioned Stocks are protected, "go to war" assets that support the National Military Strategy by prepositioning critical war fighting stocks in strategic locations worldwide to reduce deployment response times.

APS consists of prepositioned unit sets of equipment, operational projects, and sustainment stocks. It also includes War Reserve Stocks for Allies in Korea, Thailand, and Israel. APS equipment is currently located in 12 countries in Southwest Asia, Far East, Europe and Afloat. There are four categories of APS equipment:
- Heavy Brigade Combat Team Unit configured sets
- Operational Projects
- Sustainment
- War Reserve Stocks for Allies

Operation Iraqi Freedom was the first test of APS in a contingency. APS assets allowed the Joint Force Commander in Kuwait to rapidly build combat power. Three brigades and supporting equipment located on ships near Kuwait and Qatar were handed off to the 3rd Infantry Division which led the advance to Baghdad.

A majority of the equipment used in theater today was provided out of APS stocks.

APS is operated and maintained by the Army Field Support Command , a Major Subordinate Command of the Army Materiel Command .


Own the Edge: DoD to restrict cell phone use on Military Bases

Defense Department installations have begun implementing new cell phone restrictions for drivers on military bases.

The new regulation, published in the Federal Register in April 2005, states that anyone driving a motor vehicle on a DoD installation cannot use a cell phone unless the vehicle is safely parked or the driver is using a hands-free device.

Many installations already have implemented the new restrictions, and the rest will implement the rules on their own schedule. There is no deadline for installations to implement the restrictions, but most will do so this year.

This regulation was developed based on information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which studied driving distractions as the cause of motor vehicle accidents.

Source:DoD to Restrict Cell Phone Use on Military Bases


  • Army exceeds recruiting goals in December (AT)
  • Army achieves December recruiting goal (Reuters)
  • Senior British officer criticizes U.S. Army (WP | EB)
  • Iraqi 'Cobra' battalion takes over FOB Bernstein (ARNEWS)
  • Army helps DNA scientists unravel Mozart mystery (ARNEWS)


  • President says turmoil to be expected in Iraq (WP | EB)
  • Problems with Iraqi police are addressed (WT | EB)
  • What should the U.S. do if Iraq deteriorates further? (CSM | EB)
  • President urges setting aside political, religious differences (MSNBC)
  • Six insurgents killed in Iraq, says U.S. Military (CNN)
  • Insurgent attacks taper off during Muslim holiday (NPR)
  • Report: 'Iraq war costs could top $2 trillion' (CSM)


  • Knight Ridder honored for stories on veterans' issues (MH)
  • Filmmaker tries to understand the pyschology behind hostage-taking in Iraq (Newsweek)
  • What information should reporters suppress? (SLATE)
  • Kidnapped American journalist still missing (ABC News)
  • Slate's Explainer: 'A Dangerous Pilgrimage' (NPR)
  • President says war critics 'give comfort to our adversaries' (FN)
  • Opinion: 'A lesson from Somalia' (WP)
  • Muslims' generosity turns into learning opportunity (HT)


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We need to break free of the gravitational pull of our current doctrine, future concepts and institutional biases. Have the guts to try when you think you know the right direction. These initial efforts should be based on professional judgment, not necessary fully developed studies, analysis, and formal processes. Look at the real need, not what we would like to plan for or what you think we can resource. Set the bar realistically high. Establish stretch objectives. Don't drive people; rather develop strategies that invite people to opportunity.
Source: Arnews article

Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker
Chief of Staff of the United States Army


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