Army Prepositioned Stocks

Thursday March 16, 2006

What is it? The Army Prepositioned Stocks (APS) are combat-ready assets amassed in peacetime to meet the increase in military requirements at the outbreak of war. Strategically located on land and aboard ships around the world, these critical war fighting stocks aid rapid employment. APS remains set at the minimum level of stocks to sustain and equip the approved forces as outlined in the Defense Planning Guidance.

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

What has the Army done? 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 and Combat Support unit configured sets
- Operational Projects
- Sustainment
- War Reserve Stocks for Allies

Operation Iraqi Freedom was the first test of APS in high-intensity combat. APS assets enabled the Coalition Force Commander in Kuwait to rapidly build combat power by drawing on stocks in Kuwait and Qatar, as well as seaborne materiel delivered by the APS fleet. Three 3rd Infantry Division brigades were thus equipped for their lightning drive to Baghdad.

A majority of Army equipment used in Operation Iraqi Freedom today was provided from APS stocks.

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"The responsibility of the senior logistics people is to look across the country and the world and our prepositioned stocks and all the things we have and then see that the right pieces are in the right place at the right time."

Donald H. Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense

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