Army Materiel Command - 50 Years of Providing the Decisive Edge

Wednesday August 1, 2012

What is it?

On Aug. 1, 2012, the U.S. Army Materiel Command celebrates a half-century of service. From research and development to contracting, acquisition and manufacturing; from supply and distribution to sustainment and resale; from factory to foxhole and then back again, AMC touches every phase of the materiel life-cycle and is the Army's key player in support of the Department of Defense global supply chain. AMC has a presence in all 50 states and 144 countries, and is the single largest employer of civilians in the DoD.

Why is this important to the Army?

AMC has been a technology leader throughout its history, developing everything from rations and uniforms to body armor and weapon systems. In addition to producing ammunition, weapons and repair parts, our organic industrial base repairs, refurbishes, and overhauls every type of major weapon in the Army inventory. AMC has been a key player in every major U.S. military conflict. In the years following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, AMC sustained our nation's warfighters on two fronts in Iraq and Afghanistan, some of the most difficult logistics environments imaginable. AMC has emerged as a Global Logistics Command - quickly matching resources with the evolving requirements of our Army and our combatant commanders, engaging in actionable, predictive logistics that provide our warfighters the flexibility they need to conduct missions in an increasingly complex and uncertain environment.

What has the Army done?

In March 2011, the Secretary of the Army designated AMC Lead Materiel Integrator (LMI) for the Army's equipment requirements. A revolutionary approach to logistics, LMI allows AMC to provide comprehensive and responsive materiel management for our forces. Through LMI, we've been able to develop materiel distribution plans for units in Afghanistan in hours rather than the weeks or months it often took in the past. Because AMC is the center of gravity for the Army's global equipping mission, we can quickly match resources with the evolving requirements of our Army and our combatant commanders.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

Throughout its history, AMC has rapidly adapted to sustain our men and women in uniform while researching and developing the equipment needed to confront future conflicts. From conflicts to contingency actions, AMC has always responded with bold, adaptive and innovative efforts to equip, sustain, integrate and enable our warfighters with the decisive edge.


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