Edition: Mon, December 19, 2005
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These are the men and women who selflessly serve this country. They answer the Call to Duty and protect and defend our democracy and preserve our freedom. They are the ones whose actions resulted in the liberation of 50 million people who were living under a very ruthless and barbaric regime.

Dr. Francis J. Harvey
Secretary of the United States Army


Army Equipping Conference 4.0 (AEC 4.0)

An essential component of the Army Campaign Plan (ACP) is the Army Equipping Strategy, a plan to use all sources of equipment and provide balanced fielding of the best available to the entire force to achieve operational readiness.

Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN), a readiness model, facilitates execution of this equipping strategy and maximizes use of constrained resources.

Another tool is the Army Equipping Conference (AEC), which provides opportunities to refine requirements and solutions for equipping the Army.

The most recent AEC, held 5-9 December at the Army Force Management School at Fort Belvoir and hosted by G-8 Force Development (FD) directorate, provided an opportunity to update the Army Equipping Strategy for more than 300 selected line items to be set in the near-term (FY 06/07).

Nearly 400 attendees representing combatant commands, ARSTAF and Army secretariat, MACOMs, and Reserve components.
Objectives were:

- Determine quantity of equipment necessary to execute the Army's modular growth to support ACP.
- Determine required dollar value associated with modular growth and resourcing efforts.
- Develop Equipment Distribution Plans to support Army Transformation for FY06/07.
- Plan for evolving requirements to build Theater Augmentation Sets and New Team Configurations for OIF/OEF in response to G-3 guidance.

A new AEC player is EQUIPFOR -- an automated tool that develops equipment distribution plans to support Army Transformation for FY06/07 and the POM. EQUIPFOR uses data from Logistics Integrated Databases to give on-hand quantities to UIC level of detail. The Army Flow Model provides data to EQUIPFOR to determine shortages throughout the Army. EQUIPFOR then uses the Dynamic Army Resourcing Priority List (DARPL) -- an automated ARPL -- to distribute equipment in accordance with G-3 priorities.

A key finding was that Equipment Fielding Plans depend on timely funding to meet key milestones for Deployers, Next Deployers and Transformers. Another was that ARFORGEN needs to be driven at UIC level of detail.
Some equipment shortfalls for transforming units will be addressed in 08-13 POM.