"We want to be responsive to their concerns, both medical and quality of life, and we're going to move out smartly on that. We worry when Soldiers think we are ignoring them. We want to correct that."-Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Kevin C. Kiley said during a Feb. 22 news conference at the Mologne House at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
2007 Army Posture Statement - Enhance Army Logistics
Our logistics focus is on 360-degree readiness, completing the transformation effort, and funding and fielding logistics automation. Building and sustaining combat power is paramount to the Army's success.
While the Global War on Terrorism remains our top priority, we must also prepare for the Army's next challenge. Success requires a transformation of the Army's structure and equipment while simultaneously conducting global operations. Over five years of combat operations have taken a toll on Army equipment. The Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) process identifies equipment requirements and permits a complete corporate view of equipment readiness. The reset program enables us to meet those requirements and quickly restore unit capability. Congress provided funding to continue this restoration process this year. The Army's Retrograde program also allows us to account for and redistribute millions of dollars in excess equipment to meet war fight requirements.
We are building the force by ensuring Logistics Transformation keeps pace with Army Transformation. The Army is providing commanders with transformed logistics organizations embedded in their formations for more responsive support. Additionally, logistics headquarters are joint capable and provide singular theater-wide logistics command and control. Finally, in order to improve home station and wartime accountability, we are developing and implementing an aggressive Logistics Automation Governance plan that enhances fielding modern logistics warfighting and business automation architecture and retires legacy systems in support of a modular force.
Our Soldiers and their equipment are deployed in more than 80 countries and must be sustained by our logistics systems. A continuous 360-degree view of the readiness of units and equipment is essential to ensure combat effectiveness. The Army implemented the ARFORGEN process to provide Combatant Commanders the forces needed to conduct operations. Shortages still exist throughout the force. Units must wait to receive their full authorizations at strategically programmed points within the ARFORGEN cycle. Reset operations are designed to replace, repair, and modernize equipment and posture units for the next fight. The funding support Congress provided for FY 2007 helps the Army begin the reset process. Similar funding is required for a minimum of two to three years beyond the duration of the current conflict. We must also use retrograde equipment sourced from European unit re-structuring. We cannot properly forecast and schedule resources to meet future requirements if we do not know the location and status of the assets we own.
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