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Army Equipping Guidance 2013 through 2016

Wednesday July 10, 2013

What is it?

The Army Equipping Guidance 2013 through 2016 is the Army’s multi-year guidance, providing direction for Army components, major commands, and units for allocating and distributing equipment.

What has the Army done?

The purpose of the Army Equipping Guidance (AEG) is to ensure the Army gets the right equipment to the right units, on the right installations, at the least possible cost. The AEG lays out three lines of effort:

Equip Units for their Missions

  • • Prioritize 2013 through 2014, units deploying to Afghanistan, the global - response force, forward deployed units, and low density/high demand units.
  • • Transition 2014 through 2016, to the Future Force Generation model supporting regionally aligned and mission tailored forces
  • • Meet critical dual-use equipment needs and equip organizations that train Soldiers

Increase Readiness by Redistributing Equipment

  • • Implement Lead Material Integrator through the use of the Decision Support Tool
  • • Be innovative with retrograde; aggressively cross-level at the lowest levels to increase readiness
  • • Increase transparency of reserve equipment payback and fieldings

Save Money

  • • Minimize transportation costs
  • • Ensure 100 percent visibility and accountability, and divest to reduce access
  • • Establish accurate authorization documents

Equipping to ARFORGEN is the main line of effort. Unit based equipping provides increased levels of equipment to rotational units based on their ARFORGEN phase, critical equipping points and assigned mission. It also equips non-rotational units and ensures the reserve components have the MTOE authorized equipment they need to support Homeland Defense and Defense of Civilian Authorities responsibilities.

What efforts does the Army have in the future?

The Army is transitioning its equipping guidance from one that solely met the requirements of fighting two wars the last decade to new guidance that supports the Future Force Generation model.

Why is this important to the Army?

The underlying foundation of this guidance is to identify and minimize equipment risks and costs as we transition from Afghanistan through sequestration towards regionally aligned and mission tailored forces. It is critical to get this right as failure will impact the equipment readiness of Army units in future years.


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