A Glimpse From Above

A Glimpse From Above

OSD Logistics Fellows take on staff assignments and training in a collaborative learning program that allows participants to view the DOD enterprise logistics community from the highest level. by Mr. Bryan L. Jerkatis A friend and retired U.S. Air Force command chief often used an analogy with young troops to describe the differences between their worldviews and those of their leadership. “Your view of the ground [truth] depends upon the height of the branch in the tree upon which you are standing,” he would say. Similarly, the parable of “The Blind Men and the Elephant” teaches us that seeing only one side of something poses limitations. Both are also true […]

Life Saving Life Cycle Management

Life Saving Life Cycle Management

Central management of medical materiel keeps four fully stocked combat support hospitals at the ready. by Maj. Nikki L. Davis More than a dozen years of combat have offered many lessons learned for Army medicine. As a medical materiel life cycle manager, the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency (USAMMA) has learned that every equipping decision has to be both affordable—including life cycle logistics costs—and cost-effective in addressing the known capability gaps. Over-procurement of medical materiel to close a specific gap may reduce our ability to close other gaps and support today’s expeditionary Army. One way we achieve greater and sustainable medical readiness is through centralized management of high-value, high-volume materiel. […]

Integrating Army Medicine

Integrating Army Medicine

USAMMA finds efficiencies in medical materiel procurement, fielding and sustainment to reduce the logistical footprint and optimize readiness with limited resources. by Col. David R. Gibson In the Army, we often refer to combat and support capabilities as “the tooth” and “the tail.” We are constantly seeking ways to improve the ratio between the war­fighter and support elements, to maximize the amount of combat power we can project while minimizing the logistics tail. Fielding equipment and materiel that minimize the support and sustainment tail while increasing critical space required for early-entry combat operations increases force agility, adaptability and even lethality. Although we talk about tooth-to-tail to describe the ratio of […]

Lessons for the Long Haul

Lessons for the Long Haul

An urgent need leads to a quick off-the-shelf acquisition—a common story. PEO EIS adds two footnotes: Buy the data rights upfront, and get the original manufacturer to write the technical manual. If you end up relying on that quick purchase for years to come—not a far-fetched possibility in this budget environment—the costs of those two things will be justified by big savings. by Maj. Jonathan W. Judy and Ms. Ruby P. Hancock Army logisticians around the world depend on a worldwide satellite communications (SATCOM) system that was conceived as a quick fix, and consequently the Army jumped a few steps in the usual acquisition process to get it fielded. The […]

LMP Ensuring a Steady State of Army Readiness

LMP Ensuring a Steady State of Army Readiness

By Lt. Col. Robert Williams Today’s Army must maintain a steady state of readiness to respond to missions whenever—and wherever—they arise. Since 2003, the U.S. Army’s Logistics Modernization Program (LMP) has enabled the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s (AMC) readiness through improved business processes and advanced capabilities that track and manage production, maintenance, repair and overhaul orders at life-cycle management commands, depots, arsenals and ammunition plants. Through the expanded capabilities delivered by the recent implementation of LMP Increment 2, the system continues to support the Army’s overall readiness posture by ensuring that equipment is manufactured and repaired more quickly and cost effectively. What’s the LMP? The LMP is a powerful and […]

One-stop shop for storage and distro saves time, money

One-stop shop for storage and distro saves time, money

By Emily Tsambiras, Defense Logistics Agency Distribution, Office of Command Affairs FORT BELVOIR, Va. — The most efficient solution to a business problem isn’t always the most cost- effective. But when it comes to storage and distribution, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Distribution has discovered that performance-based logistics (PBL) provides the best value for the agency, its customers and its vendors. PBL relies on commercial industry to support and sustain materiel readiness, and focuses on outcomes rather than individual transactions. PBL contracts can motivate manufacturers to produce premium-quality products, saving customers money by reducing the number of necessary repairs, which also decreases parts and labor expenses, said Joe Faris, director of […]

DLA program yields benefits for small business, government

DLA program yields benefits for small business, government

By Beth Reece, Defense Logistics Agency Public Affairs FORT BELVOIR, Va. — The Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA) Office of Small Business Programs administers a unique program designed to assist small businesses as they navigate government contracting. The Procurement Technical Assistance Program was created in 1985 to provide specialized training and assistance to small businesses to help increase their participation in government contracts at local, state and federal levels, including DOD. Today there are Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) operating in Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and all 50 states. The centers provide small businesses a variety of services, from identifying contracting opportunities to providing guidance on the bidding process. The […]

Engineering Logistics

Engineering Logistics

AMRDEC cuts out the middleman and puts engineers next to logisticians to make strategic fix-or-buy decisions and keep warfighters’ equipment in good repair By Ms. Carlotta Maneice In 2008, the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center’s (AMRDEC) Engineering Directorate participated in a study with the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) and the Program Executive Offices (PEOs) for Aviation and Missiles and Space to identify ways to help give the warfighter the most reliable, sustainable and affordable weapon systems. One initiative resulting from this study was the AMRDEC Logistics Engineering Team in 2009. Logistics engineering is the intersection of sustainment, logistics and engineering, and our […]

‘Soldier, What Can Earwig Do for You?’

‘Soldier, What Can Earwig Do for You?’

Semiannual AERWG meetings help the Army adapt and evolve its force-equipping methodology in the face of a changing world and austere budgets By MG Robert M. “Bo” Dyess Jr. and Mr. David N. Lakin It’s pronounced “earwig,” like the bug, but if you’re a Soldier downrange, this earwig—AERWG, or the Army Equipping Reuse Working Group—can make the difference between having and not having the right equipment, at the right time, to accomplish your mission. AERWG is a semiannual, Armywide series of meetings held over three days where force managers, equippers and operators discuss and resolve the Army’s most pressing equipping issues. Hosted by Headquarters DA (HQDA) G-8, the Army Materiel […]

G-4: New logistics technology tool ‘game-changer’

G-4: New logistics technology tool ‘game-changer’

By David Vergun WASHINGTON (Army News Service, June 3, 2015) — Global Combat Support System-Army, or GCSS-Army, “is clearly the game-changer in logistics,” said Lt. Gen. Gustave F. Perna, announcing that the “second wave” of GCSS-Army, which launched in January, is in full swing. Perna, deputy chief of staff, G-4, delivered opening remarks for the Association of the United States Army’s Institute of Land Warfare-sponsored Hot Topics: “Strategic Sustainment for a Globally Responsive and Regionally Engaged Army.” GCSS-Army will increase better buying power, he said, as well as produce more timely, precise and effective information needed by the warfighter to move, track, maintain and account for equipment and supplies. Once […]