Secretary of the Army (SecArmy) John McHugh has designated the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) as the Army’s Lead Materiel Integrator (LMI), which changes how the operational Army will receive its equipment in the future.
With McHugh’s designation of an LMI in his March 22 memorandum, the Army will standardize the process of providing materiel to the warfighter that once was managed by multiple organizations, databases, and people.[image align=”left” caption=”SecArmy John McHugh has designated AMC as the Army’s Lead Materiel Integrator. Here, McHugh speaks to cadets at Lee Chapel on the campus of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, May 3. (U.S. Army photo by Forrest Berkshire, U.S. Army Cadet Command.)” linkto=”/web/wp-content/uploads/SOA_JPG.1.jpg” linktype=”image”]”/web/wp-content/uploads/SOA_JPG.1.jpg” height=”167″ width=”246″[/image]
“The Army’s new approach for managing materiel is being designed to effectively and efficiently distribute and redistribute materiel to support the generation of trained and ready forces,” McHugh said in the memorandum. “It must represent a different way of doing business that will foster open communication, improve collaboration, and eliminate redundancies in the process.”
This LMI designation allows AMC to develop a single authoritative materiel data repository for the Army through an initiative called the Logistics Information Warehouse, said GEN Ann E. Dunwoody, AMC Commanding General, during a recent town hall meeting.
Previously, warfighters needed to coordinate with multiple Army organizations to determine how to fill equipment shortages.
With its designation as LMI, AMC is now the one point of contact for all materiel through the U.S. Army Sustainment Command (ASC), a subordinate command of AMC. ASC will be the Army’s single materiel readiness synchronization point, receiving materiel requirements from the Army and employing its Distribution Management Center, Army Field Support Brigades, and Directorates of Logistics.
The benefits of the LMI designation include total asset visibility and transparency, predictive analysis, elimination of redundant capabilities across the Army, and integration and synchronization of multiple efforts, enabling AMC to manage materiel at best value for the entire Army.
“This is probably one of the most transformational adaptations we have had at the institutional level that is really going to impact ARFORGEN [Army Force Generation] and our ability to sustain and equip forces,” Dunwoody said.
Article courtesy of AMC Public Affairs.