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Army Force Generation dominates discussion at AUSA meeting.

Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) was a key topic in the discussions concerning modular unit readiness at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting and exposition, held 6 to 8 October in Washington, D.C.

During the session on "Enterprise Logistics," Lieutenant General Ann E. Dunwoody, deputy commanding general of the Army Materiel Command (AMC), said that AMC has two key missions driving it in regards to ARFORGEN: providing support that is more effective to operational units and meeting the imperatives given by the Chief of Staff of the Army, General George Casey, to sustain, prepare, reset, and transform the force.

To accomplish these missions, AMC has three Army field support brigades in the theater involved in equipment distribution and reset. A pilot program is allowing units to turn in equipment for reset before returning home. This reduces the turn-around time on equipment repair and redistribution and protects the short time Soldiers have at home before they have to prepare for additional deployments. Lieutenant General Dunwoody said that Army depot realignments have also bolstered repair capacity within the AMC, improving capabilities threefold.

Lieutenant General Stephen M. Speakes, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, Department of the Army, said that more changes are needed to keep up with the high operating tempo of today's environment. New equipment production has not caught up with growth in the Army. Deployed unit equipment levels exceed modification table of organization and equipment requirements for certain items, and funding for resets continues to come in the form of supplemental funds.

Lieutenant General Mitchell H. Stevenson, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, Department of the Army, agreed. "We have enjoyed supplemental funding throughout this war, and we know that we are going to continue to need to get supplemental funding, but at some time that supplemental funding is going to be less than it is today." Lieutenant General Stevenson said those in the logistics community will have to understand how to configure budget requests in a way that Congress will accept. "That is very much on our minds and the subject of how we build the POM [Program Objective Memorandum]."

Lieutenant General Speakes said funding would need to continue "for as long as Soldiers are deployed plus 2 to 3 years." Other important goals include fully equipping units that will aid in homeland security and hazardous response missions stateside, finishing the "Grow the Army" initiative, and funding future force initiatives to turn them into current force realities.

Brigadier General Rodney Anderson, Director of Force Management under the Deputy Chief Staff, G-3/5/7, Department of the Army, who was previously deployed to Afghanistan with the 82d Airborne Division, addressed challenges of ARFORGEN that he observed first hand. "First, we must continue to mature the network and the strategy of supporting units forward by essentially a network of logisticians linked to the industrial base. We've got to continue expanding the lessons and integrating other aspects of ARFORGEN ... We've got to bring manning into the ARFORGEN cycle and mature the manning to the same level that the equipping is today." Brigadier General Anderson said that we must also build sustainment capacity in coalition and national forces that we support. Lastly, he noted that streamlining and automating property accountability, especially at the company, battery, and troop levels, is "something that would go a long way in maintaining good visibility and be of great assistance to local leaders."

Lieutenant General Stevenson observed that ARFORGEN readiness has improved with changes in accountability, saying that strategic partnerships with the Defense Logistics Agency and the U.S. Transportation Command have shortened the time it takes to reset equipment. He said properly positioning stocks will also continue to reduce transportation costs.
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Title Annotation:ALOG NEWS; Association of the United States Army
Publication:Army Logistician
Article Type:Conference notes
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2009
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