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The Army's Velocity Management Program transformed to the Army Distribution Management Program (ADM) on 1 January. After a long history of success in logistics process reengineering, the program now will alter direction and work hand-in-hand with emerging Logistics Transformation Working Group initiatives.

Led by Major General Terry E. Juskowiak, the Commander of the Army Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee, Virginia, the ADM program will implement the best business practices of Army logistics to maximize end-to-end logistics support from the national level through the last tactical mile. Like Office of the Secretary of Defense and Joint Staff distribution management efforts, ADM will expand its focus across various classes of supply. Initial efforts are underway in classes V (ammunition) and VIII (medical materiel). The ADM program will continue to refine logistics process improvements found in initiatives such as dollar cost banding and the equipment downtime analyzer.

The two main process improvement teams (PITs)--the Distribution PIT and Repair Cycle PIT--will remain the core elements of the ADM program. The Distribution PIT will focus on customer wait time, requisition wait time, backorders, and stockage improvements designed to raise productivity in supply support activities. The Repair Cycle PIT will continue to be integrated with the entire logistics process and focus on equipment readiness and order quality.

The Army's Supply Chain Integration Management Office in the Office of the Army's Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, will publish two new Army regulations (ARs) by the end of fiscal year 2003; they will be the first in a series under the general category of supply chain management. AR 711-1, Supply Chain Management, will introduce and describe the Army's supply chain management program and include policies and responsibilities. It will serve as the capstone regulation for other regulations to be developed in the supply chain management series.

AR 711-2, Army Distribution Management, will establish policies, responsibilities, procedures, and methodology for the ADM program and also will provide direction for Army leaders on how to enhance their supply, maintenance, and transportation support operations.

The Integrated Logistics Analysis Program (ILAP), version 6.0, will be the primary source for all ADM metrics. ILAP will incorporate both customer wait time and requisition wait time data in easy-to-use graphic interfaces designed for customer queries and pipeline analyses. The equipment downtime analyzer will collect maintenance and supply data for readiness analysis.

The Army Distribution Management Board of Directors will meet annually instead of semiannually, with the next meeting tentatively scheduled for August 2003. The ADM homepage,, has been redesigned graphically and functionally. It will continue to serve as a medium for disseminating information about ADM initiatives and the workings of PITs, process action teams, and related Department of the Army supply chain management committees and workgroups.
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Date:Mar 1, 2003
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