AMC: Globally Engaged-Warfighter Focused

By Dunwoody, Ann E. | Army, October 2010 | Go to article overview

AMC: Globally Engaged-Warfighter Focused


Dunwoody, Ann E., Army


Army Materiel Command (AMC) enters the second decade of the 21st century as an organization that is fundamentally different from what it was just 10 years ago. Those not familiar with today's AMC might assume we remain a largely continental United States-based industrial command. Nothing could be further from the truth. Driven by nine years of war and the rapidly evolving needs of our warfighters, we have reformed, transformed and reinvented ourselves to sustain the fight we're in while preparing for the threats we face tomorrow.

The magnitude and diversity of AMCs global mission is truly remarkable, as are the advances we've made to meet the demands of a new era. A decade ago, AMC was an organization with 56,000 soldiers and Army civilians working in 42 states and approximately a dozen foreign countries with an annual budget of about $22 billion. Fast forward to today: AMC now has more than 67,000 soldiers and Army civilians and operates in 49 states and 127 countries. Moreover, with a $57 billion budget and more than $96 billion in contract obligations, AMC is also a big business. In fact, if we were a private company, AMC would rank 39th on today's Fortune 100 list.

AMC's transformation goes well beyond mere numbers. The past 10 years also brought substantial organizational changes across the command. Realigning from eight major subordinate commands (MSCs) in 2001 to 12 MSCs in 2010, we are more agile, flexible, integrated and better able to respond to warfighter requirements. For example, the former Operational Support Command was the foundation for the new Army Sustainment Command, our operational face to the field. This transformation also allowed AMC to create the Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command and its operational arm, the Joint Munitions Command; these two commands share responsibility for developing, producing, managing and distributing ammunition for training and combat. In 2005, the Army realigned the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command - responsible for management of global surface distribution - from U.S. Army Forces Command to AMC. Furthermore, to effectively manage chemical munitions storage, demilitarization and destruction, AMC formed the new Chemical Materials Agency from the former U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command. In 2008, AMC established the Army Contracting Command (ACC) to improve and integrate institutional and tactical contracting. Collectively, these organizational changes enhance the Army's capabilities by synchronizing responsibility for strategic logistics within AMC, a single worldwide command.

From researching and developing cutting-edge technologies to managing the Army's foreign military sales program critical to building the strategic capacity of our international partners, AMC affects the full spectrum of military operations. While our mission may be broad, we have only one priority - the warfighter. From Iraq to Afghanistan to Haiti and at deployed locations around the globe, if a soldier needs it, AMC provides it.

Achieving this level of rapid, flexible sustainment requires us to continually adapt and improve the way AMC does business. Whether through support to current operations, ongoing institutional adaptation, enhanced contracting support, effective workforce development programs or by maximizing Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) opportunities, AMC is building a resilient organization better equipped to sustain our future warfighters.

Sustaining Current Operations

There is no question that these are demanding times for the Army and that the cumulative effect of fighting two wars has taken its toll on our force. This is as true for our materiel and equipment as it is for our soldiers, civilians and families. From our field support, contracting and surface deployment and distribution brigades-many of which are forward-deployed - to our depots, arsenals and plants, AMCs current workload is three times greater than at the height of the Vietnam War. …

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