Joint Munitions Command: On the Front Line with Every Servicemember

By Rogers, James E. | Army, November 2007 | Go to article overview

Joint Munitions Command: On the Front Line with Every Servicemember


Rogers, James E., Army


Supplying the U.S. armed forces with the right ammunition at the right place, at the right time, every time is not just a phrase or motto. For those of us who work for the Joint Munitions Command QMC), Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., it is the essence of what we do.

JMC, under the direction of the Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command (JM&L LCMC), has the responsibility of manufacturing, procuring, storing, issuing and demilitarizing conventional ammunition for U.S. military services, government agencies and allied nations as directed. We serve as the Department of Defense field operating agency for the single manager for conventional ammunition missions. These are missions and responsibilities that we take very seriously-lives depend on us.

As part of my job, I travel to our 19 ammunition plants and depots, listening to the workforce and observing how hard staffs work on the military's and the country's behalf. As Lt. Col. Jon R. Drushal, installation commander of the Radford, Va., Army Ammunition Plant, said, "It's very important for the workforce to know that what they're producing is very critical. It's being used in life-or-death situations."

From the headquarters, to the ammunition plants and depots, to the servicemembers at home and overseas, we stand ready to accomplish our mission of helping win our nation's wars.

We produce all types of ammunition, from 5.56 mm rifle rounds at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Missouri, to 2,000-pound bombs produced at McAlester Army Ammunition Plant in Oklahoma. JMC helps manage a $1.7 billion annual budget and is responsible for the readiness and logistics management of $29 billion in conventional munitions, as part of the JM&L LCMC.

Our mission begins with the needs of the warfighter on the ground. We must maintain a keen set of eyes and ears to our combatant commanders' requirements and deadlines. We work closely with all parties in the ammunition enterprise-the Army Materiel Command, located at Fort Belvoir, Va.; and the Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command, the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center and the Program Executive Office-Ammunition, all located at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. Our initiatives are invaluable.

Munitions Readiness Report

The Munitions Readiness Report (MRR) serves as a unit readiness report for each family of ammunition based upon production, quality and serviceability. MRR also projects readiness 24 months forward, which helps us provide all levels of leadership-critical decision-making analysis. We also provide the Army with a means to track effective use of the ammunition stockpile and maximize capabilities and cost-effectiveness of munitions production installations. We coordinate input from many agencies resulting in the MRR's ability to accurately measure Army worldwide capability in all significant munitions categories. One initiative within the MRR team is expansion of our assessment to reflect out-year requirements in addition to the current 24 months. All improvements are designed to give the Department of the Army better decision-making tools now and in the future. We have also successfully developed a Marine Corps version of the MRR and are working with the other services to enhance the capability to see all services' ammunition and evaluate their readiness based on defined metrics.

Centralized Ammunition Management

JMC developed the centralized ammunition management (CAM) system allowing for more efficient distribution of training ammunition to deploying and mobilizing units. CAM has assisted in the rapid and efficient deployment of ammunition to active, Reserve, National Guard and Joint forces. In one example, CAM met a short-notice requirement for deploying units and delivered all stocks in just under 48 hours.

More than 99 percent of all war and training shipments are on time. Specifically, CAM has supported the mobilization of more than 150,000 people at 30 sites. …

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