Army Sustainment May - June 2014

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The Impact of Enterprise Resource Planning Systems on Army Sustainment

Enterprise resource planning systems improve equipment management, parts and supply ordering, and financial accountability while providing visibility of equipment in the supply pipeline. Download this article.

Features

Global Combat Support System–Army: A Dynamic Readiness Tool for Mission Command

Implementing GCSS–Army requires a completely new mindset for all involved in sustainment, beginning with leaders. Preparing to integrate GCSS–Army into sustainment operations requires specific training and planning to ensure success. Download this article.

Commentary

Train as We Fight: Using Sustainment Vehicles for Convoy Protection

Brigade support battalions should be using authorized equipment to protect their convoys in training to prepare for future deployments. Download this article.

Commentary

Mission Command Logistics: The Starfish and the Spider

In this article, the authors applaud the mission command philosophy but also caution that the mission command approach is not always appropriate. Download this article.

ToolsImproving Materiel Fielding on the Korean Peninsula

Improving Materiel Fielding on the Korean Peninsula

The 8th Army G-3/5 section’s force integration working group rectified fielding accountability issues that stemmed from high personnel turnover. Download this article.

ToolsBUILDER: Condition-Based Maintenance for Facilities

BUILDER: Condition-Based Maintenance for Facilities

Condition-based maintenance can provide prognostic building “health” information for a facility manager to forecast maintenance and repairs. Download this article.

Tools

The Visibility of Integrated Tactical Logistics Project

The Logistics Innovation Agency is working to enhance the speed and accuracy of bulk fuel reporting by automating it through an initiative called the Visibility of Integrated Tactical Logistics (VITaL). Download this article.

ToolsA Repair Versus Replace Maintenance Culture

A Repair Versus Replace Maintenance Culture

The harsh budgetary environment led the 25th Brigade Support Battalion to change how it conducts maintenance, ultimately saving millions of dollars. Download this article.

History Getting There Was the Battle: Part II

Getting There Was the Battle: Part II

This historical assessment of the U.S. deployment in Operation Joint Endeavor is continued from the March-April 2014 issue. Download this article.

FeaturesImproving Tactical Cost Forecasting to Optimize Readiness

Improving Tactical Cost Forecasting to Optimize Readiness

What obstacles exist to forecasting tactical costs, and how can the Army optimize readiness in an environment of fiscal uncertainty? Download this article.

FeaturesLeveraging Information for a Competitive Advantage

Sustainment for the Army of 2020

The Combined Arms Support Command proposed a new division-aligned force structure to provide sustainment capabilities from echelons above brigade using combat sustainment support battalions. Download this article.

FeaturesLeveraging Information for a Competitive Advantage

Leveraging Information for a Competitive Advantage

The Army must implement a strategy for effectively analyzing its data and providing key decision-makers with the information needed to make well-informed decisions in a rapidly changing environment. Download this article.

FeaturesSeparating Resource Management From Finance Operations

Separating Resource Management From Finance Operations

In this article, the author describes the positions and functions that are part of the financial management structure. Download this article.

OperationsEstablishing the Afghanistan Transportation Network

Establishing the Afghanistan Transportation Network

Using local tribal elders as an integral part of the Afghanistan Transportation Network helps ensure its success. Download this article.

Training and EducationSupporting Task Force Lift

Supporting Task Force Lift

The forward support company of a general support aviation battalion deploying to the Joint Readiness Training Center found itself performing functions normally conducted by higher echelon units. Download this article.

Training and EducationLogistics Simulations for Battle Staff Training

Logistics Simulations for Battle Staff Training

The Battle Command Sustainment Support System allows sustainment Soldiers to gain experience in supporting the fight without going to the field to train. Download this article.

Training and Education

Sustainment Synchronization: Key to Supporting Operational Units

An observer-coach/trainer from the Joint Readiness Training Center explains some of the common areas that cause units to fall short in sustaining operational units. Download this article.

Training and EducationForward Support Company Operations in Separate Units

Forward Support Company Operations in Separate Units

Forward support company structures and operations vary depending on the supported unit. Download this article.

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May-June 2014

ASM May June 2014

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Pfc. Kinney Fields takes a final exam using the Global Combat Support System (GCSS)–Army during advanced individual training at Fort Lee, Va., April 24, 2014. GCSS–Army training has been implemented in initial-entry training and professional military education to ensure units have a robust knowledge base before they receive the system. (Photo by Fred W. Baker III)


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