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Army Modernization Strategy Released

Lieutenant General Robert P. Lennox, the Deputy Chief of Staff, G–8, Department of the Army, released the 2010 Army Modernization Strategy on 23 April. The modernization strategy strives to meet two key objectives established in the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review: rebalancing capabilities while building new ones to deal with future threats, and reforming institutions and processes to support the warfighter while ensuring taxpayer dollars are spent wisely. The strategy also serves as the blueprint for how the Army will achieve its goals for equipping the force in terms of versatility, tailorability, networking ability, and the fielding of capabilities on a rotational cycle.

Some of the Army modernization efforts outlined in the strategy include—

  • Replacing chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear protective equipment and reconnaissance capabilities. This includes updating the M93 series with a Stryker nuclear, biological, chemical reconnaissance variant and issuing the M50 joint service general purpose mask by 2012.
  • Replacing the fleet of M113 vehicles.
  • Divesting tactical wheeled vehicles (TWVs) over 20 years old and recapitalizing other TWVs.
  • Implementing the joint light tactical vehicle in fiscal year 2015.
  • Replacing outmoded and outdated water trailers with “Camel” technology (which has the ability
    to heat and cool its contents).
  • Implementing the Machine Foreign Language Translator System family of products by 2011, which would be used to overcome critical translator shortages and enable Soldiers, regardless of mission, to interact and be productive at low-level linguistic tasks and basic communication with a broader cross section of a local national population.

More information on modernization efforts can be found in the 2010 Modernization Strategy located on the Army G–8 website, www.g8.army.mil/.

Iraq Drawdown Is Key to Afghanistan Buildup

The drawdown in Iraq is in full swing, and as of April, the Army had moved 35 percent of the equip­ment and materiel slated for retrograde out of the country. More than half of the equipment leaving Iraq will go to Afghanistan, according to Lieutenant General William G. Webster, commander of the Third Army, who is overseeing the drawdown in Iraq and the buildup in Afghanistan. Modifications and repairs will be made at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, before the equipment is transferred—not only to upgrade equipment, but also to adapt the equipment to a new and different operational environment.

Equipment from Iraq that is not transferred for use in Afghanistan will be disposed of, reintegrated for additional Army use, or sold to foreign militaries. The Army Materiel Command and the Defense Logistics Agency are working with units in Iraq to determine the best and most cost-effective course of action concerning each piece of equipment slated to leave Iraq.

During a Department of Defense press conference on 2 April, Webster said that one example of how the Army is updating equipment for use in Afghanistan is the evolution of the mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle. He noted that the newly introduced MRAP all-terrain vehicle is better suited for the “rough terrain and terrible roads in Afghanistan” and is being shipped by air “at a rate of about 400 a month, and we plan to move that up to about 1,000 a month to get them into Afghanistan over the next couple of months.” The vehicles will replace up-armored high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles and larger MRAP vehicles currently in use.

Army Sustainment Application Now Available on iTunes

Army Sustainment now has an application (app) on iTunes. The free app gives readers access to the latest articles and will eventually provide the ability to submit live feedback to article content. In order to access the Army Sustainment app, you must have iTunes installed on your computer and then use iTunes to download the app to an iPhone, iPod, or iPad.

Readers interested in accessing the app can use this link: itunes.apple.com/app/army-sustainment-magazine/id369807203?mt=8. Anyone interested in finding out more about the upcoming sustainment apps can send an email to leeescoemobile@conus.army.mil, join SCoE [Sustainment Center of Excellence] Mobile on Facebook, or call (804) 765–1947.


Army Technology Live Is Free on iPhone

The Army Research, Development and Engineer­ing Command (ARDEC) has now made its technol­ogy blog, which was created last fall, available on the iPhone. A free application was launched 19 February, giving users access to Army technology news, social media, and job postings.

ARDEC plans to use the platform to inform the public about initiatives it is currently working on, to advance conver-sations about Army technologies, and to showcase the work of the Army technology team. The free iPhone application is available in the iTunes store. To visit Army Technology Live on the web, go to armytechnology.armylive.dodlive.mil.


Sustainment Center of Excellence Is Now on Facebook

The Army Combined Arms Support Command Sustainment Center of Excellence (SCoE), located at Fort Lee, Virginia, is now on Facebook. “SCoE Nation” offers news and links relevant to Fort Lee and to the Army sustainment community and features Facebook pages of other Army sustainment organizations, such as the Transportation Center and School, the Quartermaster Museum, and the Advanced Food Service Training Division of the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence. To visit the SCoE Facebook page, go to http://www.facebook.com/SCoECASCOM.


Army Budget for Fiscal Year 2011 to Target Rebalance Imperatives

President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for the Army was submitted to Congress on 1 February. The fiscal year (FY) 2011 budget request totals $245.643 billion, a $6.243 billion, or 2.61 percent, increase over FY 2010 spending. Over one half of that increase comes in the form of overseas contingency operations (OCO) funding. The President is asking $102.211 billion for OCO, an increase of $3.735 billion, or 3.789 percent, more than FY 2010 OCO spending. The President is also asking for a $143.432 billion base budget, an increase of $2.508 billion, or 1.78 percent, over the
FY 2010 base appropriation.

Spending requests by major category, including those for OCO, are—

  • Military personnel: $65.886 billion (an increase of 0.43 percent over FY 2010).
  • Operation and maintenance: $106.858 billion (7.02 percent above FY 2010 spending).
  • Procurement: $30.268 billion (down 0.79 percent).
  • Research, development, test, and evaluation: $10.484 billion (a decrease of 9.11 percent).
  • Military construction: $6.201 billion in FY 2011 (up 9.37 percent).
  • Family housing: $610 million in FY 2011 (down 23.46 percent).
  • Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Fund: $3.466 billion in FY 2011 (up 51.75 percent).

In FY 2011, the procurement request will support the acquisition of—

  • 49 UH–60M and 25 HH–60M Black Hawk helicopters with digitized cockpits and wide-chord blades for $1.391 billion.
  • 9,178 parachutes for $69.496 million, including 8,404 advanced tactical parachute systems, 385 joint precision airdrop systems, and 389 enhanced container delivery systems.
  • 207 systems from the mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle family, including 45 Buffalo
    mine-protected clearance vehicles, 111 Panther medium mine-protected vehicles, 47 vehicle-mounted mine-detection systems, and 4 route-clearance training simulators for a combined $367.678 million.
  • 55 line-haul trucks for $37.519 million.
  • Family of heavy tactical vehicles’ equipment, including 776 heavy expanded-mobility tactical trucks (HEMTTs), 105 heavy equipment transporter system (HETS) tractors, 292 palletized load system (PLS) trucks, 6,730 container roll-in/out platforms, 1,635 enhanced container handling units, and 2,689 movement tracking systems, totaling $738.418 million.
  • Recapitalization of 42 trucks and 1,347 trailers through the PLS extended service program for $100.108 million.
  • Recapitalization of 479 pieces of HEMTT equipment through the HEMTT Extended Service Program for $174.565 million.
  • 4,651 trucks and 1,341 trailers for the family of medium tactical vehicles for $1.435 billion.
  • Recapitalization of 9,270 high-mobility multipur­pose wheeled vehicles (HMMWVs) for $989.066 million.
  • 2,359 light tactical trailers for $25.560 million.
  • 41 rough-terrain container handlers for $34.022 million. These are required to fill critical shortages supporting the movement of a large number of containers from overseas ports through the theater distribution system and centers to forward support areas.
  • 100 lightweight water purifiers totaling $15.683 million. The portable water purifiers were developed for use during early entry, rapid tactical movement, and independent operations. They are capable of purifying 75 gallons per hour (GPH) from a saltwater source and 125 GPH from a freshwater source and are also HMMWV trans­portable.
  • 1,208 petroleum and water distribution systems for $230.174 million.
  • 22 Force Provider modules with 6 power generation kits, 6 cold weather kits, and 6 Force Provider Expeditionary Tricon sets for $303.139 million. Each deployable tent city provides support for 550 Soldiers and is fully containerized for rapid deployment. Most of the new equipment replaces battle losses and worn out systems in theater.
  • 412 field feeding systems, including 162 multitemperature refrigerated container systems, 78
    food sanitation centers, 59 containerized kitchens, and 113 assault kitchens, totaling $53.729 million.
  • 57 mobile integrated remains collection systems for $26.532 million.
  • 1,309 mobile maintenance equipment systems, including 270 forward repair systems, 820 shopequipment contact maintenance systems, 50 shop-equipment welding trailers, and 169 standard automotive tool sets for $200.683 million.
  • One joint high-speed vessel (JHSV) for $202.764 million. The Army is combining its JHSV program
    with that of the Navy, and the Navy will take the lead in further acquisition.

The Army has also requested $99.819 million toward continued efforts on the Single Army Logistics Enterprise system, which is aimed at integrating supply maintenance, ammunition supply, and personnel management data into a single system. The FY 2011 funding supports the acquisition and fielding of computers for life-cycle and transformation replacements for combat sustainment systems essential for day-to-day operations.

U.S. Army Europe Cooks Take Honors at 2010 Army Culinary Arts Competition

The 35th Army Culinary Arts Competition, held from 27 February to 12 March 2010 at Fort Lee, Virginia, was hosted by the newly established Joint Culinary Center of Excellence—a joint school for all Department of Defense cooks. The competition included more than 200 participants from across the services who vied for the top spots as the Installation of the Year, the Armed Forces Chef and
Junior Chef of the Year, and other food service honors.

U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) received Installation of the Year honors, ahead of Team Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and the third place winner, Team Coast Guard.

Staff Sergeant Joshua Spiess from Fort Monroe, Virginia, is the Armed Forces Chef of the Y ear for 2010, and Private First Class Antoinette Davison from Team USAREUR is the Armed Forces Junior Chef of the Year. USAREUR also received best team buffet table in show and four more individual awards—

  • Sergeant Ken Turman for best exhibit in show, cold platter.
  • Staff Sergeant Stevie Bronson for best exhibit in show, cold appetizers.
  • Specialist William Pelkey for best exhibit in show, patisserie/ confectionary.
  • Specialist William Pelkey for best in class, contemporary pastry.

Collective winners were Team Fort Monroe in the Field Cooking Competition, Team Fort Bliss, Texas, in the Student Team Skills Competition, and Team Fort Bragg in the Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl. Team Puerto Rico had the best ice carving in show, and Team Fort Hood, Texas, captured the judges’ special award, cold food table. Chief Petty Officer Derrick Davenport and Petty Officer First Class Michael Edwards, representing Team Navy, won the Nutritional Hot Food Challenge.

Receiving individual recognition were—

  • As the Army Senior Enlisted Aide of the Year, Sergeant First Class Sherra Jackson from Fort Myer, Virginia.
  • As the Army Junior Enlisted Aide of the Year, Staff Sergeant Jose Alves from Fort Lee.
  • For best in show, showpiece, Master Sergeant Mark Morgan from Fort Monroe.
  • For most artistic exhibit in show, Sergeant Trent Skinner from Team U.S. Army Reserve.
  • For best in class, contemporary cooking, Sergeant Billy Daugette from Team Pentagon and Sergeant Ashley Shei from Team Hawaii.

Along with the competition, tryouts were held for the U.S. Army Culinary Arts Team, which will participate in the World Culinary Cup in Luxembourg this November.

Lightweight Performance Hood Guards Against Disfiguring Injuries

The lightweight performance hood (LPH), first fielded to units last year, is made of a fire-resistant,
no-melt, no-drip material that can protect Soldiers’ heads and faces from flash and thermal threats that can cause severe burns. The hood replaces the combat vehicle crewman hood and the anti-flash hood. Two LPHs are being issued to each Soldier. The hood also minimizes heat stress in hot, dry climates and has limited heat retention in cool climates. It can be worn with the advanced combat helmet and is antimicrobial and anti-odor and uses moisture-wicking technology.

RECENTLY PUBLISHED

Field Manual (FM) 1–0, Human Resources Support, published in April 2010, is the Army’s basic source of doctrine for human resources (HR) support. The FM promotes a common understanding of HR support fundamentals and divides core HR functions into four HR core competencies:

  • Man the force, encompassing personnel readiness management, personnel accountability, strength reporting, retention operations, and personnel information management.
  • Provide HR services, which includes essential personnel services (including military pay transactions), postal operations, and casualty operations.
  • Coordinate personnel support, which includes the tasks that battalion S–1s and above are required to coordinate and band operations.
  • Conduct HR planning and operations, which includes HR command and control, HR staff operations, and establishing standing operating procedures and operation orders.

The FM also specifically addresses the organization structure standard requirements code 12 units and other elements that provide HR support and provides planning and management tools for HR rear detachment operations, theater opening and redeployment, casualty estimations, and civilian support.

FM 4–92, Contracting Support Brigade, published in February 2010, supersedes FM 100–10–2
and describes how contract support brigades (CSBs) and their subordinate elements—contingency contracting teams, senior contingency contracting teams, and contingency contracting battalions—are aligned to support the operational commander’s mission. CSBs are assigned to the Expeditionary Contracting Command, a recently established subordinate command of the Army Materiel Command. CSBs provide operational commanders with the specialized capabilities of operations contract support planning, integration, and contractor management to offer additional sustain­ment support capabilities, sustained operational momentum, and effective transition from combat to security and stability operations.

FM 4–94, Theater Sustainment Command, published in February 2010, is the first doctrinal update for this modular formation since 2003. The FM outlines effective command and control application and how the theater sustainment command (TSC) relates to combatant commands as part of the modular Army and modular logistics structure. The FM also provides a detailed outline of the many roles and responsibilities of units and individuals under the TSC structure.

 



UPCOMING EVENTS

Performance Based Logistics 2010
Performance Based Logistics 2010 will be held from 26 to 28 July at the Marriott Crystal Gateway in Arlington, Virginia. This year, the military logistics conference, sponsored by Worldwide Business Research, will focus on uncovering the issues and challenges of implementing the Weapons System Acquisition Reform Act. The event will also offer advice on achieving and maintaining the materiel readiness and operational capability of weapon systems, sub-systems, software, and support systems.

For more information or to register, visit the conference webpage at www.pblusa.com or call (636) 200–7530.

 
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