Army Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Request
Reflects Fiscally Constrained Environment
President Barack Obama submitted his proposed
budget for the Army to Congress on 13 February. The
fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget request totals $184.64 billion,
a 14.51-percent decrease from the FY 2012 budget
request. The FY 2013 base budget request is $134.588
billion, 7.1 percent less than the FY 2012 request, and
the overseas contingency operations (OCO) funding
request for FY 2013 is $50.052 billion, a decrease of
29.61 percent from FY 2012.
Spending requests by major category are—
- Military personnel: $63.301 (very close to the FY
- Operation and maintenance: $76.008 billion (15.35 percent less than the FY 2012 request)
- Procurement: $19.649 billion (19.28 percent less).
- Research, development, test, and evaluation: $8.949 billion (a decrease of 7.68 percent).
- Military construction: $2.843 billion (down 33.73 percent from the FY 2012 request).
- Family housing: $535 million (down 21.55 percent from the request for the previous fiscal year).
- Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Fund: $1.902 billion (down 32.05 percent).
- Chemical demilitarization: $1.453 billion (down 10.86 percent).
- Afghan Security Forces Fund: $5.749 billion (down 55.09 percent).
The procurement request for FY 2013 includes
funding for the acquisition of—
- 59 UH–60M Black Hawk helicopters for $1.222 billion.
- 44 CH–47 Chinook helicopters, including 25 new and 19 rebuilt helicopters, for $1.391 billion.
- The upgrade of 2,224 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles for $1.055 billion.
- 441 items in the family of heavy tactical vehicles, including 103 light equipment transporters (LETs), 8 heavy expanded-mobility tactical truck (HEMTT) load handling systems (LHSs), 327 enhanced container handling units, 2 M978 tankers, and 1 M984A4 wrecker, totaling $54.983 million. (This is a 91.85 percent decrease in the request for heavy tactical vehicle procurement from FY 2012.)
- 1,298 trucks and 99 trailers in the family of medium tactical vehicles for $374.362 million.
- Recapitalization of 2,128 up-armored high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles for $271 million.
- 211 petroleum and water distribution systems for $38.385 million.
- 1 Force Provider module for $39.7 million.
- 228 field-feeding systems, including 149 M65801 refrigerated container systems and 79 assault kitchens, for $27.417 million.
Department of Defense Funds Army-Led Programs to Improve Battlefield Energy Security
On 31 January 2012, the Department of Defense
announced the release of $18 million to fund military
programs aimed at reducing energy demands of future
expeditionary outposts. More than half of the money
for the Operational Energy Capabilities Improvement
Fund Program is going to three Army-led projects.
The Innovative Cooling Equipment (ICE) Development/Demonstration Program, led by the Army
Communications-Electronics Research, Development,
and Engineering Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground,
Maryland, is receiving $2.5 million this fiscal year.
The project focuses on implementing advances in
thermodynamic cycles, electronics and digital controls,
components, and waste-heat recovery to reduce the
electric loads of heating and air-conditioning systems
on the battlefield and, in turn, fuel consumption and
fuel convoys on the battlefield.
Advanced, Energy Efficient Shelter Systems for Contingency Basing and Other Applications, led by the Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and
Engineering Center at Natick, Massachusetts, will
receive $5.997 million to develop and demonstrate the
next generation of energy-efficient shelters. The goal
is to demonstrate and transition to shelter systems that
will reduce heating and cooling requirements by 50
percent, while providing improved capabilities and
Operation Enduring Freedom Energy Initiative Proving Ground, led by the Army Research, Development
and Engineering Command's Field Assistance
in Science and Technology Center at Bagram Airfield,
Afghanistan, will receive $1.425 million. The program
is designed to establish a baseline for energy and fuel
use in expeditionary operations in Afghanistan and to
evaluate the benefit of energy-related technologies,
such as improved heating and air-conditioning units,
quality of life.
insulating tent liners, solar tent shades, and hybrid
Army Leaders Unveil 2012 Posture Statement
Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Army
Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno presented the
Army's 2012 Posture Statement to Congress on 17 February
2012. A Statement on the Posture of the United
States Army 2012 lays out the priorities and guiding
principles for the upcoming year.
This year's focus is on a force
that is "smaller but reversible" as
well as fiscally responsible and
energy efficient. According to
the Army Posture Statement, the
Army "must avoid the historical
pattern of drawing down too fast
or risk losing leadership and capabilities,
making it much harder to
expand again when needed."
The posture statement says
that the Army's operational focus
remains on Afghanistan, but the
country's geography, distance,
infrastructure, and harsh environment
will make a drawdown
from Afghanistan more difficult
and complex than the drawdown
from Iraq was. According to the
statement, the Army will require
reset funding 2 to 3 years after the
drawdown from Afghanistan is
Along with funds needed for
reset, the posture statement notes
that the infantry fighting vehicle
has reached the limit of its capacity
to receive critical upgrades.
As a replacement, the Army is pursuing its ground combat vehicle (GCV) strategy
over a 7-year period. The posture statement notes that
the Army has reduced risk within the GVC program by
requiring industry to identify potential cost, schedule
and performance tradeoffs, and cost targets throughout
the GCV's life cycle. The Army has also worked to
maximize competition within the program to support
innovation, cost containment, and schedule requirements.
The Army will also be pursuing the joint light tactical
vehicle (JLTV) program this year with a goal of replacing
one-third of its high-mobility multipurpose wheeled
vehicles. The posture statement notes, "The JLTV balances
protection, payload, performance and improved
One initiative guiding fiscal responsibility efforts
is the Army Financial Improvement Plan, which is
designed to enable the Army to be fully auditable by
fiscal year 2017. Another is acquisition reform. The Army has made changes in four broad areas by—
- Realigning acquisition requirements and placing more focus on the needs and competencies of acquisition professionals.
- Expanding stakeholder participation in acquisition requirements, planning, and solicitation.
- Streamlining acquisition strategies and reappraising the risk associated with this streamlining
- Improving the selection, development, and accountability of those involved in the acquisition process.
Energy efficiency is also helping to save money
directly and indirectly. According to the posture statement,
the Army will continue to invest in energy saving
technologies that are "key to saving lives and increasing
the Army's flexibility by reducing costs" for both
garrison and deployed environments.
U.S. Army Reserve Vessel Supports
Operation Enduring Freedom
The U.S. Army Vessel began a yearlong
deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in January. is part of the 824th Transportation Company,
a U.S. Army Reserve unit from Morehead City, North Carolina. The
174-foot-long watercraft has a crew of 17 Soldiers and a mission
to carry materiel throughout the Persian Gulf during its deployment. (Photo by CPL Jeffrey Daniel)
First Stryker Maintainers Class
Graduates From Army Ordnance School
On 16 February 2012, 20 Soldiers graduated from
advanced individual training at the Army Ordnance
School at Fort Lee, Virginia, to become the Army's
first military occupational specialty (MOS) 91S Stryker
During the 17-week course, MOS 91S Soldiers acquired
skills previously performed by three specialized
maintainers. Before the MOS was created, Soldiers
trained on Stryker systems were MOS 91B wheeled vehicle
mechanics who were awarded the additional skill
identifier (ASI) R4 (Stryker maintainer) after completing
a 4-week course on the automotive portion of the Stryker system. Stryker maintenance also required an
MOS 91K (armament systems mechanic) and an MOS
91C (air-conditioning/refrigeration mechanic), each
with an ASI R4 identifier, to fix other components of
The new MOS not only provides the Army with
Soldiers specifically dedicated to maintaining this type
of vehicle, reducing the number of maintainers needed
for each Stryker repair; it also provides a better avenue
for the Army to track Soldiers with Stryker training and
place them with the Army's Stryker brigade combat
teams, which are based in just six locations.
The Ordnance School is expected to graduate 250
students from MOS 91S training this year.
Army Accessions Command Is Inactivated
The Department of the Army inactivated the Army
Accessions Command on 18 January 2012. The
command was stood up just 10 years ago at Fort
Monroe, Virginia, to handle the heavy recruiting
mission needed to support a Nation at war and to be the
parent organization of the Army Recruiting Command,
the Army Cadet Command, and initial-entry-training
organizations. Since the size of that mission has
decreased, last year the Department of Defense and the
Department of the Army selected the Army Accessions
Command for inactivation as an efficiency measure.
During the inactivation ceremony at Fort Knox, Kentucky,
former commanding general Lieutenant General
Benjamin Freakley noted that during its existence the
command accessed 1.5 million Soldiers, officers, and
The Army Accessions Command's subordinate organizations,
the Army Recruiting and Cadet Commands,
now report directly to the Army Training and Doctrine
Command, as they did before the Army Accessions
Command was established.
Joint Petroleum Seminar Grows
The Joint Petroleum Seminar hosted its largest class
ever from 5 to 9 December 2011 at the Defense Logistics
Agency (DLA) Energy headquarters at Fort
Belvoir, Virginia. Forty-three military and civilian fuel
officers from across the armed services took part in the
weeklong seminar, now in its 10th year, sponsored by
the Joint Staff Joint Petroleum Office and DLA Energy.
The seminar is designed to strengthen the professional
education development of fuel officers, military
service fuel staffs, DLA Energy field office personnel,
and others who work in the joint petroleum arena.
During the seminar, students were exposed to a wide
range of topics, including petroleum characteristics,
Department of Defense and joint fuel organizations,
joint doctrine, global combat support systems, alternative
fuels, fuel exchange agreements, fuel pricing, DLA
Energy business processes, and war and peacetime fuel
Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Todd Cheney, Joint
Petroleum Office Chief on the Joint Staff and the seminar's
course moderator, said that the Joint Staff's view
is that the joint petroleum community needs a strengthened
identity, "cross-pollination" among the services,
an understanding of DLA Energy roles and responsibilities,
and a common understanding of relevant issues.
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy
Plans and Programs Sharon Burke briefed seminar
attendees on the Department of Defense (DOD) Operational
Energy Strategy. Burke said that using less fuel
and taking trucks off the road reduces the risk of casualties
along the supply line. She emphasized that the
goal to supply forces with fuel will be fulfilled through
three methods. DOD aims to reduce the volume of fuel
used in operations, diversify the range of fueling options
so that a variety of sources are available to meet
the mission, and ensure more capability for less cost by
improving fuel efficiency and effectiveness in building
the future force.
Burke said that the acquisition community holds the
key to changing the way the department uses fuel, but
she reminded the audience that the acquisition process
is complicated and it will take some time to change the
New Reference Guide Provides Antiterrorism
Guidelines for Contract Support
A new desk reference provides tools to reduce the possibility of terrorist attacks related to commercially provided services on Army-controlled installations and facilities. The reference, entitled “Integrating Antiterrorism and Operations Security Into the Contract Support Process,” was published on 25 January in response to the Army’s realization of the possibility of terrorist attacks by contract employees. It outlines the tactics, techniques, and procedures contracting specialists need to integrate into the contract support process to reduce the possibility of terrorism.
The reference describes the antiterrorism and operations security steps that need to be taken during each phase of the process and offers suggestions for performance work statement language and elements for a quality surveillance plan.
The desk reference is available through Army Knowledge Online at https://www.us.army.mil/suite/page/605757.
Army Techniques Publication (ATP) 4–91, Army Field Support Brigade, published 15 December 2011, is the second ATP published
by the Army under the Doctrine 2015 initiative.
The ATP provides an overview of the Army field
support brigade (AFSB) organization and outlines
the missions the AFSB has in contingency operations
and in supporting units throughout the Army
Force Generation process.
Army Quartermaster Symposium
The Army Quartermaster Symposium will be held from 13 to 15 June at Fort Lee, Virginia. The theme for this
year's event is "Quartermaster Strong: Lean, Agile, and Ready!"
This year's symposium focuses on engaging the entire sustainment community in discussions on relevant topics.
During this time, the Quartermaster Corps will also be celebrating its 237th birthday with the Quartermaster Run, the
Quartermaster Ball, a regimental review, and a recognition reception hosted by the Quartermaster General. For more
information about the event, visit www.quartermaster.army.mil.
Performance-Based Life-Cycle Support 2012
Worldwide Business Research will host Performance-Based Life-Cycle Support 2012 from 16 to 18 July 2012
at the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event includes panel discussions on the future of outcomebased
life-cycle product support, streamlining the supply chain to reduce costs through performance-based agreements,
and the effect investing in human capital can have on sustainment.
For more information or to register, go to the conference website: www.pblusa.com.