Dunwoody calls for focus on areas of growth 

2/27/2012 12:00 AM 

 

All of the future Army can be winners, despite budget cuts, as long as it continues to adapt and realign where appropriate while also focusing and further improving upon areas of growth, said Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, Commanding General of the United States Army Material Command (AMC), during the Association of the United States Army's Winter Symposium and Exposition in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

According to Dunwoody, the Army should focus on areas of growth -- such as foreign military sales, which have increased from $3.4 billion in 2003 to $14.68 billion in 2012. Dunwoody stated that these sales lead to a more effective and lean, Army as outdated equipment is replaced with state-of-the-art technology. It also improves our relations with allies and helps grow their military capabilities, she said.

 "It's a win, win, win, win," Dunwoody said.

Dunwoody also elaborated on areas where the Army needs to adapt and realign such as in the contracting process. The Enhanced Global Logistics Enterprise, or EAGLE, program is an example of how the Army is improving this process, she said. Through consolidation via the EAGLE program, the Army has reduced its number of contracts from 600 in 2008 to 352 in 2012.

 "[EAGLE] also allows all levels of industry to compete," said Dunwoody, who explained how the new process was more beneficial to both large and small business with its increased focus on competition.

Another area of adaptation and realignment that Dunwoody spoke on was Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation (RDTE).

"We must keep our research and development efforts at the cutting edge, " Dunwoody said. "But we also must streamline it."

In contrast to these aspects of growth and adaptation, Dunwoody also outlined areas of decrease and divestment, including munitions support and chemical demilitarization.

The bottom line, according to Dunwoody, is that the Army must continue to evolve in the face of the growing threats -- which she said included cyber attacks, terrorism, global competition, regional instability, insider threats, and technological competition.

"We can't ignore these," Dunwoody said.

She further advised that the Army not return to the failed strategies often used during past budget cuts, such as "pretend and deny," "circling the wagons," "across the board cuts," and "preparing for the last war."

"This is the easy way out," Dunwoody said of these past strategies, adding that they allowed the Army to "remain inside our comfort zone."

In contrast to these ineffective methods, Dunwoody called on the Army to do "what's good for all."

"Can we all be winners?" she said. "I think we can."