AMC Commander Emphasizes Communications, Collaboration 


Gen. Ann Dunwoody

            “We need to be good, fast and best value,” the commanding general of the Army Materiel Command said as she described a growing partnership with the service’s acquisition community.
Gen. Ann Dunwoody, speaking March 11 at the Association of the United States Army’s
Institute of Land Warfare Breakfast in suburban Washington, said her command with its 60,000 employees and the assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology with his 40,000 employees, said the two communities have traditionally had separate cultures.

            Quoting Gen. George Casey, Army chief of staff, she added, “Our institutional Army operates not only in stovepipes, but in silos.”

             She said that in a recent tour of Afghanistan with the assistant secretary they agreed “We need to have a corporate view” of how to prepare for the arrival of up to 30,000 American soldiers in the coming months in a mountainous country without much infrastructure and about the size of Texas.

            “We need to lighten the load” on soldiers.

            When combined, the two would be one of the largest corporations in the United States with an $81 billion budget.

            Dunwoody emphasized the need for better communications and collaboration in life cycle management of equipment and a better understanding of “who is responsible for managing property” across the Army staff and in the different agencies and commands.

            “Can we be more effective and efficient?  Yes.”

            She said that among the “must do’s” was to "develop a strategic infrastructure plan” that recognizes that investing in depots is an economic engine for that community; also to “continue to reset the force” and grow industry partnerships and “develop enabling technology” to work more efficiently.

            “We must execute BRAC [base realignment and closure],” a process that directly affects 11,000 of her command’s employees.  “Most of these people have never moved,” referring to the closure of AMC’s headquarters at Fort Belvoir, Va., and its move to Huntsville, Ala., by September 2011.

            “We need to make sure we take care of the work force,” Dunwoody said.

            Agility, an AUSA sustaining member company, sponsored the breakfast.