Fast-Modernizing Army Needs Sustainment Help

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Fast-Modernizing Army Needs Sustainment Help

As the Army moves forward with its modernization priorities, the service’s sustainment enterprise is keeping up strategically and operationally by investing in new capabilities and improving existing ones, the Army’s senior sustainment officer said.

Informing the future of those sustainment capabilities will be lessons learned from the Army’s ongoing Project Convergence effort, which pairs soldiers with scientists in the field to test new capabilities.

DoD to Have Key Role in COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

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DoD to Have Key Role in COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

DoD and other federal agencies are putting into motion plans to roll out a COVID-19 vaccine under Operation Warp Speed—and the Pentagon is set to play a key role in its distribution.

“The Department of Defense is uniquely positioned to help guide the OWS distribution strategy due to its vast logistical experience,” said Army Gen. Gus Perna, chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed. 

“Americans can trust that our country’s best public health and logistics experts are working together to get a vaccine to them as soon as available,” Perna said.

Perna: 300 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses ‘Possible’

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Perna: 300 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses ‘Possible’

The delivery of 300 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by January is “potentially possible” depending on the length of human trials and the science behind the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, Gen. Gus Perna told a Senate panel June 18.

Perna, commander of Army Materiel Command, gave his assessment to the Senate Armed Services Committee, whose members are considering his nomination to be chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration’s new task force created to develop, produce and distribute a new COVID-19 vaccine.

Troops, Supply Chain Listed as New Management Challenges

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Troops, Supply Chain Listed as New Management Challenges

The Defense Department inspector general’s annual report of top management challenges facing the military adds two new concerns. One is ensuring the welfare and well-being of service members and their families. The second involves security and management of the supply chain.

The fiscal year 2020 report continues to list threats from near-peer competitors and countering global terrorism as the top challenges facing the department, but troops and their families now rate as the department’s third of 10 priorities, and improving the supply chain ranks eighth.

Multidomain Battlefield Poses Logistics Challenge

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Multidomain Battlefield Poses Logistics Challenge

A new paper from the Association of the U.S. Army’s Institute of Land Warfare warns the Army and joint force face a complex challenge with the growth of inter-state competition.

Written by Maj. Bradley Cooper, “Precision Logistics: Sustainment for Multi-Domain Operations” examines the Army’s transition toward a sustainment enterprise that can support multidomain operations.

Sealift Shortfalls Could Slow Army Deployments

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Sealift Shortfalls Could Slow Army Deployments

The U.S. may not have the sealift capacity to quickly move the Army overseas for a large-scale contingency operation because of aging ships, manning shortages and insufficient training, according to a recent report.

The RAND Corporation’s “Approaches to Strategic Sealift Readiness” found that while the sealift fleet has never failed to meet an operational tasking, the Navy systems intended to demonstrate readiness “were found to be ineffective in showing the readiness of the force required to meet larger-scale activations.”

ILW Paper: U.S. Should Study Competitors’ Logistics

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ILW Paper: U.S. Should Study Competitors’ Logistics

The logistical and maintenance approaches of armies at war can help explain why military organizations fight as well or as poorly as they do and uncover implications of a competitor’s operational strategies, according to a new paper published by the Association of the U.S. Army’s Institute of Land Warfare.

Sustainment Soldiers Must Train for Large-Scale Ops

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Sustainment Soldiers Must Train for Large-Scale Ops

As the Army shifts from counterinsurgency operations to training for a potential fight against a near-peer adversary, the service’s sustainment forces must adapt alongside their combat arms counterparts, several Army experts said.

“Our forces have to be trained, equipped and modernized at the right levels to execute what is required for large-scale ground operations … and move away from the brigade-centric organizations we’ve been in the past,” said Maj. Gen. Rodney D. Fogg, commanding general of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee, Virginia.

Piggee: Logistics Must Move Faster

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Piggee: Logistics Must Move Faster

The Army’s top logistician says it is time to take both a holistic and tactical look at sustainment to start taking advantage of today’s technology while planning for the future.

Speaking at a one-day Hot Topic forum hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army’s Institute of Land Warfare, Lt. Gen. Aundre F. Piggee, deputy chief of staff for logistics, said the Army of 2028 and beyond will need new, smarter, and more agile, resilient and self-sufficient capabilities to serve combat forces.

Perna: ‘Night Court’ Discussions Were ‘Passionate’

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Perna: ‘Night Court’ Discussions Were ‘Passionate’

In the program-cutting process the Army has termed “night court,” representatives from every corner of the Army were given a voice in “passionate” discussions to define requirements, said Gen. Gus Perna, commander of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

Led by Army Secretary Mark T. Esper and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley, the night court sessions were undertaken over the last 18 months to identify Army programs that could be cut or reduced to free up money for modernization priorities.