Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT April-June 2016 Contents Buying Power program as a means of strengthening and reforming
the acquisition process. The Army is facing significant challenges
with rapidly increasing threats and decreasing modernization
budgets. For years, its research and development (R&D) and
acquisition accounts have declined at a significantly faster rate
than the Army’s top-line budget.
To meet these challenges, the Army acquisition community must
continue to work toward achieving affordable programs; control-
ling life-cycle costs; incentivizing productivity in both industry
and government; eliminating unproductive processes and bureau-
cracy; and improving tradecraft in acquisition. Our Soldiers need
superior technologies and innovations more than ever—yet our
ability to procure and field these solutions will be in jeopardy if we
do not continue to streamline the acquisition process and make
wiser choices for our return on investments.
As we pursue next-generation technologies to mature our aging
fleets and portfolios, we must remember that it is not enough to
modernize our technology—we must also continue to modernize
our methods of acquiring it if we are to maintain our technologi-
cal edge. Only then can we successfully deliver the capabilities our
Soldiers need to accomplish their mission.
In this issue of AL&T magazine, you will discover how each of
these three elements plays a crucial role in sustainment. To quote
from the U.S . Army Training and Doctrine Command’s “The
United States Army Functional Concept for Sustainment, 2016-
2028,” “The provision of sustainment is an integrated process,
involving people, systems, materiel, health services, and other
support, which is inextricably linked to operations.” To be suc-
cessful in sustaining operations until mission accomplishment, we
need the right people, products and processes.
Sustainment is intimately tied to our call to service. Like the Army
acquisition enterprise’s mission to constantly provide the best for
our Soldiers, sustainment involves a persistent need to see each
mission through. It is not enough to deliver materiel and solu-
tions to our warfighters on the battlefield; we must also sustain
the equipment we develop until the work is done and each Soldier
comes home. This timely issue of AL&T magazine will illuminate
the part all of us play in achieving this vision.
Our Army is witnessing a time of great change, but we remain
steadfast in our pursuit of our ongoing goals. All of us in ASA(ALT)
are charged with doing our part to strengthen Army acquisition.
As your leader, I commit and challenge you to commit yourselves
to achieving lasting acquisition reform.
Together, we will work toward attaining affordable and realistic
requirements in Army programs. We will continue to leverage
the groundbreaking technologies coming from small businesses.
We will continue to recognize the pivotal role of the Army’s S&T
innovations in shaping the force of the future. We owe it to our
Soldiers to constantly put our best foot forward, so that we may
deliver the lifesaving solutions and critically enabling capabilities
they need for mission success. The ASA(ALT) team has a long
legacy of rising to challenges, and I am confident that our com-
mitment to our Soldiers will continue to guide us to excellence.
The Army’s development of its Future Vertical Lift fleet, of which one pro-
totype is shown, is an example of the kind of long-range S&T investment
that will drive the Army into the future. (U.S . Army photo)
EQUIPPING THE ROTATIONAL FORCE
Workers load an M109A6 Paladin onto a trailer at the Port of Klaipeda,
Lithuania, in December 2015. The 624th Movement Control Team, 39th
Transportation Battalion (Movement Control), 16th Sustainment Brigade
oversaw the loading of the Paladin and other pieces of equipment for
the prepositioned European Activity Set. The shipment was bound for
Coleman Barracks in Mannheim, Germany, for ser vicing, storage and
ultimately use by the next rotational force, as part of current Army strat-
egy to prepare for the next conflict. (Photo by SSG Michael Behlin, 10th
Press Camp Headquarters)
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