Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT January-March 2012 Contents Unlike past wars, in which equipment
was rushed to theater only to have
accountability "lost," the visibility of
equipment in the current two-theater
war is unprecedented. By the time this issue of
Army AL&T hits the street, the withdrawal of
troops and equipment from Iraq will be com-
plete. In what the Wall Street Journal coined an
"invasion in reverse," U.S. troops have driven 16
million miles to move "a mountain of equipment
[and] personnel" from more than 500 bases in the
last year and a half, according to LTG Frank G.
Helmick, Commanding General, XVIII Airborne
Corps and Deputy Commander for Operations,
U.S. Forces-Iraq, speaking Dec. 7 during the fi-
nal briefing from Iraq to Pentagon reporters.
In 2009, LTG James H. Pillsbury, then Deputy
Commanding General and Chief of Staff of the
U.S. Army Materiel Command, assembled and
led the Responsible Reset Task Force, or R2TF.
Facing a December 31, 2011, deadline directed by
President Obama, the R2TF took the lead in iden-
tifying equipment for redistribution within theater,
retention for Army Prepositioned Stocks, transfer
to Afghan units, donations to the Iraqi govern-
ment and to our own state and local governments,
or disposal in accordance with approved guide-
lines. The remaining equipment was returned to
the United States for repair and reissue to units.
This issue of Army AL&T focuses on these and
other enormous logistical challenges facing the
U.S. Army in a two-theater war, and our many
successes along the way. Read about how lessons
learned have been and continue to be integrated
into day-to-day operations; the marked improve-
ments in asset visibility achieved over the years;
and the positive impacts that smart management
of supply inventories and reduced maintenance
burdens can have on unit operations. Finally, a note
on the Materiel Enterprise: it's not just for Army
senior leaders anymore! Creating opportunities
at the operational level to share ideas and propose
solutions to common problems is the focus of an
article on bringing acquisition and logistics together.
Incorporating the lessons learned from Iraq into
modern doctrine is just one way we learn from the
past. Along those lines, we've created a new section,
Then and Now, where we look at ideas circulat-
ing at the beginning of Army AL&T Magazine in
December 1960 and juxtapose them with current
efforts. See all past issues in our archives at http://
Our guest columnist this quarter in our Critical
Thinking section is Jan R. Frye, Deputy Assistant
Secretary, Office of Acquisition and Logistics in
the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, who
provides insights on better buying power oppor-
tunities through shared procurement.
If you couldn't make the AUSA Annual Meeting
and Exposition in October, turn to our Confer-
ence Call section, where you'll find stories and
links to presentations that have a direct impact
on you and ongoing Army initiatives such as
modernization, energy alternatives, and trans-
formation of the Army Civilian Workforce.
Finally, this issue has a convenient pull-out
OASAALT Organizational Chart showing the
various reporting relationships, roles, and respon-
sibilities of the Headquarters, Deputy Assistant
Secretaries of the Army, Direct Reporting Units,
Program Executive Officers, and others.
While 2012 brings new challenges, it also brings
new opportunities to serve our Soldiers even better
than before. We hope this issue provides you with
information you can use to meet that challenge
and to create better products, increase efficiencies,
and learn from the past. Please share this magazine
with others and, if you have any comments or sug-
gestions, don't hesitate to contact me at usarmy.
firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you.
From the Editor-in-Chief
Nelson McCouch III
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