Armor & Mobility

SEP-OCT 2016

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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COMMANDER'S CORNER A&M: From an industry partnering vantage, please speak to ways TACOM is partnering with private sector technology suppliers to provide solutions to Army commanders. MG LeMasters: TACOM, PEOs/PMs and OEMs will all continue to partner to deliver systems to the field. TACOM's organic depot and arsenals look for opportunities to partner with industry to deliver increased capabilities and readiness to the Army, while reducing the operation and support costs. Partnerships preserve and strengthen the Organic Industrial Base (OIB), leveraging capabilities of the OIB to benefit from industry sharing of best business practices all focused on providing our units and Soldiers with the highest quality equipment. Some examples of partnerships include: Red River Army Depot's partnership with AM General to execute the recap of over 800 Army National Guard High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles to integrate reliability, maintainability and supportability improvements to the fleet. For the OIB, this type of arrangement helps to maintain critical skill sets for welders, repairers and mechanics. Watervliet Arsenal has a key long-term partnership with Electralloy that allows the company access to a very large, unique rotary forge normally used for just large cannon production. The non-Department of Defense work brought to Watervliet by Electralloy, helps Watervliet cover operating costs, as well as providing the workforce more time on this unique piece of equipment to preserve critical manufacturing skills. The OIB also benefits from Electralloy's investment in equipment upgrades and machine maintenance. This partnership has been identified as a "Best Practice" across all of DoD; the original agreement was for five years and has been expanded to a 20-year agreement. Anniston Army Depot also has a work share partnership for M1 conversions and Stryker overhaul. For the past 16 years, the M1 part- nerships between PD Main Battle Tank Systems, ANAD and General Dynamics Land Systems have converted or reset over 3,644 tanks, surg- ing in 2010 to produce a program high of 383 vehicles. With the Stryker family of vehicles, PM Stryker Brigade Combat Team involved the depot early in the acquisition process; as a result ANAD has been a partner on all variants of the Stryker from new build through combat/battle/ accident damage, through the RESET of the Stryker brigades and the double V hull program, and into overhaul. The early involvement directly enhanced ANAD's growth of capabilities to support system overhaul. Starting in 2009, the Stryker reset program also directly contributed to the readiness of the warfighter when ANAD and GDLS had to RESET Stryker brigades against a very strict Army Force Generation timeline. This year, ANAD and GDLS will embark on an 85-vehicle Stryker lethal- ity workshare partnership to increase the readiness and lethality of our USAREUR-based STRYKERS. ANAD has also shown great success in a partnership with Honeywell to support Total InteGrated Engine Revitalization (TIGER) - the M1 tank AGT-1500 engine conditions-based maintenance program. This partnership is an overwhelming success. The program centers on an integrated team set up to improve the M1 engine's fleet Mean Time Between Depot Repair (MTBDR) to 1400 hours, doubling the time between overhauls without increasing operation and sustainment costs. The enterprise was set up as a partnership between TACOM ILSC, PD-MBTS, ANAD and Honeywell with a common goal of improving availability and durability of the No. 1 cost driver in the Army supply system. Honeywell provides parts and technical support while Anniston performs the depot maintenance on all engines. TIGER has allowed the ANAD team to apply condition-based overhaul procedures and scope repairs based on hours and reason for failure resulting in reduced average repair cost and increased reliability. A&M: Speak to any other challenges TACOM is addressing going forward. MG LeMasters: TACOM, like every other Army organization, will be impacted by resourcing decisions that could impact manpower authorizations and funding levels for support programs. Prioritizing these reductions against Army missions and changing priorities has been, and will continue to be, the toughest challenge we face. Our team continues to work long lead time parts and the demand planning process very hard. The ability to project parts requirements has always been a challenge -- like any projection they are a victim of history and changing demand patterns. The TACOM ILSC Readiness and Sustainment Directorates, along with our Field Support Operations Directorate, works daily with everyone, from your units to the DLA, to identify and resolve readiness issues. As Army requirements for train- ing, exercise support and contingency operations changes, TACOM will work to stay linked in with planning efforts and the projection of sup- port priorities and requirements. As the Sustainable Readiness Model becomes fully operational, predicting what units across the Army will do will become somewhat easier and help with this process. What can you do to help us help you better? Pull in the LARs and SCRs as soon as planning begins for any mission. The Brigade Logistics Support Team, Army Field Support Battalion and Army Field Support Brigade should be your starting point. To develop a fully inte- grated concept of the operation, the entire "sustainer" team must be brought to the table as early as possible. TACOM is committed to supporting you and your units anywhere in the world. If you have a problem or issue with support of any tracked, wheeled, armament or Soldier support system, give us a call. Watervliet Arsenal's public-private partner, Electralloy, has installed three state- of-the-art furnaces having made a multi-million dollar investment in the Arsenal's rotary forge operation. Here, the rotary forge is processing a 155mm tube for self- propelled howitzers. (Army) www.tacticaldefensemedia.com 14 | Armor & Mobility September/October 2016

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