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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U.S. Army and Defense Logistics Agency disposal and distribution teams are removing more than 1.2 million pieces of excess equipment from inventories. By Beth Reece, DLA Public Affairs The effort, known as "All Army Divestiture," is expected to free soldiers from costly, time-consuming maintenance on unneeded items as the service reduces its force structure. "All this extra equipment encumbers the service in terms of people, manpower hours, resources and money for parts. As we help take unneeded equipment off the Army's property books, soldiers can focus on the mission-essential equipment that's staying in the force structure. It's all about readiness," said COL Mike Arnold, DLA's Army national account manager. DLA will assist with divestiture efforts at 13 U.S. installations. Initial planning for each location will be based on the Army's Master Divestiture List and equipment calculations in the Army's Decision Support Tool, which weighs the items on units' property books with what units are authorized. That data will be used to create a plan agreed to by a joint working group comprising installation and unit leaders, as well as representatives from the Army's Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, U.S. Army Forces Command and Army Materiel Command. "We're all going to sit down together and look at what's excess, then do a bottom-up review of it. We'll agree, on an installation and unit basis, to what's going to be turned in or destroyed, what space it's going to be done in and the process for how it's going to be done," Arnold said. DLA gives units two options for divesting surplus equipment. They can turn it into DLA Disposition Services, which will make it available to other federal agencies as required by law. If no federal agency wants the materiel, DLA Disposition Services will demilitarize it, then auction it off to the public — or break it down into scrap material that can be sold. The service may also transfer excess equipment to DLA Distribution for repair and storage. In the past, units spent "an inordinate amount of money" shipping equipment to Red River Army Depot in Texas or Sierra Army Depot in California only to have it shipped elsewhere, Arnold said. "The second-destination costs associated with doing that was a huge expense for the Army that can now be mitigated through DLA's partnership with the Army. DLA has agreed to send in a team from DLA Distribution to accept items the Army wants to keep on its property books at numerous CONUS-based Army installations where there is sufficient equipment to warrant our forward presence. CONSOLIDATING FORCE PROVISIONING DLA Disposition Services Property Disposal Specialist Oscar Montiel (right) helps soldiers turn in Army equipment at Ft. Bliss, TX. (Photo by Jeff Landenberger) www.tacticaldefensemedia.com 36 | Armor & Mobility September/October 2016 LOGISTICS CORNER: DLA

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