Armor & Mobility

MAR/APR 2017

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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INSIGHTS Armor & Mobility ISSN: 2151-190x Published by Tactical Defense Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly forbidden. ©2017 Tactical Defense Media publications are free to members of the U.S. military, employees of the U.S. government, non-U.S. foreign service based in the U.S. and defense contractors. All TDM publications are sent electronically to international readers. Mailing Address Tactical Defense Media, Inc. PO Box 12115 Silver Spring, MD 20908-0115 USA Telephone: (301) 974-9792 Fax: (443) 637-3714 Tactical Defense Media Publications Proud Members Kevin Hunter Editor Armor & Mobility Christian Sheehy Managing Editor Tactical Defense Media Jittima Saiwongnuan Graphic Designer Tactical Defense Media Sonia Bagherian Publisher Tactical Defense Media Jane Engel Associate Publisher Tactical Defense Media Cathy Kieserman Office Administrator Tactical Defense Media WARFIGHTERS TACTICAL ANNUAL GEAR GUIDE WARFIGHTERS TACTICAL DISCLAIMER: Tactical Defense Media (TDM) is privileged to publish work by members of the military and government personnel. We make a special effort to allow writers to preview their articles before publication, critique our edits, and make changes. However, due to the highly unconventional nature of DoD and government style guides, TDM cannot guarantee that all capitalizations and other grammatical aspects that do not conform to the AP Style Guide will be used. We always welcome constructive conversations on this matter. As winter wanes and the nation settles into life under a new administration, the promise of renewed investment in national defense drives hope anew for those committed to strengthening U.S. military readiness. In the March/April issue of Armor & Mobility, we take a look at ongoing efforts in the sustainment of proven program successes on land, air and sea. From the overhaul and reset of wartime-tested tactical ground vehicles to propulsion and airframe upgrades to trusted supply aircraft, what is driving American military might remains the belief that maximizing assets already in the supply chain will ultimately create a clearly defined requirement for capabilities yet to join DoD's toolbox. At the core of any military objective are the logistics necessary to ensure operability. As such, interviews with a few key "loggies" representing the Army, Air Force and Navy, set the stage for this issue's focus on sustaining processes and materiel essential to mission achievement. From the Office of the Army G-4, Lt. Gen. Aundre Piggee, Deputy Chief of Staff, paints a picture of sustainment as part of initial planning from the birth of a requirements set. In terms of unit readiness, priority given to Reserve and first deploying force elements is often assumed but not ensured. Of course, without the equipment readiness to support personnel, there is no readiness. Red River Army Depot, Texarkana, TX, knows this first hand as DoD's front line facility in the repair and overhaul of Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) tactical vehicles as the assets are readied for redeployment, in many cases post-service from Iraq and Afghanistan. From ground to air, asset sustainment remains at the fore of mission readiness, so says Lt. Gen. Lee Levy II, Commander, U.S. Air Force Sustainment Center (AFSC), Tinker AFB, OK. And at the center of this sustainment effort is programmed depot maintenance including preventive maintenance, redesigning high failure parts, improved overhaul procedures, and similar actions to improve reliability and maintainability. From a naval air perspective, according to Rear Adm. Mike Zarkowski, Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers, Patuxent River, MD, intermediate-level maintenance provides material support to the fleet at the best possible cost, and depot-level maintenance entails the major overhaul of parts, assemblies, subassemblies and end items, all key to Navy and Marine Corps airframes. And for those dedicated readers who've come to expect some coverage of tactical communications in the March issue, so as not to disappoint, a special update from the Army's Program Executive Office for Command and Control, Computers and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T), provides a look at the latest in "lite" Warfighter Information Network- Tactical (WIN-T) equipment integration for easier transport where and when the mission calls for it. As always, feel free to contact us with comments and suggestions. Enjoy! 2 | Armor & Mobility | March/April 2017

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