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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of added injury to Soldiers. We are well aware of this, and we are looking at technological solutions to reduce weight at the tactical level. A&M: One of your goals is for logisticians to become more expeditionary. What progress has been made and what lessons have you learned that could be shared? Lt. Gen. Piggee: We have made good progress, but we still have work to be done. Over the last 15 years of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan we contracted vast amounts of logistics support. For example contractors executed most base life support functions, numerous maintenance jobs, movement control functions, and food service to name a few. In future conflicts, this approach may not be as viable an option. So we are ensuring that our sustainers have the right equipment and are trained with the appropriate level of confidence and are able to execute those missions themselves, without contract support. This means working on the fundamentals, doing those things that we have gotten away from us over the last 15 years. To be successful we have to develop processes, procedures, techniques, and training at the tactical level. We have to be able to execute routine things rou- tinely, doing it from muscle memory. A&M: How are you preparing logisticians for a multi-domain decisive action battle? Lt. Gen. Piggee: These battles require flexible and resilient ground formations that project combat power into the land, air, maritime, space, and cyberspace domains and even into the electromagnetic spectrum. Through training and the use of the joint logistics architecture, we are better preparing for that type of battle. Army sustainment forces are comprised of the most trained, adaptive, and innovative logistics leaders and Soldiers. We must execute every training opportunity as if it was an actual deploy- ment and use our training exercises under wartime crisis condi- tions. By giving them rigorous training at the Combat Training Centers, they receive a realistic environment in which the concept of support is sufficiently stressed to enable learning. We must continue to exercise mission command and decentralized opera- tions to support multi-domain battle and prevent pauses. Another key element that will enable success is the purposeful combina- tion of complementary service capabilities, thus creating joint interdependent forces. These interdependencies are paramount to overcoming the challenges associated with conducting dispersed operations over extended distances. A&M: The Army is in constant motion -- are there any trends in what the Army is moving? Lt. Gen. Piggee: The Army will move 55 brigade combat team equivalents worth of equipment this year. To put this into ARMY CONTRACTING SUMMIT JUNE 1 - 2, 2017 KILLEEN, TEXAS Bringing leaders together to empower solutions UNITED STATES DEFENSE LEADERSHIP You are invited to aaend one of the top defense contracting events of the year: Space is limited. REGISTER NOW! www.defenseleadershipforum.org or call (202)552-0179 COMMANDER'S CORNER www.tacticaldefensemedia.com 6 | Armor & Mobility | March/April 2017

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