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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perspective, our current total Army force is comprised of 58 brigade combat teams, so we are relocating the equivalent of almost 95 percent of our combat force structure in one year's time. Our ability to move our forces is a key and essential component of our military's readiness to execute the missions that we are directed to do. This projected workload over the next year will exer- cise our transportation systems and networks and help reveal to us what our current capabilities and limitations are, and what improve- ments may be needed. A&M: What is the Army doing to modernize its supply and maintenance functionality? Lt. Gen. Piggee: One focus area this year is on fielding our new logistics information system, the Global Combat Support System- Army (known as GCSS-Army). It is now more than 60 percent fielded. By year's end it will be 100 percent operational in our supply rooms, motor pools, and property book offices. We already have it operating in all of the Army's warehouses. GCSS-Army is a game-changer; it has been a huge enabler to those who are now using it. It integrates maintenance, supply, prop- erty accountability, and financial capabilities into one information system. It saves time for the 150,000 people who are or will be using it; and it allows leaders to see their organizations better, so they can more rapidly build and maintain readiness. A&M: You spend a lot of time thinking about the future, and resourcing future programs -- what areas are you especially interested in? Lt. Gen. Piggee: We have to find our next game-changing innovation. GCSS-Army has proven to be a logistics game changer, but it took us 20 years to develop and field it. We cannot wait another 20 years to find the next GCSS-Army. Today technology changes in months, not years. We need big ideas that will improve readiness in the near term. It could be a process. It could be an autonomous robot or remotely controlled convoy to deliver resupplies. It could be the practice of how we turn in equipment, or it could be an "app" to complete a transaction or a way to employ big data. Proven technologies are out there today, and we need to be creative and bold in our thinking to find, develop, and field these new systems to maintain technological overmatch. COMPLIMENTARY SUBSCRIPTION www.tacticaldefensemedia.com | scan the code to sign up now! COMMANDER'S CORNER www.tacticaldefensemedia.com Armor & Mobility | March/April 2017 | 7

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