Armor & Mobility

AUG 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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which recognizes excellence in manufacturing. Together with our private industry partners, we can continue to provide the highest quality products available for our customers. A&M: What does Red River look for in a Public-Private Partnership? COL Carrico: A primary component of military strategy is technological superiority. With decreasing budgets, this is more challenging than ever. However, the use of Public-Private Partnerships is a way to maintain that superiority while optimizing the infrastructure and skillsets within the OIB. Appropriate partnering with private industry helps sustain core maintenance capabilities at the depots and arsenals; it should also sustain and improve technical expertise in the workforce. Additionally P3s can evolve to the point that they improve the financial viability of organic activities and eventually result in increased private sector investment in facilities and equipment. A&M: Can you share some of the positive outcomes and accomplishments through your P3 programs? COL Carrico: One positive outcome of our P3 programs has been the continuous positive feedback we receive from our customers. We have found with many of our P3 programs, we've been able to exceed the customer's requirements and quality standards. Partnerships allow the Army to leverage the skills and capacity of our industry partners while enhancing the production capability of the Organic Industrial Base. One example of finding a solution for our customer resulted from our partnership with AM General, the OEM of the High Mobility Mul- tipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). Through the partnership, our team was responsible for completing upgrades to the body of the M1151 converting it to the M1167 Tow Missile Carrier configuration. The HMMWV bodies were then sent to AM General's facility in Misha- waka, IN, where each was joined to a new chassis. Our team was able to design and fabricate a cart enabling employees to easily move the bodies up and down the production line. Prior to the cart innovation by the Red River team, the process required a forklift, an overhead crane, a large jack stand and three mechanics to perform the task in a dedicated workstation. Collectively the team worked to design the carts which not only allowed the production line to be more efficient, but, more importantly, to be safer for our team members. Beyond the obvious workload advantages to partnerships, you cannot overlook the tremendous technical and production process advantages that both the depot and private industry gain through partnerships. Another part of the partnership effort is the sharing of expertise, LEAN manufacturing processes and techniques. In the end, both entities gain knowledge from sharing best practices, not to mention a better trained, more capable workforce. Good partnerships pave the way for other opportunities to work with industry. Partner- ing also provides a built-in surge capability for the OIB that allows us to more effectively support the soldier in the field. NOVEMBER 14–17, 2017 | WASHINGTON, D.C. SAVE THE DATE November 14-17, 2017 • Interactive Exchanges with Sr. Logistics Leaders and Industry Attendees • 800+ Military, Government and Industry Attendees • Exhibit & Sponsorship Opportunities Available (Contact Laurie Powell, LPowell@eventPower.com) LogisticSymposium.org LEVERAGING PARTNERSHIPS ENHANCED PLATFORM SUSTAINMENT www.tacticaldefensemedia.com 16 | Armor & Mobility | August 2017

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