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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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 and 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 From coordinating vast supply chain networks to prioritizing re-supply objectives addressing military and disaster response, America calls upon the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to ensure the nation's needs are answered on time and on budget. The August issue of Armor & Mobility (A&M) explores current and ongoing improvements to processes and capabilities that the Air Force is implementing force-wide, enabling the U.S. Department of Defense to provide critical assets at any time and place they're needed. As logistics associated with keeping assets maintained and sustained evolves, so does a corresponding need to streamline USAF processes. In an exclusive to A&M, Lt. Gen. Robert McMurry, Commander, U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), Wright-Patterson AFB, discusses AFLCMC's influence over aerial combat missions in Afghanistan and Syria. The Air Force Sustainment Center (AFSC) 448th Supply Chain Management Wing (SCMW) out of Warner Robins AFB in Georgia is spearheading an initiative called the Enterprise Supply Chain Analysis, Planning, and Execution (ESCAPE) program. This program is intended to improve how the Air Force is modernizing data to predict purchases for spare parts and repair requirements, redistribute inventory where needed, and improve planning for the supply chain. Whether by ground, sea, air, or cyber, asset transportation is at the heart of global defense logistics. U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) stands at the ready to fulfill this varied mission. A&M recently spoke with TRANSCOM Commanding General Darren McDew who revealed some of his priorities for maintaining and enhancing American power projection in countering state and non-state adversaries of free and open global commerce. Of course, none of what transportation entails is possible without the fuel to make it happen. With this realization, Lt. Col. Vince Zabala, Fuel Efficiency Program Manager, U.S. Air Mobility Command (AMC), Scott AFB, IL, speaks about ways the Air Force is leading advances in fuel life extension across the global defense market. From propulsion upgrades to KC-135 fleet to enhancements in data collection processes, AMC is working to marry current and newer capabilities such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and KC-46 refueling tanker replacement programs with fueling alternatives for greater force readiness. This issue also provides insight from the nation's top military official in the Middle East, Commanding General Joseph Votel, U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM), as he details CENTCOM efforts to foster a healthy partnership between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia for advancing peace throughout a troubled region. 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. TDM typically follows, but is not bound by, the AP Style Guide, and reserves the right to determine the style, including but not limited to capitalizations and other grammatical aspects, except in the cases where the style is dictated by military or DoD standards and practices. 2 | Armor & Mobility | August 2017

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