The Nation’s Army remains committed to being the best possible steward of the resources provided by the American people through the Congress. We continue to develop and implement initiatives designed to conserve resources and to reduce waste and inefficiencies wherever possible.
The recent establishment of two organizations highlights the Army’s commitment to improving efficiencies. In 2008, the Secretary of the Army established the Senior Energy Council to develop an Army Enterprise Energy Security Strategy. The Senior Energy Council is implementing a plan that reduces energy consumption and utilizes innovative technologies for alternative and renewable energy, including harvesting wind, solar and geothermal energy, while leveraging energy partnerships with private sector expertise. The Army is replacing 4,000 petroleum-fueled vehicles with electric vehicles. We also are underway in our six-year biomass waste-to-fuel technology demonstrations at six of our installations.
As part of the Army’s efforts in adapting institutions, we also established the Enterprise Task Force to optimize the ARFORGEN process for effectively and efficiently delivering trained and ready forces to the combatant commanders.
In addition, in order to increase logistical efficiencies and readiness, the Army is developing 360 Degree Logistics Readiness—an initiative that proactively synchronizes logistics support capability and unit readiness. This new approach will allow the Army to see, assess, and synchronize enterprise assets in support of our operational forces. The 360 Degree Logistics Readiness bridges the information system gaps between selected legacy logistics automation systems and the Single Army Logistics Enterprise. It will improve visibility, accountability, fidelity, and timeliness of information to facilitate better decisions at every managerial level.
Finally, the Army is committed to reforming our acquisition, procurement, and contracting processes to more efficiently and responsively meet the needs of our Soldiers. A streamlined requirements process based on reasonable requirements with adequately mature technology will produce a system with greater urgency and agility and guard against “requirements creep.” The Army also will continue to grow its acquisition workforce and provide disciplined oversight to its acquisition programs.