14 Apr '14, 11am

Fast and Light: US Army Overhauls Its Gear Strategy

WASHINGTON — The US Army is putting the finishing touches on a bold new strategy for how it prepositions stocks of critical equipment around the globe, how it uses those stocks to speed deployments — and who pays for it. Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno ordered the revised strategy last year as part of his vision to make the service more capable of deploying quickly to meet threats, and assist in humanitarian and disaster relief missions. And a key element of the plan is to pass off some of the cost of using and resetting the equipment to the combatant commanders. “What we want is for [advanced positioned stocks] to be a part of the theater, a part of the plan, a part of the combatant commander’s thinking, a part of the allies’ thinking,” as opposed to being a static reserve, one senior officer said. The idea is to break up the massive stocks of vehicles, weapons, and ammun...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140413/DEFREG02/3041...

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