McHugh Outlines Measures under Way to Streamline Army Support Activities

In advance of budget cuts expected to approach several hundred billion dollars or more over the coming decade, the Army has embarked on its own cost-cutting exercise, Army Secretary John McHugh told attendees at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual meeting on Monday.

Those efforts include reforming Installation Management Command, removing redundancies in research, eliminating unneeded task forces, making “sweeping changes” to the management of personnel and the updating the service’s acquisition program, reported the Army News Service.

McHugh also said he is issuing a directive creating a new government structure that will consolidate about 45 percent of service obligations into six portfolio management centers, including facility support services, medical services, transportation services, electronics and communications, equipment-related services and knowledge-based services.

These changes will help the Army cope with the budgets it will be assigned by others, he said. “This will, I believe, improve oversight effectiveness, while helping us tailor and apply and monitor the results of better buying practices for improved acquisition, as well as leveraging portfolio demand for better prices,” McHugh said.

The secretary and Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno also stressed the need for defense leaders and policymakers to maintain a balanced force — one that can handle future ground actions — as they cut defense spending.

“Our position is no matter what the size, it’s going to be a quality force,” Odierno said, according to the Washington Post.

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