- United States Army Materiel Command
Infobox Military Unit
unit_name= U.S. Army Materiel Command
caption=United States Army Materiel Command shoulder sleeve insignia
dates= 1962 - present
country= United States
branch= U.S. Army
role= acquisitions, logistics
size= 50,000 military and civilian
Benjamin S. Griffin
notable_commanders=Frank S. Besson, Jr. Ferdinand J. Chesarek
motto=America's Arsenal for the Brave
battle_honours=The United States Army Materiel Command (AMC) is an army command responsible for materiel readiness, to include technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment.
The command's missions range from development of weapon systems and research to maintenance and distribution of spare parts. AMC operates the research, development and engineering centers, Army Research Laboratory, depots, arsenals, ammunition plants, and other facilities, and maintains the Army's prepositioned stocks, both on land and afloat. The command is also the Department of Defense (DOD) Executive Agent for chemical weapons stockpile and conventional ammunition.
AMC works closely with Program Executive Officers, the Army Acquisition Executive, industry and academia, the other services, and other government agencies to develop, buy and maintain materiel for the Army.
The command's main effort is to achieve the development, support, and sustainment of the
future forcein this decade. At the same time, AMC is key to supporting and sustaining the interim force and to sustaining and recapitalizing the current force. Its maintenance depots restore weapon systems needed as the Army makes its way to full transformation. The command's overhaul and modernization efforts aim to enhance and upgrade major weapon systems.AMC handles diverse missions that reach beyond the Army. AMC manages the multi-billion dollar business of selling Army equipment and services to allies of the United States and negotiates and implements agreements for co-production of U.S. weapons systems by foreign nations. AMC also provides numerous acquisition and logistics services to the other components of the DOD and to many other government agencies. AMC is headquartered in Fort Belvoir, Virginia and is located in about 149 locations worldwide, including 45 states and 38 countries. Manning these organizations is a work force of about 50,000 military and civilian employees, many with specialties in weapons development and logistics.
The U.S. Army Materiel Command was established on May 8, 1962 and was activated on August 1 of that year as a major field command of the U.S. Army. Lieutenant General
Frank S. Besson, Jr., who directed the implementation of the Department of Army study that recommended creation of a "materiel development and logistics command", served as its first commander.
*"information compiled from [http://www.amc.army.mil/amc/ho/amc_cg/amccgbios.html] "
Major Subordinate Commands
* United States Army Sustainment Command
* United States Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command
* United States Army Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command
United States Army Chemical Materials Agency
* United States Army Joint Munitions Command
* United States Army Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command
United States Army Research, Development and Engineering Command
* United States Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command
United States Army Security Assistance Command
* [http://www.army.mil/institution/organization/unitsandcommands/commandstructure/amc/ Army Materiel Command website]
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