Story by Sal (Tony) Lopez on 09/04/2019ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill., - Holding contractors and ourselves accountable is critical to the success of Joint Munitions Command. We must ensure that all partners who play a role in munitions sustainment can be effectively relied upon to provide the needed material or components on time and at the agreed upon cost. That means holding commercial ammunition producers accountable and measuring their effectiveness of delivering to customer required delivery dates.
In partnership with the Joint Program Executive Office for Armaments and Ammunition and the Army Contracting Command acquisition centers, JMC awards approximately 75 percent of its conventional ammunition requirements to the commercial production base each year, which encompasses entities ranging from small businesses to multinational corporations, and produces everything from 5.56mm small-caliber to 120mm tank ammunition, as well as ammunition components used in production.
During the quarterly update to Gen. Gus Perna, Commanding General, Army Materiel Command, members of the Joint Munitions Command staff presented a scorecard on commercial "performance to promise" which measures adherence to customer required delivery dates, and notes upward or downward performance trends.
This briefing highlighted recent actions JMC has taken to increase focus on accountability and adherence to delivery requirements in relationship with our commercial ammunition suppliers. This includes initiating engagements with JMC and corporate leaders to maintain visibility and oversight of performance issues, as well as working with ACC to employ contractual levers within the Federal Acquisition Regulation in the event that delivery timelines are not met.
This heightened focus on accountability and performance is yielding positive results, as 12 of 15 programs executed by commercial ammunition producers have either improved or maintained their performance since the previous quarter.
As the Army's senior logistician, Perna acknowledged the great work done and reiterated the importance of contractor accountability in executing AMC's mission to deliver the materiel readiness solutions to ensure globally dominant land force capabilities in Multi-Domain Operations.