[Strategic Intelligence] Army Materiel Command head to make pre-positioned military stocks ‘combat-ready’

The commander of Army Materiel Command has ordered a critical upgrade to pre-positioned military stocks — he wants them “combat-ready” in the near future. The Army’s pre-positioned stocks in Europe are part of contingency for a war against Russia. This report is for subscribers of Strategic Intelligence.


The commander of Army Materiel Command Gen. Gustave Perna has ordered a critical upgrade to prepositioned military stocks — he wants them “combat-ready” in the near future.

During an Oct. 11 interview at the Association of the United States Army’s annual meeting, Perna told media he has briefed and gotten approval from Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley on the new approach.

“Currently, my responsibility is to maintain the equipment to fully mission-capable, so that soldiers have confidence when they go over and draw it, it works,” he said. “Right now it’s a very good piece of equipment, that I feel 100 percent confident that it will roll off the ship or out of the warehouse, and it will be fully mission capable.”

But moving forward, “we are configuring that capability for combat,” Perna said. “What we’ve added to it is the capability that the soldier needs to drive it across the line of departure. It’s got the things it needs to go execute combat operations.”

Previously, “units would bring a lot of that stuff over with them,” he said. “They’d pack it in containers, and then they’d fly over, and they would install it. Well, it takes time to install it.”

The new approach is to ensure that troops can draw combat-ready equipment and be ready to jump into battle more quickly.

“The intent is soldiers fly, they get on the equipment, and they’re at the line of departure,” he added.

Stocks in Europe appear to be the priority.

The Army’s decision to equip a brigade set of Abrams tanks with the Trophy active protection system for placement in prepositioned stocks in Europe adds a new responsibility for AMC.

“When that comes in, we will add that to the systems, because the chief has directed that our most modernized equipment will be forward in these sets because they’re the sets that are going to go to combat,” Perna said. “We want the soldiers to fall in on the best equipment, the most modernized equipment.”

Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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