U.S. Army Europe begins phasing in new system to streamline supply functions

November 21, 2011

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

Keeping heroes active
Senior leaders within U.S. Army Europe attend a briefing on a new system designed to streamline the Army’s supply system.

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Senior leaders from U.S. Army Europe came together here Nov. 14 for a briefing on a new system designed to streamline the Army’s supply system.

The Global Combat Support System-Army should increase visibility of supply actions. To help those who will use the system, a team is travelling to commands across Europe, showing how the system operates and giving leaders time to develop steps to implement it.

The GCSS-Army should improve the supply process from orders to storage, Russ Carter, chief of the logistics division GCSS-Army, told leaders during his briefing here.

The new logistics business enterprise system is expected to yield savings of more than $2 billion in inventory reductions alone, according to a testimony presented by Lt. Gen. Mitchell Stevenson, the Department of the Army director of logistics (G4) to the House Armed Service Committee Sep. 15. GCSS-Army will also eliminate 40,000 separate software programs and databases now in use that are costly to maintain and provide an inaccurate financial picture.

“GCSS-Army anticipates, allocates and synchronizes the flow of resources in support of combatant commanders and provides near-real-time and highly accurate visibility of assets and costs required to support missions and sustainment,” said Col. Steven Shapiro, chief of USAREUR’s logistics division (G4).

The system will affect all operators of current logistics information systems at the tactical and installation levels, logistics experts said, including operators using the Standard Army Retail Supply System, Standard Army Maintenance System and the Property Book Unit Supply Enhanced.  

USAREUR is scheduled to field the first wave of the system in fiscal year 2013 through fiscal year 2014 and the second wave in 2015 through 2017, Shapiro said.

During the first wave the SARSS, tactical and nontactical, and the Tactical Finance Systems will be migrated to GCSS-Army. In the second wave the PBUSE, Standard Army Maintenance System-Enhanced and Standard Army Maintenance System Integrated Enhanced will be migrated to an integrated modular system known as Enterprise Resource Planning as part of USAREUR’s effort to realign with the Army’s costs savings initiatives.

For more information on the GCSS-Army system visit https://gcss.army.mil/.