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Leadership Teaming Communication Employee Support Strategic Thinking Organizational Climate Ground Systems Industrial Enterprise Transforming the Industrial Base T ank-automotive & A rmaments COM mand Outline GSIE overview, capabilities, and intent

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ground systems industrial enterprise




Employee Support

Strategic Thinking

Organizational Climate

Ground Systems Industrial Enterprise

Transforming the Industrial Base

Tank-automotive & Armaments COMmand

  • GSIE overview, capabilities, and intent
  • Initiatives to date
  • Legislative reform
  • Financial reform
  • Lean initiatives
  • Workforce revitalization
  • Infrastructure reduction
  • Summary
gsie overview
GSIE Overview
  • Combines the capabilities of Anniston, Red River, and Sierra Army Depots, Rock Island and Watervliet Arsenals, and the Lima Army Tank Plant into a single Enterprise
  • Designed to leverage the capabilities of the ground systems industrial base
  • Goal is to continuously improve support to soldiers while reducing the cost of products and services to a level comparable with industry without the need for subsidies
gsie capabilities
GSIE Capabilities
  • Engineering and Prototyping
  • Manufacturing
  • Maintenance and Overhaul
  • Field Services

Engineering and Prototyping

  • Product Design and Development
    • Rapid Prototyping
    • System/Component Simulation
    • CAD/CAM/CIM (Unigraphics/ProE/Autocad)
    • Dynamic/Stress Analysis
  • Material Testing
    • Chemical Analysis
    • Oil and Lubrication
    • Metallurgical/Rubber
  • Manufacturing Support
    • Product Redesign/Improvement
    • Lean/Six Sigma/ABC


  • Precision Machining
    • 7-axis Machining Centers
    • CNC/Automated Cellular/Flexible Machining
  • Fabrication/Assembly
    • Welding (Robotic, Submerged, Orbital, etc.)
    • Ferrous, Non-Ferrous, Composites, Rubber, and Titanium
  • Casting/Forging
    • Cannon Tubes
    • Ferrous, Non-Ferrous, and Titanium
  • Heat Treatment/Plating/Finishes
    • Cylinder/Cannon Tube Chrome Plating
    • Chemical Agent Resistive Coating (CARC) Painting
  • Tool, Die, and Gage

Maintenance and Overhaul

  • Systems/Subsystems Support
    • Wheeled and Tracked Vehicles
    • Self-Propelled and Towed Artillery
    • Small Arms and Mortars
    • Major Subsystems (engines, transmissions, etc.)
  • Optics/Electronics
    • Night Vision
    • Radiological
    • Circuit Cards
  • Unique Processes
    • Robotic Metal Spray
    • Rubber Denuding
  • Testing
    • Gymnastication/Live-Fire/Test Track
    • Engine/Transmission/Hydraulic Component Test Facilities

Field Support

  • Forward Repair Facilities/Teams
    • Modifications/Upgrades
    • Failure Analysis
    • Testing (laboratory and simulation)
  • Spare/Repair Parts
    • Reverse Engineering
    • Rapid Prototyping
  • Receipt, Storage, and Issue of Equipment
    • Manual and Automated Storage/Retrieval Systems
    • Open-air and Enclosed Facilities
    • Environmentally Controlled and High Desert Storage
capabilities summary
Capabilities Summary
  • Cradle to grave capability
    • Full range of processes and materials
    • Current, interim, and future systems
    • Leading edge of new technologies
  • Partnerships to meet the Warfighter’s needs
    • Private industry
    • Win-win for government and industry
  • Flexible infrastructure
    • Ability to meet any requirement
gsie intent
GSIE Intent
  • To grow the workload at each installation, not rearrange existing workload
  • To clarify and simplify the rules under which we operate
  • To make the rules applicable to all
  • To advance public/private partnerships
  • To increase efficiency
  • To reduce capital expenditures
initiatives to date
Initiatives to Date
  • Established organization 7 October 2002
  • Formed Corporate Board of Directors and Leadership Council
  • Approved as Business Initiatives Council (BIC) initiative (legislative and financial reform)
  • Implementing lean and other efficiencies
  • Revitalizing the workforce
  • Focusing on quality
  • Integrating engineering and production
  • Pursuing additional workload
  • Looking at footprint reductions
legislative reform
Legislative Reform
  • 11 statutes currently affect business, 3 prominently
  • Introduced by different Congressmen for different reasons
  • All offer benefits for some installations, but not all
  • Variance causes confusion, uncertainty, and program delays
  • New legislation being offered that combines the best of each into a single statute
  • Clarifies the rules and applies them to everyone
  • Intended to facilitate more public/private partnerships
    • Firm fixed prices, multi-year contracts, variable costing
financial reform
Financial Reform

14 Army Working Capital Fund (AWCF) Business Initiatives Council (BIC) reforms

  • Examples
    • Return of financial gain
    • Capital investment authority
    • Depreciation rules
    • Capacity measurement
    • Removal of material costs from rates
    • Metrics

Sample of Lean Projects





  • Eliminating excess handling and eliminating non-value added movement of materials
  • Cost avoidance: $4.2M
  • Turn-around Time: 62 days down to 36 days
  • Labor efficiency: 33% Improvement
  • Now, AVDS 1790 is part of entire reciprocating engine process, exporting gains to 6V53, M903, 8V71, and APU.



  • Travel distance reduced by 35%
  • Labor efficiency: 14% Improvement





  • Cost avoidance: T-53 and 81mm Mortar with a savings of $330K.
  • Weapon System Lead Time process will use 120mm M256 Cannon as pilot project to reduce weapon system lead times
  • Cost avoidance: $4.3M
  • Monthly output up 30%
  • Labor hours per engine: 34% reduction
staffing initiatives and workforce revitalization efforts
Staffing Initiatives andWorkforce Revitalization Efforts
  • LEAN staffing process
    • Reviewing each vacancy at command level
    • Reallocating or reengineering as required
    • Targeting 2 for 3 direct replacements and 1 for 3 indirect
  • Workforce revitalization
    • Apprentice program
    • Co-op program
    • Student employment program
    • Worker trainees
    • Temporary hires and terms employees to enhance flexibility
  • Efforts and results
    • Working toward 75/25 percent direct/indirect ratio
    • Reducing average age of employees
    • Reducing average length of service
  • Trends going in right direction
examples of infrastructure reductions
Examples of Infrastructure Reductions
  • Watervliet Arsenal
    • 290,000 square feet of floor space
    • 525 pieces of industrial plant equipment
    • Potential for more
  • Rock Island Arsenal
    • 700,000 square feet of floor space
    • 683 pieces of industrial plant equipment
  • Leverages the government-owned industrial capability
  • Grows the workload at each installation
  • Reduces unit prices to customer
  • Eliminates the need for any subsidy
  • Revitalizes the workforce
  • Fosters more public/private partnerships