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Lt. Gen. Duane Gamble: Army Funneling $800M for Organic Industrial Base Modernization

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Lt. Gen. Duane Gamble
Lt. Gen. Duane Gamble U.S. Army

Lt. Gen. Duane Gamble, deputy chief of staff, G-4, at the U.S. Army, said the service branch is investing $800 million to update its arsenals, ammunition plants and depots, DOD News reported Friday.

Gamble said at a hearing with the House Appropriations Subcommittee that the Army must work with the organic industrial base to lead efforts to modernize manufacturing facilities.

He noted that the service has executed workforce rejuvenation efforts and is looking into establishing a nitric acid complex within the Holston Army Ammunition Plant in Tennessee. 

Vice Adm. William Galinis, commander of Naval Sea Systems Command, said at the hearing that the service is continuing efforts to execute its Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Program and roll out its analytics-driven Naval Sustainment System-Shipyard effort.

Lt. Gen. Donald Kirkland, commander of the U.S. Air Force Sustainment Center, noted that the service has allocated over $2 billion over the past four fiscal years for depot modernization and is now looking to execute its 20-year OIB optimization plan.

Maj. Gen. Joseph Shrader, commanding general of the U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Command, testified that the service is working with the Department of Defense to leverage 5G for OIB modernization and supply-chain development.