JOINT MUNITIONS & LETHALITY LIFE CYCLE MANAGEMENT COMMAND BRIEF HISTORY
The Joint Munitions & Lethality Life Cycle Management Command (JM&L LCMC) is
co-located at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, and Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois.
The JM&L LCMC aligns three organizations that execute the Army’s munitions and
lethality mission: the Joint Program Executive Office Armaments & Ammunition (JPEO Armaments &
Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC) and the Joint
Munitions Command (JMC). The commitment of JPEO Armaments &
Ammunition’s acquisition professionals,
ARDEC’s science and technology workforce, and JMC’s logistics and sustainment
experts generate the success behind the JM&L LCMC.
The concept for the JM&L LCMC began in August 2004, when the Assistant Secretary
of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASAALT) and the U.S. Army
Materiel Command (AMC) commander agreed to formalize the Army’s life cycle
management initiative in order to supply warfighters faster, improve products,
and minimize life-cycle costs. The key to the initiative was the integration of
significant elements of acquisition, logistics and technology leadership to
strengthen the relationship between AMC, its Major Subordinate Commands (MSCs)
and the Program Executive Officers (PEO). The collaboration was enabled by the
establishment of Life Cycle Management Commands, aligning AMC system-oriented
MSCs with the PEOs they already supported. The Joint Munitions and Lethality
LCMC was established on 30 November 2006. The JM&L LCMC aligns the people,
organizations, infrastructure and processes necessary for effective life-cycle
management of conventional munitions for the warfighter. The JM&L LCMC provides
battlespace dominance for the warfighter through superior munitions.
The JM&L LCMC mission is to develop, acquire, field and sustain value-added
ammunition for joint warfighters through the integration of effective and timely
acquisition, logistics, and cutting-edge technology. The mission core
competencies include: research, development, and engineering; acquisition and
program management; logistics management; industrial operations; contracting;
serving as the Single Manager for Conventional Ammunition (SMCA) Executor and
Field Operating Activity; performing demilitarization and disposal of
unserviceable stocks; conducting industrial base management and executing
transformation; providing real time munitions readiness reporting; maintaining
worldwide asset visibility; centrally managing ammunition; and providing
integrated lethality solutions.
The JM&L LCMC has repeatedly demonstrated effective support to joint war fighters throughout
Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. Over the course of the wars, the JM&L LCMC
team fielded the Army’s first autonomous, cannon-fired, precision-guided 155mm artillery projectile.
The command worked urgently to bring 155mm infrared illumination rounds into production within sixty
days of the urgent material request from the Marines Corps. More than $12 million dollars in non-serviceable
coded ammunition was restored to issuable condition to meet ARFORGEN training and contingency out-load requirements.
In 2010, the LCMC fielded the 5.56mm Enhanced Performance Round which increased small caliber lethality and
effectiveness, and eliminated the use of lead to support the Army’s commitment to the environment. In sum,
intense ammunition management permitted 100% of ammunition requirements to be met throughout the past eight
years of conflict, while integrating new or improved items to increase capabilities to defeat enemy forces.