Plan CENTAUR, Army’s reform program to improve Land materiel effectiveness, has been approved to undertake its final 18-months of work to implement reforms that have been directed or recommended through the Program’s lifespan.

COL Colin Blyth, Director CENTAUR, said that work undertaken by the Program to date has set the conditions for reform to occur and projects completed in previous stages have developed capabilities to enable structural changes to be made.

“The reforms are designed to support a modernised Land Force and inform the decisions about introducing new capability – ensuring support systems are by design, not default. Army is improving its Smart Buyer credentials to ensure capability risks are understood and that Land materiel is affordable in the future,” COL Blyth said.

Projects undertaken in the most recent stage of the Program include:

  • Land Maintenance Strategy: A strategic framework that articulates how Land materiel maintenance is performed was agreed by CASAC on 27 July.
  • Activity Based Equipment Management – PMV Optimisation: An analysis of Army’s requirements for the Protected Mobility Vehicle fleet and developing options to address sustainment costs.
  • Enhanced Maintenance Decisions Part 2: Development of version 1 of a visual support tool to provide commanders and planners with future equipment demand and availability data fused from ACMS and MILIS.
  • Maintenance Task Analysis: Conducting and implementing Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) activities on selected systems and sub-systems for M1A1 Abrams. This activity will adjust Tank maintenance and operating procedures to suit to our unique environmental conditions and usage.
  • FORGEN Demand Part 2: Defining the asset usage of major fleets across 7 Brigade.

Commencing in August and structured around three Lines of Effort (LOE), work on CENTAUR’s final stage will include:

LOE1 – Enhancing Decision Making: Tools that synchronise forecasting, usage and maintenance/reliability data to inform acquisition, sustainment and operational decision making.

  • Strategic Asset Management – provide those responsible for delivering Land capability with synthesised data to support Army’s development of the capability requirement, the allocation of sustainment resources and management of risks.
  • Activity Based Equipment Forecasting – generate accurate and enduring forecast of Land materiel requirements that are aligned to the achievement of directed outputs to support efficient use and improved sustainment practices.
  • Enhanced Decision Support Tools – provide improved visual support tools with business intelligence views to support daily decision making from unit to SPO on expanded fleets, with fused ACMS demand against MILIS actuals, and a predictive maintenance liability modelling function.

LOE2 – Modernise the Maintenance System: Align vehicle fleet, trades and skills to future requirements.

  • Support to Employment Category Reviews (ECR) – provide support to Employment Category Sponsors to meet Army’s future technical workforce requirements by aligning skills and training to enable the 2030 Land force.
  • Combat System Support (CSS) Collective Training – ensure consistent CSS training activities, using technical and tactical requirements to prepare and certify CSS elements to achieve directed outputs.
  • Maintenance Task Analysis – finalise the Maintenance Task Analysis (MTA) on M1A1 to remove unnecessary maintenance tasks and increase vehicle availability and complete MTA on the L121 Ph3B truck fleet.

LOE3 – Reducing the Cost of Ownership: Optimising fleet size, basis of issues and support arrangements to achieve directed capability requirements.

  • Transition PMV-M fleet – Development of a transition plan to adjust the fleet to an agreed 2023 end state.
  • Vehicle Systems Review – A top down review of the vehicle system requirement to better match vehicle allocation with directed outputs and to subsequently adjust support arrangement.

CENTAUR reforms will transfer to Business as Usual organisations including Army commands, JLC and CIOG no later than December 2019.

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