Due to national interest, ammunition management is a high priority from the DOD level down to the
individual soldier. Each command or activity has its own responsibility and mission within the
In October 1975, the Secretary of Defense assigned the Secretary of the Army as the SMCA. The
SMCA mission is to manage the full-scale procurement and production of all assigned conventional
ammunition items. The objectives of this assignment are as follows:
Achieve the highest possible degree of efficiency and effectiveness in DOD ammunition
Integrate conventional ammunition logistics functions of the military departments to the maximum
Maintain the integrated production and logistics base necessary to meet the ammunition
requirements of peacetime, mobilization, surge, and sustained wartime operations.
To accomplish these missions, the SMCA is responsible for managing, operating, and maintaining the
inventory of ammunition for the DOD. This responsibility includes the following functions:
Inventory management of assets.
Maintenance, packaging, and protection of assets.
Demilitarization and disposal of assets.
Custody of all SMCA assets.
DA is also responsible for other related areas of ammunition management to include the following:
Industrial preparedness planning.
Transportation and traffic management.
Modernization and expansion of ammunition installations and facilities.
Retail asset stratification data.
MAJOR CONUS COMMANDS
Army Materiel Command
The AMC is responsible for all Army materiel development activities. This responsibility extends
throughout the ten classes of supply. AMC's mission in support of Class V-related items is to equip and
sustain a trained, ready Army; to provide equipment and services to other nations; and to define,
develop, and acquire technologies for continued modernization (R&D). To accomplish this mission,
AMC relies on three of its 13 commodity commandsAMCCOM, DESCOM, and MICOM.
AMCCOM. AMCCOM serves as the primary field operating agency for accomplishing the SMCA
mission. It consists of 38 subordinate installations and activities located in 25 states. See Figure 15,
Page 22. To support R&D, AMCCOM has two research, development, and engineering centers.