Army Integrated Logistics Architecture
What is it?
In order to establish the required global visibility of logistics information within the logistics domain and within the larger Army and Joint environments, an end-to-end architecture must be defined and integrated. The Army Integrated Logistics Architecture (ALIA), the Army’s designated overarching logistics architecture, provides the means to move and translate data into meaningful information from multiple sources. The AILA spans the tactical and strategic echelons and supports a Joint integrated environment. It informs, guides, and supports decisions for the Single Army Logistics Enterprise and assists the Army logistics community in achieving integration and interoperability in the logistics and war-fighting domains. The AILA is compliant with the Department of Defense Architecture Framework and focuses on current and future concepts, their associated concepts of operations, service concepts, Army doctrine, and transformation of the total force. The AILA supports Army modularity and provides the framework for implementing net-centric warfare principles in the logistics domain. The AILA has been developed in a collaborative effort and continues to evolve.
What has the Army done?
The Army has integrated logistics architecture to establish an operational framework and baseline technical standards to enable a common, end-to-end logistics information enterprise. This effort involves continuing research and analysis of evolving Army and Joint operating, functional, and integrating concepts and doctrine focused on collecting, organizing, correlating, and storing source data required to meet the purpose and objectives of the architecture. The effort is producing the Army’s Common Logistics Operating Environment, which will provide an Army and Joint method that defines the focused logistics vision and synchronizes individual embedded diagnostic and prognostic efforts into a common architecture. This architecture effort synchronizes programs and enables them to work within a common framework to clearly define logistics processes and share awareness across the logistics domain for both logistics managers and operational commanders.
What continuing efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army will continue to collaboratively develop the AILA with all stakeholders, to include national-level activities and inoperability with the other services. This collaboration underscores the Army’s faith in the following practical effects of the AILA:
- It will facilitate the implementation of embedded-platform health management and true prognostic capabilities and will enable current-force platforms to operate alongside future combat system–enabled platforms.
- It will provide a method for moving platform data from a “product-centric” to a “data-centric” focus and will identify the means of analyzing and using the data that reside in the AILA.
- It will continue to influence sustainment processes as the Army develops common automation processes necessary to become faster, simpler, more agile, more responsive, and more flexible.
- It will support the reduction of stovepipe investments by identifying redundancies, enabling capability-focused investment strategies, and identifying opportunities for cross-domain integration to improve delivery of information technology–based capabilities to the Soldier.
Why is this important to the Army?
The AILA provides the Army with the capability to link the platform, the lowest level of the Army’s logistics network, with the enterprise necessary to provide net-centric logistics, and more important, the larger migration to the Department of Defense’s future Net-Enabled Command Capability (NECC), the next-generation command and control system, and the Net-Enabled Battle Command, the Army’s component of NECC.
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