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Single Army Logistics Enterprise (SALE)

What is it?
The SALE is the Army component of the Department of Defense (DoD) logistics transformation effort to improve DoD wide logistics visibility, accountability, and interoperability. Logistics information technology solutions, under the SALE vision, align with the DoD's Business Enterprise Architecture and fulfill those defined critical combatant commander /Joint Chiefs of Staff (J4) requirements. The SALE characterizes the Army Logistics Transformation vision to move from today's environment of disconnected information systems and business processes to a fully integrated environment that provides near real-time global visibility of equipment, supply shipments, and associated finances. The SALE operational objective eliminates 18 aging Army logistics systems through a single internet accessible solution integrating the Army's national-level logistics system (Logistics Modernization Program) with the tactical-level logistics system Global Combat Support System - Army (GCSS-A). The SALE provides more efficient, streamlined, and integrated (tactical to national) end-to-end business process that fully support and sustain the warfighter.

The critical SALE interoperability enabler is the Army Enterprise Systems Integration Program (AESIP). The AESIP objective is to ensure uniform communication and data exchange across Army Business Enterprise (acquisition, logistics, finance, and human resources) systems, to include cross-Service data interoperability with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), United States Transportation Command, and the Global Combat Support System - Joint.

What has the Army done?
Substantial improvement in integration and logistic process improvement is currently resulting in enhanced property accountability and visibility; reduced numbers of disparate logistics information technology systems; and a solid systems architectural framework and integrated data warehouse for the future. The Army will continue to improve its efficiency and effectiveness over time to enhance the logistics domain's capacity to support and sustain global logistical operations while monitoring, assessing and reducing lifecycle cost. The Logistics Modernization Program (LMP) has been implemented across the United States Army Communication and Electronics Command, and is rigorously examining and implementing lessons learned. Recently, the GCSS-A successfully initiated an operational assessment of supply functionality within 11th Armored Cavalry Squadron at Fort Irwin, California.

What continued efforts does Army have planned for the future?
At the national level, the Army intends to continue to re-engineer logistics business processes based on lessons learned, consolidate information systems, and expand LMP into the United States Army Aviation and Missile Commands and their supporting depots, during the 2nd Quarter, FY09. The GCSS-A will continue to collaborate with the finance domain and the federated approach to integrate financial capabilities and data exchange. The objective is to link Soldiers and their weapon system platforms to the national level by integrating cross-exchange platform level data as part of the Common Logistics Operating Environment Condition Based Maintenance initiative. Finally, through enhanced capability of the logistics information warehouse the logistics domain will be able to store and share current and historical data, conduct improved trend analysis and forecasting, and optimize a robust suite of business intelligence tools at reduced cost for total logistics improvement initiatives.

Why is this important to the Army?
Implementation of SALE to full operational capability will provide DoD and the Army a single view of core transactional and authoritative logistics data for accessing, reporting and making crucial management decisions in support of global warfighting, crisis action and humanitarian missions. It will provide operational commanders at all levels:

  • timely and accurate in transit visibility shipments;
  • supply status detail of in-bound and on-hand equipment;
  • improved readiness reporting that supports decision support systems and analysis for reallocation, redeployment repair/rework;
  • replenishment of logistics equipment and materials via an integrated end-to-end business processes that enables national managers to maintain visibility;
  • control of property assets, products, systems and resources (classes of supply), to include the capability to track and monitor costs of logistics operations in support of the Army Force Generation process.

POC: Mr. Kirk Hamlett (703) 614-4045

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