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Adaptive Logistics (AL)

What is it? 
The AL initiative demonstrates the use of intelligent agent technology and cognitive decision support tools. This will improve situational understanding by monitoring and synthesizing large volumes of data from disparate sources.  This capability will rapidly provide options to help facilitate decision-making and has the potential to change the way logisticians do business.  The objectives of AL are to:

  • Achieve asset and event visibility throughout the enterprise from the point of need to the strategic base.
  • Achieve data standardization by leveraging Common Logistics Operating Environment standards.
  • Employ commercial-off-the-shelf or high technology developmental products to bind logistics decisions with operations plans/execution, and achieve Joint collaboration and command and control.

What is the Army doing?   
The U.S. Army Logistics Innovation Agency (LIA) has demonstrated an adaptive logistics capability tool, integrated within the Battle Command Sustainment Support System, which showed that intelligent agent software could improve decision support at the theater level by automatically synthesizing information from disparate sources, providing options, generating theater distribution plans, and re-planning in reaction to unforeseen events.  The concept is now being extended to the strategic level.  The LIA is working with the Army Materiel Command Army Sustainment Command (AMC-ASC) and the Logistics Support Activity (LOGSA) to utilize software agents to assist ASC with its field-level reset mission planning.  Field-level reset is work performed to correct equipment faults as described in technical manuals for the equipment’s level of maintenance.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future? 
The ultimate objective is integration with LOGSA’s Logistics Information Warehouse capability which will allow logisticians at all levels to take advantage of this exciting and powerful new technology.  The LIA continues to work with LOGSA and the Army G-4 to explore utilizing intelligent agent software to enhance the capabilities of the 360 Degree Logistics Readiness business intelligence applications.  In addition, the program manager for Transportation Information Systems has expressed interest in using intelligent agents to provide transportation personnel options for facilitating distribution and deployment planning.  These two demonstrations are currently planned for the 3rd and 4th Quarters, FY09, respectively.

Why is this important to the Army?  
Intelligent agents have the capability to mine and fuse data from thousands of disparate sources within seconds or minutes; creating an initial analysis of the data to provide courses of action to facilitate decision making.  The AL initiative lays the foundation for an effects-based, and ultimately a “predict and pre-empt,” environment where the Army and Joint data are fused to provide a complete picture to all personnel in the operating environment.  This capability has the potential to better synchronize logistics support within the larger military decision support process, enable logisticians and customers to see operational requirements in near real-time, and sustain the Joint Force commander at the point of need. 

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