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Army Integrated Logistics Architecture (AILA)

What is it?
The AILA is the Army’s designated overarching logistics architecture and provides the means to move and translate data into meaningful information from multiple sources. In order to establish the required global visibility of logistics information within the logistics domain and the larger Army and Joint environments, an end-to-end architecture must be defined and integrated. The AILA spans from the tactical through strategic echelons and supports a Joint integrated environment. The AILA informs, guides, and supports decisions for the Single Army Logistics Enterprise (SALE) and assists the Army logistics community in achieving integration and interoperability in both the logistics and war fighter domains. The AILA is compliant with the Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF) 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 is continuing to integrate the logistics architecture to establish operational framework and baseline technical standards to enable an end-to-end, common logistics information enterprise. This effort continues to perform research and analysis of evolving Army/Joint operating, functional and integrating concepts and doctrine to collect, organize, correlate and store source data required to meet the purpose and objectives of the architecture. In doing so, this effort is producing the Army’s Common Logistics Operating Environment (CLOE) to provide an Army/Joint methodology that defines the focused logistics vision and synchronizes individual embedded diagnostic and prognostics 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. To guide the transition effort of the U.S. Training and Doctrine Command’s (TRADOC) current modular force architecture, the AILA was designated in December 2007 as the logistics model to be used.

What continued efforts does Army have planned for the future?
The Army will continue to develop the AILA with all stakeholders, to include national level activities and interoperability with the other services. AILA will:

  • Facilitate the implementation of embedded platform health management and true prognostics capabilities and will enable current force platforms to operate along side Future Combat Systems (FCS) enabled platforms.
  • Continue to expand beyond the tactical and operational levels to address the national level and identify touch points with the other services, which will enable an integrated Joint architecture.
  • Establish a methodology for moving platform data from a “product-centric” focus to a “data-centric” focus that will identify the means to analyze and use the data that resides in the AILA.
  • Continue to influence future sustainment processes as the Army develops common automation processes necessary to become faster, simpler, more agile, more responsive, and more flexible.
  • Support the reduction of stove-piped information technology 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.
  • Continue to be used to define the technical and situational data information movement from the platform to data repositories necessary for the Army’s condition based maintenance plus effort.

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 which is necessary to provide net-centric logistics, and more importantly the larger migration to DoD’s future Net-Enabled Command Capability (NECC), the next generation command and control system, and Net-Enabled Battle Command, the Army’s component of NECC. It provides the roadmap to efficiently and effectively design, resource, modify, and employ logistics information systems to move and use digital information enablers across the Army common operating environment.

POC: Ms. K. Halloran 703-805-5273

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