DoD logistics information system transfers to CECOM software center
August 13, 2009
- The Army's logistics information systems are essential to increasing combat effectiveness.
- Logistics systems play a vital role in managing supplies, equipment, maintenance and ammunition.
- Key factors in the transfer included testing facilities, contracting efficiencies and information assurance.
FORT LEE, Va. - It will be a bit of a homecoming when sustainment and system management responsibilities for one of the Department of Defense's primary logistics information systems transfer this fall from an Army systems acquisitions organization to one dedicated to life-cycle sustainment.
The system, the Standard Army Management Information System (STAMIS) will transfer from Project Manager Logistics Information Systems (PM LIS) to the CECOM Life Cycle Management Command Software Engineering Center, Fort Lee, (SEC-Lee), where support for STAMIS dates back to 1974.
The transition plan calls for two phases, the second to be completed in October.
The Army's logistics information systems are essential to increasing combat effectiveness. They play a vital, time-sensitive role in managing supplies, equipment, maintenance and ammunition as well as enabling rapid reallocation of resources to sustain troops in peace and war.
"The entire SEC-Lee force is ecstatic about the STAMIS sustainment mission," said Gary Lichvar, business mission area director, SEC.
"They feel that the systems have gone full circle and are now returning home. In many cases the original functional and technical personnel still work on the system today, so there is a unique bond among the systems, the personnel and the Soldiers they support," said Lichvar.
The key factors in the decision to transfer were testing facilities, contracting efficiencies, information assurance, and Customer Assistance Office support. The change also allows the Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems to focus resources on future systems, such as the Global Combat Support System-Army (GCSS-Army). Meanwhile, major elements of the Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) acquisition for GCSS-Army require immediate attention.
Coordination and staffing for the transition plan was extensive.
The plan was approved in December after coordination among Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), Army G4, Army Materiel Command (AMC), and the Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM). After the plan was coordinated, it was signed by PEO EIS Director, Gary Winkler and SEC Director Nelson Keeler.
Phase I, which was completed in January, transferred operational control of the Standard Army Retail Supply System (SARSS) family (SARSS-1, SARSS 2AC/B, SARSS-Gateway, and SARSS-CTASC II), the Standard Army Maintenance System (SAMS) family (SAMS-1, SAMS-2, and SAMS-I/TDA), the Unit Level Logistics System (ULLS) family (ULLS-G and ULLS-A), and the Standard Army Ammunition System-Modernization (SAAS-MOD).
Phase II will transfer full sustainment management responsibility for the Property Book Unit Supply Enhanced (PBUSE), Standard Army Maintenance System Enhanced (SAMS-E), Standard Army Maintenance System Installation Enhanced (SAMS-IE), Financial Management Tactical Platform (FMTP), and the Unit Level Logistics System-Aviation Enhanced (ULLS-AE).
Additionally, management of the Software Integration Lab (SIL) at Fort Hood, Texas, and the Systems Integration Facility (SIF) in Chester, Va., will transfer to SEC-Lee.
The SIL is the integration test center for PEO EIS Logistics systems, and SEC-Lee is working with CASCOM to expand the SIL to encompass integration testing of all Army Automated Logistics Systems under the Federated Labs operations at Fort Lee.
"SEC-Lee supports both the Department of Defense and the Department of the Army operating agencies and program executive offices," said Ricky Daniels, SEC-Lee director.
"We manage the functional and technical definition, design, development, testing, training, extension, and support of assigned STAMIS, Automation Information Systems and automation projects throughout all phases of the automation life cycle," said Daniels.
"Logistics information technology enables the asset visibility that provides the Army with more timely, accurate, and decisive decision-making capabilities," said Daniels. "Our vision is to be the leading software center of excellence dedicated to satisfying our customers with quality information systems, services, and products."
(This article appeared in Spectra, the magazine of the CECOM Life Cycle Management Command. To access the full issue in PDF format, 3.2 megabytes, click on the link appearing in the "Related Links" box at the start of the article.)