Logistics Innovation Agency
December 20, 2010
<b>Logistics Innovation Agency</b>
<b>What is it' </b>
The U.S. Army Logistics Innovation Agency (LIA) is the field operating agency of the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4. LIA's mission is to provide innovative solutions for improved Logistics readiness, and our vision is to be the logistics innovation leader. To achieve this mission and vision, LIA combines premier processes and robust analytical test beds to explore and analyze new ideas.
<b>What is the Army doing' </b>
LIA has five focus areas: Logistics Science and Technology Demonstrations; Unmanned Systems for Logistics; Common Logistics Operating Environment (CLOE); Energy; Data Fusion. Recent accomplishments include development of by LIA and fielding by the program manager, of a Low Cost Low Altitude parachute drop capability, and development and current demonstration of a Freedrop Packaging Concept Project (dropping supplies without a parachute), which make it possible to resupply outposts in austere locations. The agency is also demonstrating the Next Generation Wireless Communications and Smart Container capabilities, which enable near real time visibility of assets. The CLOE team is developing a holistic approach to the integration of logistics and command and control information systems that provide platform health, sustainment forecasting and planning data from the platform to the national level.
<b>What continuing efforts does the Army plan for the future' </b>
LIA is also actively exploring new and emerging technologies in the areas of energy, unmanned systems and data fusion. LIA's Energy project, in coordination with key stakeholders, is investigating energy efficiencies through projects such as the Smart and Green Energy (SAGE) for base camps and Thermo-Electric Generator (TEG) projects, both currently in the design phase. These initiatives will use cutting edge technology, taking advantage of DoE and NASA research. SAGE will demonstrate up to a 60 percent reduction in the amount of fuel required to power contingency bases by employing smart micro-grids, energy efficient shelters, and renewable energy technologies. TEG will allow small units in austere environments to recharge approximately eight batteries per hour using a lightweight, man-portable 600 watt thermo-electric generator.
<b>Why is it important to the Army' </b>
LIA initiatives provide the foundation for continued advances in logistics. LIA enhances logistics business processes through technology insertions and analytical expertise, following a trajectory of discovery, exploration and demonstration to achieve logistics capabilities that are helping the Army solve today's greatest challenges, such as reducing fuel consumption, while preparing for a complex operating environment of the future.
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