Common Logistics Operating Environment
What is it?
The “Common Logistics Operating Environment (CLOE)” is the Army Campaign Plan initiative to synchronize logistics concepts, organizational approaches, information, and a new generation of technologies into a single operational and technical architecture for current and future force structures. The ultimate goal is to enable war fighters and logisticians at all levels to have total situational awareness within a common operating picture for all aspects of logistics, from factory to foxhole. At the same time, war fighters and logisticians will have a single set of interfaces for “business” processes such as calls for support, requisitions of supplies, in-transit visibility, and domain-wide total asset visibility—all supporting a unity of effort and enabling rapid, precise response across a wide range of military operations. CLOE is an ambitious collaborative initiative to synchronize multiple programs so that emerging logistics transformation concepts and processes work seamlessly end to end. The technologies that constitute CLOE mark a step change in sustainment processes. These enablers have the potential to substantially improve agility and effectiveness, and provide major increases in the Commander’s situational awareness and the unit’s combat power.
What has the Army done?
Using tests, demonstrations, simulations, user assessments, and proofs of enablers, CLOE has provided the data needed to design a robust logistics operating environment, validate the integrated logistics architecture, demonstrate the capabilities required to implement the operating environment across the logistics domain, and identify the resources, schedule drivers, and integration needed for Army-wide implementation. The Army Integrated Logistics Architecture (AILA) has been collaboratively developed from the platform level, and is now being extended to the national level. The potential of CLOE enablers to increase mission readiness, improve situational awareness, and lower the cost of sustaining military vehicles, aircraft, equipment, and weapons was demonstrated in both a ground vehicle and an aviation proof-of-enabler demonstration. Program and product managers are building CLOE capabilities into current force platforms, command and control systems, and business systems, and having those enhanced capabilities incrementally implemented with the scheduled Army software blocking process.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The CLOE effort will continue to expand the AILA beyond the tactical level to address the national level and portions of the Joint architecture. The AILA will be used to support the Army’s Condition-Based Maintenance Plus initiative. CLOE will continue to support the Combined Arms Support Command, the Training and Doctrine Command, and the program managers in the Joint Capabilities Integration Development System. Concurrently, it will provide doctrinal and policy recommendations to synchronize business processes, architectures, and field implementations to enable interoperability of current platforms with the future force. Architecture support and collaborative efforts will be provided for ground operational evaluations, the Army–U.S. Marine Corps joint proof-of-enabler demonstration, and other efforts as required.
Why is this important to the Army?
At the national level, CLOE-enabled data flows will enable fleet trending and analysis, reliability growth, adjustments to maintenance programs, and true prognostic capabilities that will leverage information resources to provide substantially better and more cost-effective sustainment support. The data will also support configuration management and failure analysis, as well as adjustments to stock levels and consumable requirements. Additionally, CLOE-enabled capabilities will assist performance-based Logistics by providing contractors the information necessary to optimize system readiness. CLOE provides operational forces an automated means of collecting and reporting platform status. It establishes commonality among standards, data, and information exchange requirements within logistics business processes. Its operational relevance, or military utility, lies in its providing Commanders and staff with a capability for monitoring, in near–real time, the operating status of designated weapon systems and platforms, both ground and aviation. CLOE is essential for net-centric logistics and, more important, 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.
Dr. Miranda Keeney (717) 770-7600