Information Papers

Logistics Automation

What is it?
Today, the Logistics Domain supports the force with the current information technology (IT) logistics structure while it transforms for the future. Army logistics is transitioning from numerous independent and stand-alone IT systems to an integrated end-to-end system operating in a net-centric environment. The Army is developing a comprehensive view of all logistics IT systems and applications as it centralizes existing and future requirements across the Logistics and other Army Domains. The end state will be a results-oriented logistics capability in support of the Soldier.

What has the Army done?
The Army Logistics Domain has developed a strategy to meet Soldier needs with current logistics IT systems, bridging to enhanced capabilities in the near term while deliberately moving to modernized Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) capabilities for the long term. The core building block of this plan is the Single Army Logistics Enterprise, which will provide information superiority through real-time visibility of personnel, equipment, and supplies anywhere in the distribution pipeline and within the battle space.

The Battle Command Sustainment Support System continued fielding systems to the established Basis of Issue, achieving 55 percent total fielding, which represented about 90 percent of the active component. Transportation Coordinator’s Automated Information for Movements System II Block 3 development and testing was completed.

The fielding of Property Book Unit Supply–Enhanced (PBUSE) to replace the unit level logistics system was completed prior to the end of FY07, and the effort to replace the defense property accounting system with PBUSE in non-deploying units exceeded 60 percent in FY07. Replacement of manual property books and major Army Command unique accounting systems is under way. At the current rate, the Army will have a modernized Web-based property accountability system by the end of FY08.

The fielding of the Standard Army Maintenance System–Enhanced (SAMS-E) to the total Army reached 40 percent complete at the end of FY07, and we are on track to complete fielding to the operational Army prior to December 2009.

The Army’s new aviation maintenance system, Unit Level Logistics System–Aviation Enhanced (ULLS-A[E]), is nearly complete for active component aviation brigades for FY07 and will be complete for the operational Army by December 2008 for the rotary wing fleet.

The Logistics Modernization Program achieved FY06 year-end financial certification and was certified as substantially compliant with the Federal Financial Management Improvement Act.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Bridging systems will continue to be fielded to provide immediate capability to support our Soldiers. Enhancements to bridging systems will be controlled via logistics governance processes, well documented, scrutinized in budgets, and tracked with appropriate metrics for performance to meet stringent guidelines of the Army leaders and the planning, programming, budgeting, and execution process.

By the end of FY08, the Army will begin to discontinue the Standard Army Maintenance System–Installation/Table of Distribution and Allowance systems. This will move us closer to an integrated logistics enterprise. In addition, PBUSE, ULLS-A(E) and SAMS-E will continue to be fielded, as well as satellite communications, Battle Command Sustainment Support System, and components of the Field Transportation Coordinator Automated Information for Movement System II. Lastly, the Army will continue to develop the Logistics Information Warehouse to enable efficient and effective operations using business intelligence tools for authoritative data sourcing.

Simultaneously, the Army will continue to deploy ERP solutions. The Logistics Modernization Program will be expanded to include the Army Aviation and Missile Command and related support installations in FY09, and preparation for planned enterprise expansions to support national Army logistics in the succeeding years will continue. There are also plans to extend the Logistics Modernization Program functionality to the Installation Fixed Base level in support of industrial base operations for Army Materiel Command depots. Global Combat Support System–Army continues to build for success, allowing the Army to integrate additional capability and upgrades.

Why is this important to the Army?
To build and sustain logistics readiness, the Army must transform logistics processes and accompanying IT capabilities; implementing the Single Army Logistics Enterprise will accomplish this goal. It will allow logisticians to gather accurate, timely, and actionable information to anticipate and confirm operational requirements and provide agile logistics readiness and capabilities to support the Army’s global strategy. To deliver logistics capability, the Army continues to leverage the strengths of our Joint and strategic partners while providing effective and efficient reach-back response capability to the national industrial and strategic mobility base.

Today’s Army must effectively and efficiently improve sustainment processes and methods through the use of logistics automation solutions that support the procurement and rapid fielding of proven materiel and technology solutions. Recognizing the impact on our Joint partners, we will continue to ensure that logistics information systems seamlessly interface with associated systems in other missions/domains or functional areas and with other key development efforts. We will continue to seek solutions that meet and comply with a broad range of Department of the Army and Office of the Secretary of Defense requirements.

Mr. Kirk Hamlett