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Common Logistics Operating Environment (CLOE)

What is it?
The CLOE is the Army G-4's initiative to synchronize logistics concepts, architectures, organizations, and a new generation of technologies into an integrated, net-centric logistics domain. The CLOE documents the Army's logistics information infrastructure, from the weapon system up through the national level. It provides Soldiers, logisticians, and commanders with logistics situational awareness, substantially improved agility, effectiveness, and increased unit combat power. The ultimate goal is to enable operational commanders 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, they will have a single set of interfaces to "business" processes such as calls for support, requisitioning an item from supply, in-transit visibility of equipment, and domain-wide total asset visibility that supports unity of effort and enables rapid, precise response across a wide range of military operations. These processes are described in the CLOE Operational Concept Descriptions (OCD) which detail the collection of essential logistics data from selected platforms/systems and passing it to key information collection and decision-making nodes within the unit or Brigade Combat Team.

At the national level, CLOE-enabled data flows will enhance 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 (PBL) by providing contractors the information necessary to optimize system readiness. The CLOE technologies mark a step change in sustainment processes that will enable improvements in vehicle readiness, availability, and mission performance by providing commanders, operators, and maintainers enhanced capabilities to monitor and assess mission critical data onboard the platform.

What has the Army done?
The Army is developing an enterprise environment that will integrate logistics command and control information systems to automatically produce, consume, and propagate data. By employing common data models and standards, operational concepts and information exchange requirements can be standardized for the current and future force that are compliant with DoD and Army net-centric directives. The Army Integrated Logistics Architecture (AILA) has been collaboratively developed from the platform/tactical level, and is extending to the national level. Using tests, demonstrations, simulations, user assessments, and proofs of enablers, enable CLOE to provide 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 to identify the resources, schedule drivers, and integration needed for Army-wide implementation. 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 (PM) are building CLOE capabilities into current force platforms, command and control systems, and business systems, incrementally implemented with the scheduled Army software blocking process. Draft Army policy has been developed that establishes CLOE as the Army's logistics processes required for establishing net-centricity in the Defense Logistics and Global Supply Chain Management System.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The most significant changes will occur in materiel, with hardware and software enablers required on platforms and in command centers to implement the CLOE. Investments are needed to develop, purchase, field, and support the enablers. The CLOE effort is coordinating and synchronizing future efforts with PM Heavy Brigade Combat Team (HBCT), focusing on their emerging Vehicle Health Management System to achieve commonality across the HBCT suite of platforms and systems and integrate future technologies; thus increasing mission readiness and interoperability. Concurrently, it will continue to employ the AILA to support the Army's Condition Based Maintenance Plus (CBM+) initiative, expanding it beyond the tactical level to address the national level and identify touch points with other services, thus enabling an integrated Joint architecture. The CLOE will continue to support the Combined Arms Support Command of the Army Training and Doctrine Command, and the PM in the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) process using the CLOE Operational Concept Descriptions (OCD) to describe CLOE in terms of user needs, relationship to existing systems or procedures, and the use and employment of CLOE enablers, provide doctrinal and policy recommendations to synchronize business processes, architectures, and field implementations to enable interoperability of current platforms with the Future Force. The Army continues to plan an interoperability demonstration with the Marine Corps scheduled for First Quarter, FY09, with the potential to establish the standards for net-centric Joint interoperability, common technical standards, and business processes across the services. The Army has also been asked to support the Marine Corps in development of a JCIDS initial Capability Document for Sense and Respond Logistics; providing an opportunity to leverage the results of the interoperability demonstration.

Why is this important to the Army?
The CLOE provides operational forces an automated means to collect and report platform-status, reducing the logistics reporting requirements on the Soldier. The CLOE includes a suite of materiel and non-materiel enablers that will be employed by the Army to capture, store, retrieve, and utilize logistics data from battlefield operating systems in both wartime and peacetime. It integrates logistics and command and control information systems that automatically produce, consume, and propagate sustainment-focused near-real-time data-from "the foxhole to the factory." CLOE will be employed at the tactical level, down to the individual legacy and emerging selected Army ground and aviation tactical equipment. 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. The CLOE effort will identify the timeline and operational requirements for the development of the CBM+ capabilities from the present to the 2015 timeframe, and establish/revise policy that reflects CBM+ requirements

POC: Dr. Miranda Keeney (717) 770-7600

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