REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The Secretary of the Army has directed the U.S. Army Materiel Command to continue developing the Logistics Information Warehouse as the Army's single authoritative source for all Army leaders to maintain situational awareness of equipment around the Army.

AMC's Logistics Support Activity manages the LIW, a repository for Army logistics data that will provide a common location for all Army materiel stakeholders to access, acquire and deliver data and information for managing Army materiel.

"The Army's new approach for managing materiel is being designed to effectively and efficiently distribute and redistribute materiel to support the generation of trained and ready forces," McHugh said in the March 22 memorandum. "It must represent a different way of doing business that will foster open communication, improve collaboration and eliminate redundancies in the process."

LIW integrates legacy systems data with data emerging from modern Army Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to provide critical strategic business analytics and business intelligence for the Army's logistics leaders.

Previously, warfighters needed to coordinate with multiple Army organizations to determine how to fill equipment shortages. As AMC fills the role of Lead Materiel Integrator (LMI) for the Army, LIW will be the single source for equipment information and possible solutions to shortages.

"By integrating and merging the property data from multiple sources into one location, LIW will provide our strategic leaders and item managers' visibility of all Army assets and associated readiness. This allows Army leaders to make sound decisions for equipment distribution based on accurate lifecycle data. Simply put, when we know what we have on hand -- the supply -- we can truly optimize demand satisfaction as we distribute equipment," said Col. Robert Sullivan, LOGSA commander.

In addition to its role supporting LMI, LIW will provide insight into equipment availability, maintenance reporting, and the overall performance of the Army supply pipeline. Also, LIW provides large amounts of data to more than 140 trading partners each day. This facet of LIW's mission is also being upgraded to further exploit web-service technology, eliminating many costly databases.

It will foster a broad overview of equipment and logistics, which enables decision making, in-depth analytics, and long-term trend analysis for senior leaders. The logistics community can now more easily monitor, manage and sustain the efforts that are vital to mission success.

"As we continue to build out the strategic analytic capability and enhance the 'look-and-feel' by capitalizing on new technologies, LIW will be even more useful to leaders making maintenance, transportation and funding decisions. Its reach is much broader than just equipment visibility," Sullivan added.