Enterprise Management Decision Support

Tuesday July 17, 2012

What is it?

Enterprise Management Decision Support (EMDS) enhances decision making by retrieving and integrating disparate data to create a common access point for holistic and detailed Army operating force information. EMDS is a SIPRNet based, web-enabled system.

What has the Army done?

EMDS supports action officers in preparing recommendations for Army decision makers by providing timely, actionable and reliable cross-functional, readiness and resourcing information, at the Unit Identification Code (UIC) level, for manning, training, equipping and stationing. EMDS also provides information relating to each unit's current, authorized and projected strength. By utilizing EMDS, action officers are able to provide leadership with predictive, cross-functional, Boots on Ground (BOG): Dwell time estimates and aim points for all three Army components.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

EMDS is further automating the data collection and dissemination process of key leadership briefings and source data systems to provide Army leaders a greater comprehensive view of unit readiness and resourcing information to support strategic decisions. By the end of FY12, EMDS will be expanded to provide advanced search capabilities that will enable commanders and senior leaders to search for specific areas of interest.

Why is this important to the Army?

EMDS is a solution designed to meet goals outlined by the Army Secretary to continuously develop new solutions to improve the Army's business practices. EMDS supports Global Force Management by striving to improve the quality of information availability throughout the DOD. EMDS enables joint decision making by providing the ability to analyze, predict, and manage force assignment and apportionment planning. EMDS is the only U.S. Army system that aggregates data from 20 authoritative data sources to enable analysis of trained and ready forces, current and future progression through the Army force generation (ARFORGEN) cycle, and BCT reorganization in order to provide input into the Joint Staff's Global Force Management Assignment and Apportionment process and Office of the Secretary of Defense's aggregate Health of the Force view.


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