NCMS Member Anglicotech supports US Marine Corps through CTMA

Anglicotech, LLC is a Veteran-Owned Small Business that specializes in Logistics Information Technology, Cyber Security, Technical Training, and Sensor Technology. Anglicotech (AT) is part of an impressive partner network of Fortune 500 companies and small niche companies allowing for high quality, innovative, and tailored solutions.

Anglicotech is a global company and has extensive experience in delivering responsive solutions to complex problems in the harshest of environments. Our team has practical life cycle experience on large scale IT project implementations on an international platform and has supported the United States Marine Corps Supply and Maintenance ERP and sustainment of forces from the US to Japan to Afghanistan. As an agile small business, we can provide our clients with superior service and responsive solutions.

Our partnership with the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences has been longstanding and extensive with multiple projects focused on Logistics Chain Modernization in the Marine Corps and recently, Cybersecurity focused on Software Assurance (SwA). The Global Logistics Integration System (GLIS) project has supported the Global Combat Support System Marine Corps Logistics Chain Management (GCSS MC LCM) across a challenging post deployment software support sustainment. This global maintenance sustainment technology has tracked with previous challenging ERP implementations in the Department of Defense (DoD). Despite spending billions to modernize its business operations, the DoD’s enterprise resource planning systems have run over budget and behind schedule. As a collective Government/Industry team we have continued to struggle with the problems inherent in creating single, integrated systems or addressing Portfolio Modernization. According to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report issued in October 2010, the DoD at that time was in the process of implementing nine ERP programs, of which six have had schedule delays ranging from two to 12 years and five that have incurred cost increases ranging from $530 million to $2.4 billion. Additionally, “DoD has stated that the ERPs will replace over 500 legacy systems that cost hundreds of millions of dollars to operate annually. However, delays in implementing the ERPs require DoD to fund the legacy systems longer than anticipated, thereby reducing the funds available for other DoD priorities,” GAO concluded.

So, while there is and will continue to be a clear space in both the public and private sector for an ERP strategy and implementation, the DoD has looked at an AGILE approach with Platform as a Service (PaaS) Technology in supporting multiple IT portfolio modernization requirements. Through that approach AT had previously partnered with One Network Enterprises (ONE) in the development of a technology solution that focused on integrating other USMC applications/systems not a part of the ERP, nor part of an interoperability solution. This approach began the Retail Supply Chain PaaS Initiative under a CTMA Cooperative Agreement designed to deliver a platform tools capability to leverage backwards compatible Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for core modules of Order Management, Warehouse Management, and Transportation/Distribution Management within the ONE Real Time Value Network (RTVN) available to Developers using the Software Development Kit (SDK). This supported the ability for a 3rd Party (Government or Industry) to train on and develop capability with a DoD-oriented Logistics IT Platform and also demonstrated the ease of development. This was the project foundation from which AT and ONE developers conducted a Supply Class VIII Medical Logistics pilot developed with the SDK to further prove an agnostic class of supply approach to Requisition Management (RM), Warehouse Management (WM), Transport Management (TM), Unique Item Management and Asset Lifecycle (IUID), and Business Intelligence (BI). Key to the deliverables was to demonstrate an affordable platform solution that conducted a rapid application development interoperable with the USMC ERP, by embracing the GCSS MC Warehousing System (STRATIS) and the Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support (DMLSS) System. The pilot demonstrated Industry capability to improve a class of material Logistics Chain Management, readiness, visibility, and auditability from the Acquisition Management level through tactical logistics sustainment across Global Marine Corps operations.

Additionally, the Retail Supply Chain PaaS Initiative Team looked at the Government requirements for Cybersecurity under the established Risk Management Framework (RMF) and demonstrated the ability to dramatically reduce the time and cost to document software development and upgrades built on the platform. During this phase, we specifically showed traceability for Risk Management Framework (RMF) cyber controls imbedded in commercial platform development, thus, underwriting Software Assurance requirements for DoD and providing a rapid capability methodology that Industry could bring to a Government/Acquisition Milestone event, certifying their platform and being compliant with a Critical Design Review as an example.

One Network further enhanced that capability through a new CTMA project in the United States Air Force focused on Aviation Munitions, improving the DoD Core Module and leveraging previous work to include current platform management of USMC Ground Ammunition from Wholesale to Retail. This is important not only from a perspective of one DoD Component leveraging other Component efforts and technology advancement, but in support of a Joint approach across the entire Armed Forces. Ultimately, we feel industry focus is just that; to support the Joint Force Commanders globally as the United States projects and sustains forces.