Air Force Item Master Logistics Capability Initiative

NCMS Project #: 140833

Problem:  Design for standardization, cataloging and effectively identifying parts for distribution while being able to quickly isolate defective parts is an issue that has plagued industry for decades and continues today, as businesses across the country consistently seek out mitigation and look for solutions to their IT shortfalls. The U.S. Air Force is also researching ways to improve its cataloging operations which are conducted within the framework of the Federal Catalog Program (FCP).

Benefit:  The successful processes and system(s) derived from this initiative’s efforts can have a profound impact on U.S. maintenance and sustainment industries, product manufacturers and other businesses through increased safety and product reliability. Furthermore, once these processes are implemented, it will help influence foreign suppliers who produce subcomponents for U.S. manufacturers, to be more accountable to the end user.

Solution/Approach:  The intent of the initiative is to use the U.S. Air Force logistics system as a surrogate for industry to demonstrate how improvements to their logistics system could benefit commercial industry with its worldwide distribution networks. This initiative will leverage the U.S. Marine Corps IT effort by objectively evaluating its Platform as a Service (PaaS), as a Course of Action (COA) to characterize the risks and opportunities to Air Force legacy interfaces, improved data accessibility, increased and improved legacy LOG IT system interoperability and reduced lifecycle costs. A Risk Reduction Assessment is planned to better characterize the degree to which the preferred COA meets Air Force business and technology requirements with objective, quantitative data combined with actual business processes around a specific supply class. The preferred COA will be offered to the Air Force as a “subscription-based service model.”

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Reduce risk and sustainment costs
  • Accelerated FIAR compliance
  • More effective total lifecycle management of equipment, supplies and decisions
  • Enhanced readiness

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Air Force Material Command
  • Defense Logistics Agency
  • U.S. Marine Corps

Industry Participation:

  • One Network Enterprises, Inc.
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Maintenance management improvement
  • Improved readiness

Focus Area:

  • Business processes/partnerships