F-35 Joint Program Office Digital Data Visualization

NCMS Project #: 140931

Problem: The F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) is a large, complex acquisition program that requires agile analytics and decision-making capabilities, from Business functions (e.g., finance and contracting) to development, production, and sustainment. Current analytic and visual approaches utilize hard copy, static views of data and information that are labor-intensive to generate and maintain. The JPO seeks to modernize access to – and increase the analytic availability of – critical programmatic data and visual information through the creation of a Digital War Room.

Benefit: The aggregation of big data is becoming the norm in corporate America, as well as many municipal systems. Digitizing information and placing in a centralized cloud situation will allow the best possible decisions to be made changing the way business and data to be collected and translated. When this form of data is accessible to high-level decision-makers, deployments could be more efficient, safer, and proactive, with a thoughtful outcome. Assets and equipment would be used to their peak performance, inventory levels could be monitored, personnel with the right skills could be allocated accordingly, and maintenance and sustainment practices can be anticipated for fewer lost service days.

Solution/Approach: The objective of this effort is to provide stakeholders, key decision-makers, and supporting program staff with data visualizations and drilldown capabilities via digital devices (i.e., desktop, laptop, and mobile devices). This environment will provide stakeholders with ready access to key program metrics for more rapid analysis, and data needed for powerful evidence driven lifecycle and sustainment decision-making, while greatly reducing the time and cost associated with the analysis today. The scope of this initial effort will include the requirements, technical architecture, development, and launch of the first phase of a Digital War Room, which will comprise the Budget and Financial reports environment. The intent of this concept demonstration is to use digital monitoring of the F-35 Program’s finance and contracts processes as a test case for how the entire Department of Defense (DoD) can manage integrated product support and program management support in the future.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Rapidly accessible up-to-date data saving time
  • Reduced touch-labor costs
  • Improved readiness

DOD Participation:

  • F-35 Joint Program Office

Industry Participation:

  • Guidehouse LLP
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Obsolescence management and continued maintenance capability
  • Maintenance management improvement
  • Improved readiness

Focus Area:

  • Business processes/partnerships

Final Report