NCMS Project #: 140718
Problem: Currently, commercial industries are lacking in software and hardware capabilities that communicate information not only from system-to-system but also to multiple facilities globally and across service providers. Any sharing of information, resources or services is usually ad hoc, disjointed and informal with no traceability, a lack of accounting for lifecycle management or cost consideration. Another result of this shortfall of capability is a significant redundancy of parts stocks, consumable inventory, maintenance capability, and services.
Both industry and military services have been pursuing efforts (IT, process procedural and contractual) in an attempt to rectify this issue. Industry has been actively engaged in rectifying this shortfall through the development of overarching information system-agnostic standards for the exchange of hardware pedigree data required for maintenance and sustainment. DoD has also been an active participant and has taken specific actions to evaluate these data interoperability standards. Although much has been accomplished to date, further work needs to be accomplished in order for the maintenance community to leverage standards data exchange processes.
Benefit: By developing data exchange flows and integrating back-end systems, the DoD can begin to leverage the inherent benefits of mutual sustainment activities and achieve sustainment cost reduction across the Joint Force.
Solution/Approach: Developing tools, technologies, and processes that can leverage the benefits associated with operating across organizational boundaries will enable the maintenance and sustainment community to share logistics capacity and materials. This collaborative effort will focus on easily exchanging and sharing relevant information, underlying logistical data, without negating the positive attributes of the individual data characteristics (AIS, process and procedures) as an enabler to Logistics Interoperability and Integration. Work will address Joint Logistics Interoperability CONOPS and an expansion of capabilities that not only will be available to commercial industry but will further offer Joint Forces the ability to pool and share resources as well as associated maintenance and repair data.
Impact on Warfighter:
- Improved weapon system reliability and readiness
- Reduced costs
- Headquarters Marine Corps I&L
- Marine Corps LOGCOM
- ODASD (MPP)
- Joint Staff J4
- NEXUS Life Cycle Management, LLC
- Black & Rossi
- Cost savings
- Positive environmental impact
- Improved readiness
- Business processes/partnerships