Next Generation Logistics Technologies for Sustainment

NCMS Project #: 142189

Problem: Poorly functioning supply chains increase costs, delay timelines, and hinder the production capabilities of the U.S. economy.  The pandemic caused these “Just in Time” smoothly operating supply chains to freeze completely.  Examination of innovative technologies that predict future maintenance and sustainment requirements as well as enable capability and capacity planning are required to weather the inevitable supply chain delays that occur when additional supplies are needed.

Benefit: Results will improve supply chain resiliency, efficiencies and responsiveness through cross functional improvements across a distributed environment.  Capability and capacity planning tools will allow commercial organizations to map their production schedules in finer detail.  They will provide better service to customers with accurate inventory visibility and better delivery projections.  These tools will also allow for the identification of bottlenecks in production processes and the impact of one-off supply chain challenges on the broader company production.  All of these additional capabilities will lead to decreased costs for companies and consumers, improved supply chain operation, and improved customer experience.

Solution/Approach: Using the U.S. Marine Corps as a surrogate, this initiative will demonstrate how organizations can explore, evaluate and analyze technologies, equipment, and prepositioning of items for organizations that require logistics and sustainment technologies to support distributed supply chains, maintenance activities and related functions.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Improve visibility of maintenance and sustainment issues 
  • Decrease maintenance and sustainment costs 
  • Increase warfighter readiness and lethality 

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Marine Corps

Industry Participation:

  • Michigan Research Institute
  • Black & Rossi
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Maintenance management improvement
  • Improved readiness
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • Facilities and industrial process modernization