Project Announcement: Supply Item Logistics Capability Initiative Phase II

Possessing the ability to quickly and accurately assess quality and quantities for parts and components from more than one supplier, while meeting specific maintenance or sustainment requirements is an issue that industry has yet to fully overcome.  They also require an enterprise management solution that will continue to support daily business processes while offering an advantage at some level over their foreign competitors. Fulfilling customer expectations is the first rule of business today.  However, when more than one manufacturer draws from the same supplier(s), and there is a requirement to track and manage products as they are delivered to end-user customers (such as for recall notifications), the failure to predict and mitigate these shortfalls (and replacement items) produces a substantial negative impact on the safety of merchandise sold to the general public.

The U.S. Navy is facing similar problems within their logistics supply chain.  Developing a feasible solution to these supply and tracking issues within a large organization such as the U.S. Navy will demonstrate to the public sector what solutions are possible.  The results are expected to be easily transferable to commercial industry, positively impacting the quality and availability of products sold to you and me.

In Phase One, the project team developed a solution for two major business functions applicable to commercial and public business today:

  • Instantaneous inventory updates and prioritization of supply parts for manufacturing.
  • Real-time tracking of pieces and parts as they are drawn from inventory and their resulting life cycle of owners.

This NCMS-CTMA project demonstrated an agile design and development, increasing opportunities to improve and modernize system interfaces, legacy and application interoperability, data accessibility, and digital capability (such as mobility, analytics, multi-party collaboration, etc.) while reducing lifecycle and sustainment costs.

Phase Two project efforts will build upon the successes of the initial NCMS-CTMA effort that showed not only significant results toward project objectives but also demonstrated that much of the system’s capabilities could be used and expanded to address other key issues facing the U.S. Navy and the Department of Defense as a whole.

Those interested in participating in this initiative should contact Jeff Walker, jeffw@ncms.org or (360) 674-6184 by August 10, 2018. We encourage participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).