Creation of the Single Army Logistics Enterprise
(SALE) took a significant step forward with the award of two
earlier this year. Computer Science Corporation received
a $199-million contract in February for the Product Lifecycle
Management Plus (PLM+) program, one of the components of
SALE. In April, Enterprise Integration, Inc., of Alexandria,
Virginia, and IDS Scheer, Inc., of Berwyn, Pennsylvania,
were awarded a follow-on, $40-million contract to provide
management and monitoring support for the SALE project. Their
original contract, for $20 million, was awarded in 2003.
SALE is designed to correct a major deficiency in Army logistics
information management: lack of a common operating picture
for measuring and analyzing materiel readiness and combat posture.
Under SALE, the Army will integrate its national and tactical
logistics systems into one fully integrated, end-to-end enterprise.
SALE will bring together three component systems: the Global
Combat Support System-Army (GCSS-Army) Field Tactical (F/T),
the Logistics Modernization Program (LMP), and GCSS-Army PLM+.
LMP is replacing the Commodity Command Standard System (CCSS)
and the Standard Depot System (SDS). GCSS-Army F/T is replacing
a variety of legacy tactical-level logistics information systems,
such as the Standard Army Retail Supply System (SARSS), the
Standard Army Maintenance System (SAMS), the Unit Level Logistics
System (ULLS), and the Integrated Logistics Analysis Program
GCSS-Army PLM+ will link GCSS-Army F/T—the Army’s
field-level logistics system—with LMP—the Army’s
national-level logistics system. GCSS-Army PLM+ also will provide
a single access point to SALE for external customers, such
as the U.S. Transportation Command, the Defense Logistics Agency,
and original equipment manufacturers.
The end state of SALE will be characterized by—
• A single enterprise built around already defined and universally accepted
processes that instill confidence through accuracy, reliability, and connectivity.
• Logistics processes that fully interact with operational and financial
• Systems that can significantly improve capabilities to build combat power
and manage readiness.
• Performance-based partnerships with industry.
The Army projects partial implementation of PLM+ and SALE by fiscal year 2007.
FOR FED LOG USERS
Beginning with the March 2005 release of FED LOG, users with access to the
Internet can link from FED LOG to the Web-based version of the Federal Logistics
Information System, WebFLIS, to get the latest item information on more than
7 million national stock numbers. This new capability provides a real-time
link that allows users in the field to have confidence that the ordering decisions
they make are based on current information.
Through either five compact discs or one DVD, FED LOG provides highly portable
logistics information that contains items of supply and supplier data from the
Federal Logistics Information System as well as unique data from other sources,
including the military services and Defense Logistics Agency supply centers.
FED LOG can operate as a standalone product, or it can be used to perform on-line
queries via the Internet. As a standalone product, it is an invaluable tool for
deployed units that do not have Internet availability. FED LOG disks continue
to be delivered to more than 37,000 customers monthly.
FED LOG has many new features, including highlighting of environmentally preferred
items and hazardous or radioactive items and providing conversions for U.S customary
measurements to metric measurements and decimals to fractions.
Further information on FED LOG is available at www.dlis.dla.mil/Fedlog.
NEW TECHNOLOGY GIVES MAINTAINERS ACCESS TO EXPERTS
The new Joint Distance Support and Response (JDSR) advanced concept technology
demonstration (ACTD) increases the efficiency of maintenance on vital equipment
and decreases equipment downtime, benefiting soldiers, sailors, airmen, and
marines currently deployed and working in the field.
Using a Web-based network, JDSR provides maintenance personnel in the field access
to a collaborative environment that includes information profiling, wireless
connectivity, three-dimensional visualization, and other capabilities. It brings
intermediate- or depot-level maintenance support to the organizational level.
With the help of JDSR, a maintainer trained at the basic organizational level
can receive assistance from depot support personnel or an engineer and, in some
cases, from the original equipment manufacturer that produced the equipment.
“One key benefit of the system is it helps maintainers diagnose and ultimately
fix difficult or unusual maintenance problems quicker than in the past,” said
Elijah Brown, deputy operational manager for JDSR. “If a maintainer is
out in the field and he has a problem, he can show an SME [subject-matter expert]
the problem by putting a video camera on it and the SME can then use voice, chat,
and streaming video to provide a diagnosis and solution to the problem.” Without
the capabilities the JDSR provides, organizational-level maintainers could wait
days or weeks for help to solve intermediate- or depot-level problems.
Brown said that the Navy, the lead service for the ACTD, will retrofit all of
its ships with JDSR capabilities within the next 2 years. He expects all of the
JDSR’s products to be fully transitioned and in the hands of warfighters
in the 2008 or 2009 timeframe.
JFCOM’S LIMITED ACQUISITION AUTHORITY HELPS SPEED
EQUIPMENT TO WARFIGHTERS
The U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) has a new tool to help
get new capabilities to joint warfighters sooner. The National
Defense Authorization Act of 2004 granted JFCOM limited acquisition
authority (LAA), subject to delegation by the Secretary of
Defense. In a subsequent memorandum, Secretary of Defense
Donald H. Rumsfeld acknowledged the authority and directed
the armed services and Defense agencies to help JFCOM identify
LAA requirements. The authority expires on 30 September 2006.
According to JFCOM officials, LAA is designed to accelerate the acquisition process
so that new technologies will be available to frontline warfighters years sooner
than with the normal process. So far, the command has used the authority to fund
four projects and has more under consideration.
The authority is limited to $10 million for research and development and $50
million for procurement. LAA funds must be used for the development and acquisition
of specific items, such as joint battle management command and control, communications,
and intelligence, and other equipment that the JFCOM commander believes can facilitate
the use of joint component forces in military operations and enhance the interoperability
of their equipment. LAA cannot be used to acquire weapons.
One LAA project was the 2,000-pound Joint Precision Aerial Delivery System (JPADS)
used to deliver supplies to forces in remote locations. JFCOM adapted it from
an advanced concept technology demonstration for 10,000- to 20,000-pound loads.
Delivering large loads to small units operating behind enemy lines was impractical
because the units did not have sufficient manpower to handle them. Money was
not available to develop the JPADS for small loads, so a combatant commander
submitted a request to JFCOM to develop the system. Once the request was approved,
it took a little more than a year to get the capability to the field. JFCOM officials
estimate that, using normal procurement procedures, the smaller JPADS would not
have reached warfighters until 2009.
AABC GRADUATES EARN TRANSFER
CREDITS FOR ADVANCED DEGREES
Representatives of the Army Logistics Management College (ALMC) at Fort Lee,
Virginia, and Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, signed an agreement
in April to provide graduate degree opportunities to graduates of the Army Acquisition
Basic Course (AABC). Graduates of the AABC, which is offered at ALMC’s
Huntsville, Alabama, campus, will be eligible for automatic admission to Webster
University. Students can transfer credits earned in the AABC to Webster and
use them to meet requirements for master’s degrees in business administration,
computer resources and information management, and procurement and acquisition
management. The students will save $4,500 to $6,000 in tuition costs by transferring
AABC credits to Webster.
The cooperative degree program will be offered at several Webster University
campuses. Webster provides programs and services at 53 military installations
and at professional military schools. More than 6,000 students, or 30 percent
of Webster’s enrollment, attend classes on military installations.
Information about the cooperative degree program can be found at www.webster.edu/ftleonardwood/
Partnerships.htm. For more information on the AABC, refer to the ALMC Web site
CS AND CSS SOLDIERS MAY
ATTEND RANGER SCHOOL
Soldiers in combat support (CS) and combat service support (CSS) branches
of the Army may now attend Ranger School. In the past, attendance at Ranger
School was limited to combat arms soldiers and those who were assigned to
the 75th Ranger Regiment or the Ranger Training Brigade.
The change came about as a part of Task Force Soldier, a focus area of the Army
Campaign Plan. According to Colonel K.K. Chinn, Ranger Training Brigade Commander,
Task Force Soldier was looking for ways to build warrior ethos throughout the
Army and concluded that more Ranger-qualified leaders would help to accomplish
that goal. “Ranger training is important because it teaches soldiers what
they need to know about small-unit tactics and how to fight and win in the close-combat,
direct-fire battle,” said Chinn. He believes that attending Ranger School “is
the best life insurance policy you can get for you and your men.”
Soldiers attending Ranger School must endure a rigorous 61-day course that pushes
them to their physical and mental limits. The course consists of three phases:
The Fort Benning (Georgia) Phase, the Mountain Phase, also conducted in Georgia,
and the Florida Phase, which is conducted at Eglin Air Force Base.
To apply for Ranger School, a soldier must submit a Department of the Army Form
4187 (Request for Personnel Action) and the results of his Airborne or Ranger
physical through the first lieutenant colonel in his chain of command to the
installation Director of Plans and Training Management or G–3. Attendance
is limited to soldiers for whom the Army’s combat exclusion policy does
apply TankSkin to a fuel tanker at Army Field Support
Brigade-Iraq. TankSkin, a product developed by VSE
Corporation of Alexandria, Virginia, is a protective
coating that is sprayed on vehicles and hardens into
surface tough enough to deflect bullets. It also
can expand to plug bullet holes, protecting against
fuel fires and spills. Armor plates installed below
the fuel tanks protect pumps and hose connectors.
Installation of TankSkin began in March, with the
first six protected tankers issued to 1st Corps Support
Command units in April.
FIRST MECHANICS COMPLETE NEW STRYKER MAINTENANCE COURSE
The first soldiers specifically trained to maintain the Army’s Stryker
vehicles graduated from a new course at the Army Ordnance Mechanical Maintenance
School at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, on 22 March. The 15 graduates
received a new additional skill identifier, R4, Interim Armored Vehicle Mechanic.
The course is designed to produce soldiers quali-fied to fill slots as Stryker
maintainers in Stryker brigade combat teams (SBCTs). The students are military
occupational specialty 63B10 (Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic)-level advanced individual
training graduates en route to an SBCT. In the future, this ASI will be available
to select Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course and warrant officer technical
The course, lasting 4 weeks and 2 days, will train 75 soldiers in 4 classes
in fiscal year 2005. Up to 20 classes will be offered annually in succeeding
years, graduating 120 mechanics in fiscal year 2006 and 240 mechanics each
year, beginning in fiscal year 2007. The student-to-instructor and equipment
ratios will be maintained at one instructor and one Stryker vehicle for every
NEW VEHICLE AIDS IN IED DETECTION
A new, heavily armored vehicle in use in Iraq is giving Army engineers a
closer look at suspected improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
The 23-ton “Buffalo” helps confirm the presence of an IED before
an explosive ordnance disposal team is brought to the scene. The Buffalo is equipped
with a 30-foot robotic arm, or “iron claw,” that is operated from
within the vehicle. When a possible IED is spotted by a route clearance team,
the claw is used to probe debris and dirt around the questionable device in
an effort to identify the object. A video camera in the claw transfers images
a television screen inside the vehicle.
The Buffalo’s crew of six sits 10 to 12 feet off the ground and has access
to searchlights that are maneuvered from inside the vehicle. With the help
of the lights, video camera, and claw, they can search anywhere they feel there
is a threat.
The Buffalo saves lives when IEDs explode while
being inspected. The Army National Guard’s 612th Engineer
Battalion has identified 75 IEDs, 16 pieces of unexploded ordnance,
and 16 fake devices (planted to study how the coalition
during its first 3 months in Iraq. Although the Buffalo has been hit several
times by small arms fire, grenades, and artillery shells, no one riding inside
has been hurt.
Buffalo is the newest piece of equipment Operation
Iraqi Freedom soldiers have to identify improvised
UNITS RECOGNIZED AT FIRST
COMBINED LOGISTICS EXCELLENCE AWARDS CEREMONY
The Army’s top-performing logistics units of the year were recognized
at the first annual Chief of Staff of the Army Combined Logistics Excellence
Awards Ceremony on 19 May. The awards presented included the Deployment
Excellence Award, the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence, and the Army
Supply Excellence Award. In previous years, separate ceremonies were held
for each award. At the suggestion of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G–4,
the three awards ceremonies have been combined. This year’s ceremony
took place during the Association of the United States Army Logistics Symposium
in Washington, D.C. General Richard A. Cody, Vice Chief of Staff of the
Army, and Lieutenant General C.V. Christianson, Army Deputy Chief of Staff,
G–4, presented the awards.
The Deployment Excellence Award recognizes units and installations for outstanding
deployment accomplishments. Winners are—
Large Unit. 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery Regiment, 2d Infantry Division,
Camp Stanley, Korea.
Small Unit. F Company, 3d Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3d Infantry Division
(Mechanized), Fort Stewart, Georgia.
Large Unit. 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York.
Small Unit. 96th Transportation Company, 180th Transportation Battalion, 64th
Corps Support Group, 13th Corps Support Command, Fort Hood, Texas.
Supporting Unit. 842d Transportation Battalion, Military Surface Deployment and
Distribution Command, Beaumont, Texas.
Army National Guard
Large Unit. 2d Battalion, 162d Infantry Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard.
Small Unit. G Troop, 82d Cavalry, Oregon Army National Guard.
Supporting Unit. Camp Atterbury, Indiana.
Large Unit. 1179th Deployment Support Brigade, Fort Hamilton, New York.
Small Unit. 319th Transportation Detachment, 1176th Transportation Terminal Brigade,
Supporting Unit. 4003d Garrison Support Unit, Norman, Oklahoma.
Installation. Fort Hood, Texas.
The Army Award for Maintenance Excellence winners are—
Active Army Table of Organization
and Equipment (TOE)
Small Unit. C Battery, 2d Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Fort
Medium Unit. 82d Military Police Company, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Large Unit. 3d Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
Active Army Table of Distribution
and Allowances (TDA)
Small Unit. Equipment Concentration Site 66, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Medium Unit. 58th Transportation Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Large Unit. 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia.
Army National Guard (TOE)
Small Unit. Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 690th Maintenance Battalion,
Kinston, North Carolina.
Medium Unit. 3647th Maintenance Company, Blackstone, Virginia.
Army Reserve (TOE)
Small Unit. 812th Signal Company, Concord, California.
Medium Unit. 428th Transportation Company, Camp Cooke, Iraq.
Large Unit. 94th General Hospital, Seagoville, Texas.
The Army Supply Excellence Award winners are—
Company, Battery, Troop, Detachment. 11th Signal Detachment, Mannheim, Germany.
Battalion, Squadron. 205th Military Intelligence Battalion, Camp Zama, Japan.
Small TDA Unit. University of Kansas Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Program.
Large TDA Unit. Maintenance Activity Mannheim, Germany.
Property Book. 501st Military Intelligence Brigade, Yongsan, Seoul, Korea.
Small Supply Support Activity (SSA). 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Infantry Division
(Light), Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii.
Large SSA. 172d Support Battalion, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
Army National Guard
Company, Battery, Troop, Detachment. 43d Army Band, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Battalion, Squadron. Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, 194th
Armor Regiment, Duluth, Minnesota.
Small TDA Unit. 209th Regional Training Institute, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Large TDA Unit. Joint Forces Headquarters, Madison, Wisconsin.
Property Book. Headquarters 82d Troop Command, Clackamas, Oregon.
Small SSA. B Company, 193d Aviation Regiment, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
Large SSA. Camp Ripley Training Site, Camp Ripley, Minnesota.
Company, Battery, Troop, Detachment. 329th Quartermaster Company, Riverside,
Battalion, Squadron. 94th General Hospital, Seagoville, Texas.
Small TDA Unit. 4th Brigade (Combat Service Support), Grand Prairie, Texas.
Large TDA Unit. Equipment Concentration Site 66, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Property Book. 320th Ordnance Battalion, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Large SSA. 245th Maintenance Company, St. Louis, Missouri.
TRANSCOM WINS SUPPLY CHAIN EXCELLENCE
On 7 April, the U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) received the Award
for Excellence in Supply Chain Operations. Alan Estevez, Assistant Deputy
Under Secretary of Defense for Supply Chain Integration, presented the award
during the Supply Chain World North America Conference in Anaheim, California.
TRANSCOM was nominated for the award based on the success of its U.S. Central
Command (CENTCOM) Deployment and Distribution Operations Center (CDDOC). The
CDDOC, established in Kuwait under the tactical command of CENTCOM, was TRANSCOM’s
first major initiative after its designation as the Department of Defense’s
(DOD’s) Distribution Process Owner in September 2003. Reach back and connectivity
with their respective commands enable CDDOC’s joint logistics experts to
make quick decisions, ultimately providing better support to warfighters. The
CDDOC serves as a benchmark for other DDOCs that have been established around
The Award for Excellence in Supply Chain Operations is sponsored by the Office
of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness.
It salutes world-class DOD organizations that have recognized the critical role
that supply chain performance plays in reaching organizational goals, are committed
to optimizing their supply chain performance, and have demonstrated this commitment
by implementing supply chain improvement projects.
NATO CODIFICATION SYMPOSIUM SLATED
The 10th International Symposium on NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
Codification will be held 10 to 13 October in Edinburgh, Scotland. The theme
of this year’s symposium is “Codification: The DNA of Modern Logistics.”
The NATO Codification System (NCS) provides a common logistics language that
makes it easier for allies to share equipment and materials. The symposium is
held every few years to review current and future requirements for the NCS and
advance NCS as the world’s standard language of Government supply chain
Based on the U.S. cataloging system, the NCS is used by more than 50 countries,
and it is becoming a standard for e-commerce. NCS supporters seek to use the
NCS as a common language between Government and industry in order to build synergy
in the logistics chain from the factory to the foxhole.
Information on the symposium and on-line registration are available on the Internet
ARMY GETS FIRST FUEL-CELL-POWERED
The world’s first fuel-cell-powered military truck, the
GMT800, was turned over to the Army on 1 April at the General
Motors Corporation research facility
near Rochester, New York.
The GMT800 is actually a modified Chevrolet Silverado that has been equipped
with two 94-kilowatt fuel-cell stacks. The fuel cells, which chemically convert
hydrogen into electricity and water, generate 188 kilowatts of power and approximately
the same torque generated by General Motors’ 5.3-liter V–8 engine.
The truck is equipped with three 10,000-pounds-per-square-inch compressed hydrogen
storage tanks that provide a driving range of 125 miles. The GMT800 accelerates
much like the V–8-powered production truck but produces no tailpipe emissions.
The Army will evaluate the experimental truck at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, until
July 2006. The truck will undergo rigorous testing in different climates and
locations around the United States to assess performance and allow users to
gain first-hand experience with the operation of a fuel-cell-powered vehicle.
SOLDIER CENTER LOOKING FOR GOOD IDEAS
The Army Natick Soldier Center (NSC) in Massachusetts is seeking creative equipment
ideas from soldiers who have served in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi
In January 2004, NSC’s Operational Forces Interface Group (OFIG) implemented
the Soldier Innovation Initiative to capture equipment modifications made by
soldiers in the field and to identify new equipment made by soldiers from materials
available to them while deployed.
OFIG members visit installations to gather feedback, often targeting installations
with units returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. A survey designed by OFIG psychologists
prompts soldiers to submit their innovations, creative modifications, field
solutions, and items newly created or improvised while deployed. Soldiers are
asked not only to provide information on their ideas but also to provide digital
or hard-copy photographs to enhance understanding of their ideas. Soldiers
are also asked to provide contact information so that they can be reached for
clarification. Project officers conduct a review to determine whether the ideas
merit further study. Submitters are sometimes invited to the NSC to aid in
the prototyping and evaluation process.
Some ideas that have emerged as a result of the Soldier Innovation Initiative
are a map pocket sewn inside a patrol cap, a modified sling that allows the
M4 carbine rifle to hang in a ready position, and a commercial earpiece for
the handheld Soldier Intercom that permits better integration with the user’s
OFIG continues to solicit new ideas for assessment and possible development
and fielding. To submit an idea, visit the group’s Web site,
http://nsc.natick.army.mil/ofig/index.htm, and click on “NSC Innovative