The Defense Transportation Coordination Initiative (DTCI) began operations 31 March at Defense Distribution Depot Puget Sound, Washington. This initiative uses a third-party contractor to coordinate transportation management services among Department of Defense (DOD) organizations and commercial shippers. The DTCI contract was awarded to Menlo Worldwide Government Services, LCC, of San Mateo, California, in August 2007.
DTCI is an initiative of the U.S. Transportation Command as the DOD Distribution Process Owner, in cooperation with the Defense Logistics Agency, the services, and the private transportation industry. The program uses electronic data interface transactions to process shipment requests, confirm outbound shipping details, provide shipping status, and process billing. DTCI will give DOD and its customers in-transit visibility of goods and real-time access to shipment information.
DTCI will help to improve operational effectiveness, support strong small business participation, improve customer confidence, reduce the time from request to delivery for materiel, enable improvements in business practices, and protect operational capabilities, such as DOD critical infrastructure assets. The use of a third-party coordinator will allow DOD to secure on-time, cross-platform and cost-effective shipping options for materiel moving within the continental United States.
DOD will exclude some items from the program, including sensitive and classified shipments, arms, ammunition, explosives, bulk and missile fuels, household goods, and privately owned vehicles.
LOGISTICS LEADERS CHANGE
The commanding general of the Army Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM) at Fort Lee, Virginia, Major General Mitchell H. Stevenson, was promoted to lieutenant general and assumed the position of Deputy Chief of Staff, G–4, Department of the Army, in June. He replaced Lieutenant General Ann E. Dunwoody, who became the deputy commanding general and chief of staff of the Army Materiel Command. General Stevenson is a former Chief of Ordnance and commanding general of the Army Ordnance Center and Schools.
The new CASCOM commanding general is Major General James E. Chambers. General Chambers was the Chief of Transportation and commanding general and commandant of the Army Transportation Center and School at Fort Eustis, Virginia.
HET UPGRADE BENEFITS VEHICLE RECOVERY
Oshkosh Defense has secured a contract to upgrade the Army’s M1070 heavy equipment transporter (HET) with new technology and greater load-bearing capability.
The M1070A1 HET will be the first palletized load system recovery vehicle with the capability and payload capacity to recover heavy armored vehicles like the mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) and Stryker vehicles. It will also be capable of uprighting vehicles, recovering vehicles on steep slopes, and pulling vehicles stuck in water, mud, sand, or snow. Use of the new HET will reduce wear and tear on recovered equipment by using flat towing, which places less pressure on vehicle axles and chassis during pulling. Improvements to the power train, including the engine, transmission, transfer case, and electrical systems, will also be part of the project. The new HET will feature improved axles, wheels, seats, a new hood, dash panel, airconditioning, and additional support for future armor upgrades.
Under the $11.333 million contract, Oshkosh will deliver six pilot vehicles for testing by January 2009.
ARMY LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT COLLEGE
ALEDC COURSE IS CHANGING TO ATLog
Students currently enrolled in the Army Logistics Management College’s (ALMC’s) Associate Logistics Executive Development Course (ALEDC) have until December 2008 to complete all five phases of the current program before ALEDC becomes the Associate Theater Logistics (ATLog) Course. The ATLog Course will kick off with a pilot course in October before the full program is implemented in December.
Like ALEDC, the ATLog Course will include five phases that will have to be taken in order. Phase 1 is a 2-week resident phase at Fort Lee, Virginia, on theater logistics. Phases 2 through 4 will be online courses on data analysis and application,
capabilities and requirements and contracting, and materiel and distribution management. Phase 5 is a second resident phase at Fort Lee on operational logistics that is structured around a capstone exercise. Students must complete the Joint Course on Logistics before beginning Phase 4.
ALEDC students who have not completed all five phases of the current course before 31 December 2008 will not receive credit for the course. ALEDC phases are not transferable to the ATLog Course.
Students must register for the ATLog Course even if they were previously eligible for ALEDC. For more information, email email@example.com.
|The M982 Excalibur global positioning
system/inertial navigation system (GPS/INS) artillery round was fired for the first time in Afghanistan at Camp Blessing in February. The 155-millimeter
round is used with the enhanced
portable inductive artillery fuse setter,
which creates its GPS/INS capability.
The fuse setter gives the round specific
grid coordinates for its target. This “smart munition” provides capability to attack three target sets: soft vehicles, armored vehicles, and reinforced
bunkers. The increased effectiveness of the Excalibur round lightens the logistics burden on deployed units. It also reduces collateral damage through a concentrated fragmentation
pattern, increased accuracy, and a near-vertical decent. Here,
Soldiers from C Battery, 3d Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment, use the enhanced portable inductive artillery fuse setter to program target grid
coordinates into an Excalibur round. (Photo by Sgt. Henry Selzer)
NEW TRANSCOM FACILITY
WILL HOUSE SDDC
The U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) broke ground on 3 April on a new $93.6-million facility at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, that will include the new headquarters of the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC). The three-story, 180,000 square foot building will also include a joint operations center that will house planning functions of SDDC, the Air Force Tanker Airlift Control Center, the Navy’s Military Sealift Command, and the TRANSCOM Deployment Distribution Operations Center. The Joint Distribution Process Analysis Center will also be located in the building; this center will consolidate selected TRANSCOM, Air Mobility Command, and SDDC Transportation Engineering Agency personnel. Construction should be completed by 2010.
LETTERKENNY DEPOT LOOKING GREEN
Letterkenny Army Depot, Pennsylvania, has turned its Lean manufacturing processes green. Lean Six Sigma initiatives have greatly improved pollution prevention efforts, reduced waste, and eliminated sources of pollution. In fiscal year 2007 alone, the depot eliminated chemical hazards, reduced waste, and improved working condition through over 60 rapid improvement events.
For example, employees previously used aircraft paint thinner to clean paint guns manually. By purchasing automated paint gun cleaning systems, the depot was able minimize employee exposure to unsafe chemicals. The installation also purchased a robotic spray process, which reduced the amount of hazardous material that employees came in contact with and the amount of harmful emissions produced from paints and paint thinners. Less product used overall equals less pollution.
Letterkenny has made other changes to improve its environmental performance. Instead of disposing of spent blast media 55-gallon drums, the depot is using super sacks and large roll-off containers. This has produced a 77-percent cost reduction in media hazardous waste disposal and saves the depot $500,000 annually in handling and disposal fees. An installation-wide recycling program has reduced the use of hazardous chemicals and diverted 58-percent of its solid waste from entering local landfills. The depot has also acquired dual-fuel vehicles that will run on unleaded gasoline or E85 ethanol.
|A supply chain partnership involving all of the services delivered more than 5,200 mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles to the U.S. Central Command area of operations by April. Built to deflect blasts, the MRAPs will protect U.S. service members from the effects of
improvised explosive devices. The U.S.
Transportation Command’s end-to-end
distribution team is monitoring the process
from production to arrival in theater to make sure everything runs smoothly. Shown here, a 447th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels management flight technician at Sather Air Base, Iraq, notifies a driver that his MRAP vehicle is fueled up and ready to go. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Lindsey, USAF)
KNOW YOUR TERMS
Changes to Army doctrine in 2008 have brought about some significant changes in Army terminology. Logisticians should make sure they know what terms are now in use and what terms are obsolete.
Army doctrine will no longer use the venerable terms “combat service support” and “combat support,” though those terms will continue to be used in joint doctrine. The term “battlefield operating systems” will be replaced by “warfighting functions.” The warfighting functions will include “movement and maneuver,” “intelligence,” “fires” (formerly “fire support”), “sustainment,” “command and control,” and “protection.” The terms “battlespace” and “deep,” “close,” and “rear areas” are rescinded; “close combat” will replace “close area.”
The term “support operations” is rescinded as a type of operation. “Stability operations” is now considered coequal with offensive and defensive operations. The “protection” warfighting function (meaning “the related tasks and systems that preserve the force so the commander can apply maximum combat power”) replaces the term “force protection.” Force protection will remain in use under its joint definition in other services, but the Army will no longer use the term.
Army doctrine will follow joint definitions and common English usage for the terms “agility,” “asymmetry,” “operational fires,” and “versatility.” “Lines of effort” (defined as “lines that links multiple tasks and missions using the logic of purpose—cause and effect—to focus efforts toward establishing operational and strategic conditions”) replaces the Army’s former term, “logical lines of operations.” “Individual initiative” will replace “subordinates’ initiative.”
For a complete introduction to new, modified, and rescinded Army terms, see Appendix D of Field Manual 3–0, Operations.
SECRETARY OF THE ARMY RECOGNIZES
FORT BRAGG FOR SUSTAINABILITY
Fort Bragg, North Carolina, is the winner of the first Secretary of the Army Sustainability Award. Fort Bragg piloted the first installation sustainability program for the Army 8 years ago. Since then, it has served as a blueprint for the Army Strategy for the Environment and has set the bar for the Army’s sustainability values.
The goal of sustainability is to meet the Army’s current and future needs while improving its ability to organize, equip, train, and deploy Soldiers.
ARMY STUDENTS POST WAR STORIES
ON INTERNET DISCUSSION BOARDS
As part of a broader effort to make Army officers better strategic communicators, the Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Department of Military History is requiring students to post their war stories to a historical Internet discussion board.
The writing assignment, which is part of the program, Sharing Our Story with the Nation, stems from a goal set by the commander of the Combined Arms Center, Lieutenant General William Caldwell, to “initiate opportunities for officers to engage the Nation and share their stories through media engagements and community outreach activities.” The program includes community outreach activities, media interviews, and web-based events comprised of recognized blog sites. (These sites are public forums established by the military history department and edited by the faculty.)
For a preview of the assignments, visit http://interwar.livejournal.com on the World Wide Web. It is one of six sites hosting CGSC student papers.
|Beyond the Horizon, a U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)
humanitarian exercise that provides infrastructure renovation and basic medical and dental care to rural parts of Latin American and Caribbean countries, tested Joint Task Force Bravo’s ability to support forward-deployed troops over 3 months at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. Nearly 2,100 additional service personnel rotated through the base from April to June, requiring logisticians there to provide tents, customs clearance for exercise materials and equipment, and line-hauling for 50 vehicles and nearly 140 pieces of equipment. The exercise also required the provision of more than 6,600 field ration meals, 9,500 bottles of water, 8,000 gallons of fuel, and numerous medical and dental supplies. Joint Task Force Bravo is an element of SOUTHCOM based in Honduras.
At left, Army Reserve Soldiers from the 672d Engineer Company in
Missoula, Montana, were some of the 350 service members in Honduras for the exercise, where they helped to revitalize a local school.
(Photo by Sgt. Claude W. Flowers, 304th Public Affairs Detachment)
DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIVERSITY
OFFERS PACKAGING TRAINING ONLINE
The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) has a new continuous learning module outlining the basics of defense packaging. The module highlights why packaging is necessary and describes its importance to the acquisition and sustainment of weapons systems and associated parts.
The continuous learning module is entitled CLL013, DOD Packaging, and is intended as an introductory overview. To register, visit the DAU website at https://learn.dau.mil/html/clc/Register.jsp.
The School of Military Packaging Technology, located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, can provide additional information on packaging materiel for military distribution operations. Its website is located at http://smpt.apg.army.mil/.
PERFORMANCE BASED LOGISTICS
CONFERENCE IN ARLINGTON
TThe Performance Based Logistics Conference will be held 14 to 16 July 2008 at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia.
The 3-day event will include workshops with leaders from across the Department of Defense logistics community. The program is geared toward program managers, deputy directors, chiefs, team leaders, or members of a defense program in the areas of logistics, integrated logistics support, sustainment, supply chain management, systems engineering, contracting and acquisition, life-cycle management, business development, aftermarket support, support and services, inventory management, and missile and space maintenance.
For a list of speakers or to register, visit the Performance Based Logistics 2008 website at www.pblusa.com.