The newest update of the Operational Logistics Planner incorporates
the Modular Army organization into the planning system.
Logistics planners now have an easy tool for completing logistics estimates. The Army Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM) Planning Data Branch (PDB) has released Operational Logistics (OPLOG) Planner 7.0. CASCOM has refined the OPLOG Planner into a premier planning tool specifically designed to support operations typically associated with plans and orders for multiphase operations.
Those who have not used OPLOG Planner recently will notice a number of changes. Recent upgrades enable the interactive tool to quickly determine which logistics supplies planners will need to support operations. The new OPLOG Planner has more user-friendly menus and queries and includes extensive help features.
OPLOG Planner enables users to estimate mission requirements for water, ice, mail, and all classes of supply (except material to support nonmilitary programs [class X]), using the latest modular force structures and planning rates approved by the Deputy Chief of Staff, G–4, Department of the Army. No other planning tool gives users this Army-approved and updated logistics estimate planning data.
OPLOG Planner allows the user to build multiple task organizations by using a preloaded list of units and equipment or by importing custom-built units that the user has created from scratch. OPLOG Planner assigns each task organization a consumption parameter set. A consumption parameter set establishes the rates, climate, joint phases (deter, seize initiative, or dominate) and Army operations (offense, defense, stability, or mission staging) necessary for the mission. The planner can use predefined default planning rates or customize rates based on unit experiences. These consumption parameter sets and task organizations form an order. OPLOG Planner generates the logistics supply requirements that users can view for the entire operation, by operational phase, by task organization, by unit, or by individual unit equipment. Users can print logistics requirement reports in Microsoft Word or export reports to Microsoft Excel for further analysis.
Users can save orders for recall and later use in course-of-action analysis. For example, if the user wants to estimate the fuel consumption of an infantry brigade combat team (IBCT) with an attached armor company in an offensive dominate operation, the user would select the IBCT and the armor company and place them in the same task organization. In a couple of minutes, the user will have the projected fuel requirement for the mission. In addition, a unit preparing to deploy to a theater can forecast supply requirements from the initial staging area to the final destination and then for its first phase of operation.
At least annually, CASCOM updates OPLOG Planner with current force structure and rate changes, including the effect of up-armoring or revised equipment usage profiles on fuel usage. The CASCOM PDB provides additional updates based on user needs and suggestions, so users should check back regularly for the most current version. Planned future upgrades include the addition of a casualty estimator for medical calculations, a transportation analysis module, and expansion of the ammunition (class V) rates module.
In addition to OPLOG Planner 7.0, PDB has developed several Microsoft Excel workbooks to assist the Army in the field with estimations of requirements for specific classes of supply. Users can find estimation and other planning tools for food and water, construction materials, and barrier-fortification supplies on the Internet at https://www.cascom.army.mil/private/CDI/FDD/
Multi/PDB/EstimationTools.htm. A platform calculator and a master standard requirement code query are also available.
Users can download OPLOG Planner from the CASCOM PDB webpage. The Internet Protocol address is https://www.cascom.army.mil/private/CDI/FDD/Multi/
PDB/OPLOGPLANNER.HTM. The PDB is looking for feedback on the tool, so try it out and let us know what you think. Users can email OPLOG Planner support with questions and comments about OPLOG Planner 7.0 at leeeOPLOGPLN@conus.army.mil.
Thomas W. Chavers is the Database Manager for the Army Combined Arms Support Command, Logistics Planning Data Branch, at Fort Lee, Virginia. He has a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of South Alabama and is a graduate of the Operations Research and Systems Analysis Military Applications Course.