2.1 Army Enterprise Systems Integration Program (AESIP)
The Army continues to modernize its ERP business systems to simplify operations, optimize processes, and provide an accurate, Enterprise view of business information to all users. AESIP is a key component of this initiative. AESIP integrates business processes and systems by serving as the Enterprise hub for the Army’s logistics and financial ERP business systems:
• General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS), the Army’s financial system
• Global Combat Support System - Army (GCSS-Army), the tactical logistics system
• Logistics Modernization Program (LMP), the national logistics system.
AESIP enables integration by linking business processes and data across existing IT systems. This integration optimizes business processes and supports Enterprise level information requirements. AESIP has successfully delivered a Web-based solution for the creation and management of customer and vendor master data and implemented an optimized messaging and hub services capability.
AESIP houses and enables the Army Enterprise material master which provides the Army a single authoritative source for material data supporting all Army constituent (modernized and legacy) systems. This Army Enterprise material master provides the catalyst to manage, control, create, change, archive, and validate data, while providing a single global view of material thus, providing the basic building blocks for Product Lifecycle Management/Weapon System Management. Implementation of the Enterprise material master has enabled inventory management, accountability, pricing, accounting functions, and Material Requirements Planning (MRP) operations to be seamlessly integrated into the Army Enterprise vision.
Products and Services
AESIP services include:
• Enterprise hub services
• Enterprise master data management
• Business intelligence and analytics
2.2 Global Combat Support System-Army (GCSS-Army)
Fort Lee, VA
GCSS-Army oversees the implementation of the tactical logistics and financial ERP program to integrate business processes and offer an Army-wide view of logistics information from the battlefield.
An 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment soldier uses GCSS-Army to perform his sustainment mission at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif.
GCSS-Army will allow commanders to anticipate, allocate, and synchronize the flow of resources across all areas of operations. Army logisticians will realize significant improvements in mission performance over the current tactical logistics management information systems. GCSS-Army will replace aging, stove-piped tactical logistics systems and associated financial capabilities and interface with applicable Army C2 systems and Joint systems as a follow-on initiative.
This Web-based system, supported by laptops and AIT devices, provides essential functionality for limited disconnected operations and for connected operations using robust deployable communications to connect to a centralized database for all users at all echelons.
2.3 Joint-Automatic Identification Technology (J-AIT)
J-AIT provides a single point of contact for procurement and technical expertise across the suite of AIT-enabling technologies. AIT technology supports logistics, Total Asset Visibility (TAV), and the integration of global supply chains. J-AIT provides automated near real-time accurate data collection, aggregation, and retrieval technologies and services that enhance information management systems. J-AIT manages the Radio Frequency In-Transit Visibility (RF-ITV) system for DoD, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and coalition partners in support of expeditionary logistics and the joint war fight.
USAREUR soldiers train to use the PDK to set up a mobile tag read and write station.
J-AIT is the DoD procurement activity for AIT and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) products and manages the worldwide RF-ITV infrastructure. J-AIT administers contracts and ensures compliance with IA and net worthiness requirements. J-AIT assists in other AIT/RFID disciplines to include Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation to Ordnance (HERO) certification and frequency supportability.
RF-ITV is a fielded capability that provides support to commanders and logisticians in all branches of the armed forces, NATO, and coalition partners. This worldwide network of more than 13,000 read and write stations (including RFID-integrated satellite tracking systems) and associated equipment in 49 countries uses RF-ITV for tracking RFID tagged shipments in the military supply chain. RF-ITV uses wireless technology to capture and pass information about resources at rest or in motion in the supply chain. RFID applications span the length of the DoD distribution supply chain to include shipping, receipt, storage/issue, transportation, nodal tracking, and disposal.
Total tracking solutions for DoD include:
• Complete program life cycle support
• Interoperable/compatible with DoD logistics systems
• Turn-key COTS solutions
• Customer-focused support
• Sensor/condition-based monitoring
Item Unique Identification (IUID)
J-AIT offers item unique identification (IUID) technical assistance to Army activities. IUID is a program involving the marking of items delivered to the DoD with unique item identifiers, which distinguish the items from other like and unlike items. Supporting DoD IUID implementation since 2003, the J-AIT is now standardizing the support services it has provided, offering non-reimbursable IUID support services to Army customers. J-AIT can answer questions on IUID and assist Army organizations with identifying cost-effective approaches for their IUID implementation responsibilities.
Products and Services
J-AIT solutions provide a suite of electronic tools to capture and transfer data about assets:
• Active and passive RFID technologies
• Bar code technologies supporting data matrix, PDF 417, and linear symbologies
• Radio frequency data collection
• Contact memory buttons
• Wireless security
• HERO certified
2.4 Logistics Modernization Program (LMP)
Fort Belvoir, VA
The Logistics Modernization Program provides a comprehensive, modernized logistics solution that allows AMC to provide world-class logistics readiness to the war fighter.
Operational since July 2003, LMP delivers a fully-integrated suite of software and business processes that streamlines the Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO), planning, finance, acquisition, and supply of weapon systems, spare parts, services, and materiel to the war fighter. Fundamental to the Army’s transformation efforts, LMP replaces a stove-piped legacy systems environment and enables the Army to leverage the power of precise, up-to-the minute Enterprise-wide data and improved business processes. This state-of-the-art ERP solution moves the Army’s logistics capabilities squarely into the 21st century and sets the stage for achieving a state of excellence in joint interoperability. Today, LMP is operational at the Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) Lifecycle Management Command (LCMC), Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM), Tank Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM), Joint Munitions and Lethality (JM&L), Army Sustainment Command (ASC), Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), and other Army locations.
The program manages a multi-billion dollar inventory with tens of thousands of vendors and integrates with more than 70 DoD systems. Now fully fielded, LMP operates at more than 50 locations worldwide with approximately 25,000 users, delivering materiel to war fighters when and where they need it.
2.5 Transportation Information Systems (TIS)
TIS supports the Joint Logistics (Distribution) process through improving efficiency and interoperability within the Army transportation information systems for deployment, sustainment and redeployment activities. Unit movements, theater operations, cargo management, and air load planning applications are used throughout the transportation community supporting war fighters worldwide. The applications support the movement of personnel, equipment, and sustainment cargo from home station to destination and back…maintaining visibility of the movement from the tactical, operational, and strategic levels.
TIS provides complete product lifecycle management, premier transportation and distribution IT solutions, transportation systems functional expertise, and a 24/7 Support Operations Center (SOC). TIS transportation and distribution systems include:
• Transportation Coordinators’ – Automated Information for Movements System II (TC-AIMS II) Unit Move and Deployment
• Deployment Planning and Execution
• Sustainment Transportation Control Number (TCN) in support of retrograde operations
• NIPRnet Globe Services (NGS) (TIS Globe)
• TC-AIMS II Theater Operations (TOPS)
• Convoy Management
• Highway Regulation
• Convoy Planning and Execution
• Movement and Mode Management
• Integrates TIS Globe
• Automated Air Load Planning System (AALPS)
• Air Load Planning and Execution Capability
• Automated Movement Flow Tracking – In-Transit Visibility (AMFT-ITV)
• Simplifies process of capturing and assembling ITV data into user-friendly charts, graphs, and reports
• Enables a near real-time capability to update unit locations and the status of their deployment process
• Air Movement Request (AMR)
• Supports the mission of Army air transportation
• Leverages the base capabilities currently available within the Transportation Movement Request (TMR)
• Provides additional functionality including mission route orders (ring routes) and schedules forecasting
• Integrates TIS Globe
Advancing Soldier Requirements
TIS uses IT as an enabler to advance soldier capabilities while continually leveraging the contrasting strengths of the diverse perspectives among customers in the Army National Guard, Reserves, and active duty soldiers worldwide. TIS provides IT efficiencies that deliver ongoing benefits and solutions right back to the source…our customers.
TIS is currently developing software improvements to TC-AIMS II TOPS and AMR. The result of a year-long Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)-level ITV study and two Joint Urgent Operational Needs Statements (JUONS), these improvements aim to provide DoD and the Army with improved visibility of personnel and equipment. While targeted at logisticians in the Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) area, these improvements will have significant positive impacts on DoD operations worldwide. The software changes are currently on schedule for completion in fiscal year 2012.