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  • The ‘Grey Haze’ of NAVSUP: Examining ERP and the Global Supply ChainThe ‘Grey Haze’ of NAVSUP: Examining ERP and the Global Supply Chain

    Rear Admiral Mark Heinrich, Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command, USN, believes the worlds most dynamic, agile, and successful supply chain is managed by the Department of Defense. In the following interview, he explores the current priorities for NAVSUP, and provides comprehensive insights on the Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) solution. Furthermore RADM Heinrich discusses what is required to maintain an effective domestic supply chain in an era of fiscal uncertainty.

  • Maintaining a Combat Ready Force (Insights from the PA National Guard)

    The 28th Infantry has supported the War on Terror for 11 years now. In the following interview, BG Wilbur Wolf highlights the various personnel, equipment and training requirements for maintaining a combat ready force and points out the unique challenges of being the only NG unit with STRYKERS. Read on...

  • GAO Examines DoDGAO Examines DoD's Supply Chain
    GAO advises Congress and the heads of executive agencies to include DOD about ways to make government more efficient, effective, ethical, equitable and responsive. In 2011, GAO found that DOD had taken steps to mitigate some of the challenges concerning supplying the warfighter in Afghanistan, but it continues to face several challenges in delivering and maintaining visibility of supplies and equipment...

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  • IDGA Q&A: Optimizing RESET Logistics Support for Warfighter ReadinessIDGA Q&A: Optimizing RESET Logistics Support for Warfighter Readiness
    IDGA Q&A: TRAVIS CURTIS, SR., DML Chief Warrant Officer (Retired) Travis Curtis, Sr., DML, is the Tobyhanna Army Depot Liaison Officer supporting the Aviation Missile Life Cycle Management Command (AMCOM), Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. He assumed the position in July 2008. In March 2011, he also was detailed for four months as the Director of Business Management for Tobyhanna Army Depot. His responsibility includes providing integrated logistics support for the life cycle management for a variety of C4ISR equipment that is RESET, RECAP and overhauled by the depot and managed by the Communication Electronics Life Cycle Management Command (CECOM).  His awards include the United States Army Bronze Star, Army Meritorious Service Medals (5thAward), United States Army Superior Civilian Service Medal, Army Commendation Medals (4thAward), Secretary of Defense Global War on Terrorism Medal, and the United States Army Commander’s Medals for Civilian Service (3rdAward). IDGA
  • IDGA Q&A with Jerrilee de Geus: USMC RESET and Redistribution Strategy and IssuesIDGA Q&A with Jerrilee de Geus: USMC RESET and Redistribution Strategy and Issues
    Jerrilee de Geus is Logistics Manager, GTES PM MT/Light Fleet, for the Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, Vir. IDGA recently spoke with Ms. de Geus about MARCOSYSCOM’s role in fleet RESET, the unique challenges posed by light vehicles, and the current acquisition priorities for vehicle sustainment.  IDGA: You will be addressing the RESET strategies and issues as they relate to the Marine Corps Systems Command at IDGA’s Military Logistics and RESET Summit. Broadly speaking, what is MARCORSYSCOM's role in fleet RESET?  Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) and the Program Executive Officer, Land Systems (PEO LS) are responsible for acquiring the systems and equipment to equip the Marine Warfighter. The Program Offices have responsibility not only for the acquisition of the new ground equipment and associated items but the overall life cycle management of that equipment - meaning MCSC is responsible for the development, procurement, and sustainment of all
  • National Guard RESET Program and ProjectsNational Guard RESET Program and Projects
    IDGA: As Program Manager, you face an extremely broad array of challenges, with top RESET priorities consistently shifting and evolving.  What are the current primary equipment priorities for RESET? COL Leonhard: First and foremost, our rest priorities are established based on the ARFORGEN cycle and the mission of the owning unit. Equipment reset requirements are those essential items our soldiers need to perform both domestic and operational missions. Standard procedures outline individual weapons and masks as the first priority; basic soldier essential items. Next in line is the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (C4ISR) equipment, followed by vehicles and major end items. An important note is that due to the depth and breadth of technical capability in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard full time workforce, we are able to conduct reset operations on all of the aforementioned categories simultaneously. This economy of
  • US Strives For Enhanced Military Communication and Military Logistics with JTRS
    The US military announced that it had developed a new software communications architecture for its joint tactical radio system (JTRS), aimed at providing additional flexibility and capability for the various platforms operating within the program. It is the latest step in the Department of Defense's efforts to create an integrated network of radio systems using cutting-edge radio waveform technology, which will enhance military logistics in the future. The project was initiated in 1997 with the aim of bringing together a loosely-associated group of radio replacement programs to form a single network, which will allow multiple radio types, such as handheld, aircraft and maritime, to communicate with each other. Around 25 to 30 families of radio systems were previously used by the military, but many could not communicate with each other. The idea behind the new program is to create software-based radios that can operate across the entire radio frequency spectrum. Interoperability
  • An Introduction to Logistical Excellence
    IDGA Editor Chris Archer conducted an interview with Lieutenant Colonel James H. Henderson, "Cotton," USA (Ret), an expert Military Logistician, and Author of three logistics publications, including; Military Logistics Made Easy: Concept, Theory, and Execution, Logistics in Support of Disaster Relief, and The Process of Military Distribution Management: A Guide to Assist Military and Civilian Logisticians in Linking Commodities and Movement. Part one in the interview series provides us with a brief career overview on LTC Henderson (Ret), and the interview also explores the notion of ‘Logistics Excellence’ in regard to developing a successful logistics strategy.  Chris Archer – IDGA Editor: LTC Henderson, tell me about your former role within the US Army – how are you involved today? LTC Henderson: I am a Quartermaster Officer by trade and have served tours in Operations Desert Shield and Storm, as well as my last duty assignment I was the Deputy
  • Providing Effective & Efficient Support to our Warfighters
    As the US continues to draw down in Afghanistan, the logistical needs of the troops are changing. The DLA remains steadfast to ensure they meet the demands of the troops. This means ‘supplying exactly what those combatant commanders need, when they need it’.  William Kenny, ED-Troop Support examines the challenges and strategies to ensuring this is achieved efficiently and in a fiscally responsible way. IDGA: Are the challenges associated with supply and demand to our troops changing as the US draws down in Afghanistan? What issues does this present? At DLA Troop Support, we are focused on maintaining our current level of support while remaining flexible. Our main goal is to ensure all the troops have what they need by being responsive to the services and combatant commander, and to support other organizations in the area just as we are doing with subsistence support for the Department of State in Iraq. The bottom line is that DLA Troop Support stays in close

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  • AUDIO: Maintaining a Combat Ready Force (Insights from the PA National Guard)

    The 28th Infantry has supported the War on Terror for 11 years now. In the following interview, BG Wilbur Wolf highlights the various personnel, equipment and training requirements for maintaining a combat ready force and points out the unique challenges of being the only NG unit with STRYKERS. Read on...

  • C4I RESET, RECAP, and Retrograde Logistics with Travis CurtisC4I RESET, RECAP, and Retrograde Logistics with Travis Curtis

    Travis Curtis, Liason Officer at Tobyhanna Army Depot, discusses the latest at the Army depot.  He details the biggest challenge faced by the U.S. Army in terms of RESET and RECAP for Army C4I equipment.  He also talks about what solutions may exist for the Army to meet these challenges and to improve C4I retrograde logistics.

  • Military Logistics and the increasing use of COTS components with Ron GiuntiniMilitary Logistics and the increasing use of COTS components with Ron Giuntini

    Mr. Ron Giuntini, Chief Executive Officer of Giuntini & Company, Inc., discusses changing paradigms in the world of military logisitcs.  The irregular wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and rapid advancements in technology have forced changes in the way the military handles resupply and production.  An increasing use of COTS components has become the norm for the U.S. military, especially regarding special forces.  This includes both risks and benefits for the military and Mr. Giuntini discusses both.

  • UAV/UAS Lifecycle Sustainment with Robert HallinanUAV/UAS Lifecycle Sustainment with Robert Hallinan
    Robert Hallinan, a career military officer with over 30 years of military aviation related logistics and maintenance management experience discusses the logistics and sustainment issues likely to be faced given the increasing use and dependence the U.S. military has on UAV/UAS.  He details the use of programs like PBL to improve processes and to keep operational availability and mission readiness at the highest levels.  He also talks about the levels of maintanence ranging from field level to depot level to support the UAV/UAS missions.
  • RFID Technology for Military Logistics with Jeff TazelaarRFID Technology for Military Logistics with Jeff Tazelaar
    RFID is becoming increasingly popular for tracking inventory and to streamline supply processes. Jeff Tazelaar, an RFID expert with Lowry Computer, discusses the benefits and advantages of the military and defense industry adopting this system to improve efficiency.  He also details the types of RFID tagging systems that can be used and how they work to reduced time and improved tracking for organizations that have massive inventories and in the case of the military must track items in remote locations or environments like the ones found in OIF and OEF.
  • Gaining Supply Chain Efficiencies in Military Logistics with Greg Parlier

    Greg Parlier, a retired Army Colonel began his 30-year career as a section leader in an airborne infantry battalion and retired as the senior, most experienced ORSA (Operations Research/Systems Analyst) on active duty in the Army.  He discusses gaining greater supply chain efficiencies in the military (specifically the aviation sector) through the use of tools such as multi-stage analysis of systemic challenges and multi-stage integration.  He also details how using an "analytical architecture" can serve as a guide in logistics transformation.

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  • Transportation Modeling for Disaster Management with Dr. Charles Van GroningenTransportation Modeling for Disaster Management with Dr. Charles Van Groningen

    Dr. Charles Van Groningen, Group Leader for the Modeling Simulation and Visualization Group in the Decision and Information Sciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory, discusses transportation modeling for disaster management planning.  He details programs such as ELIST, PAT, and LPAT which are aiding DoD in supply chain management.  He also discusses work with FEMA and other disaster preparedness agencies on transportation and logistics projects.  He also gives examples on how using analysis has helped the City of Chicago and State of Florida in planning initiatives.

  • AMC on Anticipating Logistical RequirementsAMC on Anticipating Logistical Requirements
    This IDGA exclusive interview features Colonel Bradford Nelson, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence within the Army Materiel Command. In an era of persistent conflict, Colonel Nelson highlights the ways in which AMC is anticipating intelligence requirements and what it means to maintain a strategic edge through the logistic lifecycle.
  • Draw Downs in Middle East a challenge to FORSCOMDraw Downs in Middle East a challenge to FORSCOM

    How is the military planning to remove equipment from theatre after 10 years? What new technologies and equipment can industry provide to help FORSCOM G-4 fulfill its mission? Kevin Bostick, Chief, Equipping Readiness Division at FORSCOM G-4 answers these questions and more in this exclusive IDGA podcast. Find out about the latest plans to RESET and modernize equipment before redistribution and what we can expect from a logistics perspective with the draw down of troops in the coming years. Kevin Bostick will be speaking at IDGA's Soldier Equipment & Technology Expo & Conference at Fort Bragg, August 6th-9th, 2012.

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  • Heavy Vehicle Integrated Logistics Support

    Tommy Morgan of the Anniston Army Depot discusses military heavy vehicle overhauls and talks about vehicle sustainment.  He comments on the lifecycle requirements of different vehicles and how sustainment has been impacted by heavy vehicle use in the field in OIF/OEF and by short notice fielding requirements driven by needs in theater.  He elaborates on how total lifecycle management is fundamental in a looking at fielding of any vehicle.  He also talks about the capabilites and services provided by Anniston Army Depot.

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  • GAO Whitepaper - Defense Logistics: DOD Has Taken Actions to Improve Some Segments of the MaterielGAO Whitepaper - Defense Logistics: DOD Has Taken Actions to Improve Some Segments of the Materiel
    The federal government is facing serious long-term fiscal challenges, and DOD may confront increased competition over the next decade for federal discretionary funds.Given the fiscal environment DOD must operate in now and into the future, the distribution of supplies and equipment to the warfighter must be performed as effectively and efficiently as possible to ensure the best use of limited resources. Strategic guidance issued by the Secretary of Defense in January 2012 emphasized that DOD must continue to reduce the cost of doing business, in particular finding further efficiencies in overhead, business practices, and support activities.
  • Product Support Business Case Analysis for MRAPProduct Support Business Case Analysis for MRAP
    A Product Support Business Case Analysis [BCA] study is employed by the Program Manager [PM] Office of a Program Executive Office [PEO] of a Life Cycle Management Command [LCMC] in their Milestone Weapon System Acquisition review. GCI has developed a listing below of the varied elements required as inputs to the BCA. Read on…
  • Volatility of product technology
    The current business model for OEMs is to seek a problem being encountered by an organization and to configure a hardware/software solution that affordably and effectively addresses a resolution to the problem. For example, a warfighter requires, within a 6-month period, a communication system that can access satellite transmissions on-the-move for a period of 20 years. Read on…
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  • Approving Manager Letter
    Want to convince your approving manager of the merits of attending the Military Sustainment Summit? Take a look at this template of a “convince your boss” letter for the event!
  • Military Sustainment Past Attendee Snapshot
    Check out the Military Sustainment past attendee snapshot.

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