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How to fix military logistics.

I read with interest your February editorial (Digital Age Logistics Systems Still No Panacea Some antidote or remedy that completely solves a problem. Most so-called panaceas in this industry, if they survive at all, wind up sitting alongside and working with the products they were supposed to replace.  for Troops, page 16) about the inefficiencies of logistic lo·gis·tic   also lo·gis·ti·cal
1. Of or relating to symbolic logic.

2. Of or relating to logistics.

[Medieval Latin logisticus, of calculation
 systems for the U.S. military. While I certainly can't argue that there are still a number of information systems that don't speak to each other, there are at least two logistics programs under development at Army aviation that are already delivering the expected benefits of integration.

Conditioned-based maintenance is a program that translates aircraft condition data and usage into proactive maintenance Proactive maintenance is a maintenance strategy for stabilizing the reliability of machines or equipment using Proactive maintenance services. Its central theme involves directing corrective actions aimed at failure root causes, not active failure symptoms, faults, or machine wear  actions. Though only in its formative stages of development, it is already demonstrating its ability to enable actionable maintenance and supply decisions. CBM CBM Commodore Business Machines
CBM Coalbed Methane
CBM Christoffel Blindenmission
CBM Condition Based Maintenance
CBM Confidence-Building Measures
CBM Curriculum Based Measurement (education)
CBM Cubic Meter
 does this by bringing data together from separate sources and merging it into a cohesive system of information for commanders, supply and logistics users, engineers, and manufacturers. This past October, the Army's CBM-data warehouse program was certified See certification.  by the Defense Business Systems Management Committee, placing it in an excellent position to become not only the Army's solution, but one that could also become a solution applicable for all branches of service.

The other program, an automated maintenance management system called ULLS-AE (unit level logistics systems--aviation enhanced), has helped to increase the overall tactical combat readiness Synonymous with operational readiness, with respect to missions or functions performed in combat.  of complex warfighting systems. It helps engineers to identify cost drivers that stem cost growth, as well as develop solutions that directly improve efficiency and safety. ULLS-AE has already been fielded to approximately 80 aviation units and facilities, including five Army divisions. It is in use on more than 1,200 aircraft.

Mike Ruggeri

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Title Annotation:LETTERS
Author:Ruggeri, Mike
Publication:National Defense
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Apr 1, 2007
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