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GCSS-J providing real-time data access.

The Joint logistician is frequently responsible for additional information and some operations from other less traditionally understood functional areas. These areas could include acquisition and contingency contracting, finance, engineering, force health protection (medical), logistics services, and personnel.

While in this latter grouping the Joint logistician is not the primary operator of the functions, there is a strong interest in their operations especially as they relate to supporting logistics operations, monitoring of force movements and sustainment of logistics force readiness.

The purpose of the Global Combat Support System-Joint (GCSS-J) is to provide a fused information picture of the logistics information needs of the joint war fighting community across the Joint logistics environment (JLE).

GCSS-J has set out to accomplish multiple goals. It starts with providing real-time dynamic access to authoritative data via map-based displays and user-defined views, as well as to provide tools and views that enable visibility over requirements, resources and processes to support the way Joint logisticians do their work.

The system also strives to deliver a world-class application that provides the logistics view for command & control and planning applications, as well as leverage an agile development process to yield quality products.

As we progress, functional users will be included in the development process to define views and assess progress instead of the traditional model of waiting until operational test and evaluation.

GCSS-J will lead the net-centricity charge through use of a standards-based commercial off-the-shelf infrastructure, a service oriented architecture (SOA), single sign-on and web services to subscribe to and provide/publish data and applications.

Currently we are working to develop an exportable proof of concept of a Joint Logistics Common Operational Picture in collaboration with Central Command (CENTCOM). The focus is to improve theater user views with intuitive, map-based applications using the timeliest data available.

The CENTCOM approved priorities for commodities are fuels, munitions and intra-theater distribution. Development of the first commodity resulted in the map and watch board-based views for CENTCOM theater bulk fuels that were established by CENTCOM fuels managers leveraging a combination of Fuels Enterprise System (FES) and the Bulk Petroleum Contingency Report (REPOL).

The developer, Defense Information Systems Activity, is working to refine a new agile development process. As a result, the functionality present in the CENTCOM proof of concept was developed in a one-month sprint using existing GCSS-J infrastructure and capitalizing on frequent interaction and engagement between the development team and subject matter experts (users).

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The way ahead for GCSS-J is to continue to improve functionality and incorporate the latest technology, to shorten the development process timeline and to establish the GCSS-J governance process.

The end state for GCSS-J is a cohesive JLE which is based on the following overarching strategies and concepts: Net-Centric Data Strategy compliance, Net-Centric Services Strategy compliance, and a SOA supported by a Federation of Integrated Data Environments.

Once this environment is realized, Joint logisticians will have the ability to view and access information for all commodities on their own user-defined operational picture. This capability is achievable via Web service applications that allow systems to publish information for use by users.

By CDR Jay Pryor, Capabilities Branch Chief, Knowledge Based Logistics Division, Joint Staff Logistics Directorate

CDR Jameau "Jay" Pryor's previous assignment include Navy Supply Information Systems Activity, and an Individual Augmentee (IA) assignment as Logistics Planner for Iraq Assistance Group, J5, Victory Base Camp, Baghdad, Iraq.
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Author:Pryor, Jay
Publication:Navy Supply Corps Newsletter
Date:May 1, 2009
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