Éditoriaux Défense Sécurité Terrorisme Zones de conflits Logistique Livres de référence Liens
Terre Air Mer Gendarmerie Renseignement Infoguerre Cyber Recherche

New System Makes Tracking Supplies Easier

New System Makes Tracking Supplies Easier

By Petty Officer Gary Henry, Navy Information Bureau Kansas City.

Scott Air Force Base, Illinois -- (AFPN) September 27, 2002 -- In Afghanistan and other austere locations, U.S. troops are now able to better track their orders of vital supplies. That is because of recent efforts by U.S. Transportation Command officials to improve the "in-transit visibility" of people and cargo moving through the Defense Transportation System.

"Tracking makes planning easier," said Lori Jones, chief of the in-transit visibility branch at USTRANSCOM. Unfortunately, that has not always been the case, she said.

The whereabouts or in-transit visibility of people and cargo is frequently a mystery to the frontline warfighters who need that information the most, she said

In-transit visibility is the military's long-sought goal to clearly track the identity, status and location of traveling people and cargo from origin to destination, and to make that information available to warfighters throughout the chain of command.

That means now, with a few clicks of a mouse on a laptop in Afghanistan, a supply sergeant can tell his commander that a crucial shipment of parts from the United States has landed in Kabul and is scheduled to arrive by truck the next day.

"ITV is crucial for planning, in war or peace," Jones said.

It is more of a reality now, she said, at close to 100-percent manifest level reliability for intratheater. But until recently, it was a dream, particularly in and around Afghanistan.

The need for a reliable tracking system became painfully apparent during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Thousands of containers arriving in theater had to be opened and inspected just to find out what was in them before sending them on, Jones explained. It cost time, effort and uncertainty.

As recently as December, Operation Enduring Freedom troops in U.S. Central Command had difficulty tracking their re-supply items such as food, water and ammunition they needed to get the job done.

"These locations are remote and austere," Jones said. "There's no infrastructure. Units were filling out logistical paperwork, but it wasn't going anywhere into any kind of reporting system. People just couldn't tell where and when the things they needed would arrive."

The effort to support the warfighter and provide near-real time ITV began in earnest right after the terrorist attacks of Sept 11, Jones explained.

That is when USTRANSCOM's Brig. Gen. Gil Hawk headed up a "cell" or task force whose job was to resolve differences in tracking and reporting procedures throughout the different branches.

"They resolved fire wall and data exchange issues throughout all the different services," Jones said. "The team consisted of active-duty military, reservists, government civilians, and civilian contractors. They worked 24/7."

By December, Hawk's group laid the groundwork for ensuring critical information exchanges were clearly passed to USTRANSCOM's Global Transportation Network. GTN links the services and defense agencies logistics systems throughout the DOD and the commercial carrier information into one integrated database. GTN is the DOD's designated in-transit visibility system of record.

That done, the effort took on an operational flavor and focused energy to ensure CENTCOM locations had needed capability to report movements into and out of the theater, Jones said. Air Force Maj. Gen. William Welser III led the cell in putting reporting and tracking procedures in place for logisticians throughout the military -- with an emphasis on getting people in the remote and dangerous areas of USCENTCOM plugged into the system.

Air Mobility Command, part of USTRANSCOM and also based here, sent special training teams into Afghanistan. The teams installed equipment and trained aerial port workers on how to use the latest technology.

Jones explained that within weeks the teams brought the ability to receipt and process critical movements into and within the theater supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Though that was a priority, Welser's group continued -- and continues today -- to train logisticians across the DOD, in order to get everyone more fully plugged in to GTN.

Discipline and compliance with documentation procedures is the key to the system. As with any automated system, garbage in equals garbage out, said Jones. Training of personnel is vital so that they understand the key role they play ensuring senior leaders and troops across the board have the necessary information for decision-making.

"So we're constantly training, tracking and refining the system," she said. "All with the goal of 100 percent in-transit visibility across the board.

"We've had several days in a row of 100 percent ITV," Jones reports. "On Aug. 22, we had the cargo and passengers reported on 53 of 53 intratheater missions, and on 21 of 23 intertheater missions (97 percent ITV). This is just a portion of the total spectrum."

"We never expected this level of success so soon," Jones said. "Back in January we were hoping for a 60 percent ITV rate by summer."

Though USTRANSCOM and DOD officials have made logistical improvement in ITV, they are still only about a third of the way to where they want to go

"Total asset visibility is our ultimate goal," Jones said.

She explained that while GTN can report on items in transit, material in storage or in repair is a different story. Discussions and research are currently under way on TAV.

(Courtesy of USTRANSCOM New Service)

Related Links

 

Derniers articles

Verdun 2016 : La légende de la « tranchée des baïonnettes »
Eyes in the Dark: Navy Dive Helmet Display Emerges as Game-Changer
OIR Official: Captured Info Describes ISIL Operations in Manbij
Cyber, Space, Middle East Join Nuclear Triad Topics at Deterrence Meeting
Carter Opens Second DoD Innovation Hub in Boston
Triomphe de St-Cyr : le Vietnam sur les rangs
Dwight D. Eisenhower Conducts First OIR Missions from Arabian Gulf
L’amiral Prazuck prend la manœuvre de la Marine
Airmen Practice Rescuing Downed Pilots in Pacific Thunder 16-2
On ne lutte pas contre les moustiques avec une Kalachnikov...
Enemy Mine: Underwater Drones Hunt Buried Targets, Save Lives
Daesh Publications Are Translated Into Eleven Languages
Opération Chammal : 10 000 heures de vol en opération pour les Mirage 2000 basés en Jordanie
Le Drian : Daech : une réponse à plusieurs niveaux
Carter: Defense Ministers Agree on Next Steps in Counter-ISIL Fight
Carter Convenes Counter-ISIL Coalition Meeting at Andrews
Carter Welcomes France’s Increased Counter-ISIL Support
100-Plus Aircraft Fly in for Exercise Red Flag 16-3
Growlers Soar With B-1s Around Ellsworth AFB
A-10s Deploy to Slovakia for Cross-Border Training
We Don’t Fight Against Mosquitoes With a Kalashnikov
Bug-Hunting Computers to Compete in DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge
Chiefs of US and Chinese Navies Agree on Need for Cooperation
DoD Cyber Strategy Defines How Officials Discern Cyber Incidents from Armed Attacks
Vice Adm. Tighe Takes Charge of Information Warfare, Naval Intelligence
Truman Strike Group Completes Eight-Month Deployment
KC-46 Completes Milestone by Refueling Fighter Jet, Cargo Plane
Air Dominance and the Critical Role of Fifth Generation Fighters
Une nation est une âme
The Challenges of Ungoverned Spaces
Carter Salutes Iraqi Forces, Announces 560 U.S. Troops to Deploy to Iraq
Obama: U.S. Commitment to European Security is Unwavering in Pivotal Time for NATO
International Court to Decide Sovereignty Issue in South China Sea
La SPA 75 est centenaire !
U.S. to Deploy THAAD Missile Battery to South Korea
Maintien en condition des matériels : reprendre l’initiative
La veste « léopard », premier uniforme militaire de camouflage
Océan Indien 2016 : Opérations & Coopération
Truman Transits Strait of Gibraltar
Navy Unveils National Museum of the American Sailor
New Navy, Old Tar
Marcel Dassault parrain de la nouvelle promotion d’officiers de l’École de l’Air
RIMPAC 2016 : Ravitaillement à la mer pour le Prairial avant l’arrivée à Hawaii
Bataille de la Somme, l’oubliée
U.S., Iceland Sign Security Cooperation Agreement
Cléopatra : la frégate Jean Bart entre dans l’histoire du BPC Gamal Abdel Nasser
Surveiller l’espace maritime français aussi par satellite
America's Navy-Marine Corps Team Fuse for RIMPAC 2016
Stratégie France : Plaidoyer pour une véritable coopération franco-allemande
La lumière du Droit rayonne au bout du chemin





Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).

Contact