Army Logistics

The Army is using a number of tiered logistics systems in Operation Joint Endeavor.

At the company level, the Army uses the Unit Level Logistics System to order and track supplies, according to a spokesman for Computer Sciences Corp. CSC supports ULLS and other retail logistics systems out of the Army Information Systems Software Development Center, Fort Lee, Va.

Supply companies, called "direct support units," employ the ULLS to help outfit about 10 to 15 companies. The CSC spokesman likened ULLS to a "local parts store."

The ULLS systems typically tap into the Standard Army Retail-Level Supply System, also supported by CSC. The four SARSS systems in Bosnia reside at the Army corps level. SARSS receives and processes supply orders from the ULLS systems. In cases of particularly urgent need, the company-level ULLS systems can bypass SARSS and order supplies directly from the Army's "wholesale" logistics systems. The Army defines wholesale systems as those that deal directly with commercial suppliers.

A third CSC-supported logistics system, the Department of the Army Movement Management System (DAMMS), is also in use in Bosnia. DAMMS gear resides at ports of entry and is used to track cargo, allocate transportation assets and route convoys.

CSC is now defining an interface that will link DAMMS with the Joint Total Asset Visibility system. Once completed, the interface will allow DAMMS to be a source of information on cargo for the JTAV system, according to the CSC spokesman.

CACI International Inc., meanwhile, has seen its Standard Army Automated Contracting System play a role in Joint Endeavor. The Army is using SAACONS in contracting offices in Kaposvar, Hungary, and Tuzla, Bosnia. The system lets Army buyers place orders with U.S.-based suppliers via electronic data interchange.

"One of the things electronic commerce does is shorten the order ship time," said Drew Gordon, CACI's director of electronic acquisitions systems program development. EC moves organizations closer to a just-in-time philosophy, which means they can reduce inventory levels, he added.

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