Developing a Situation Awareness Environment for the Distribution Process Owner: Recommendations for United States Transportation Command
Air War College Air University Maxwell AFB United States
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On September 16, 2003, the Secretary of Defense designated the Commander, USTRANSCOM as the Distribution Process Owner DPO, charged with the responsibility to coordinate and synchronize execution of the DOD distribution system. In this context, distribution process is defined as the networks, relationships and procedures used by the Department of Defense to control the flow and distribution of military forces and materiel between the point of receipt into the military system and the point of issue to using activities and units.1 Additionally, on 28 July 2004, USTRANSCOM was given the responsibility for managing the Information Technology IT Portfolio associated with its DPO mission.2As such, historically the term COP D2 refers to a materiel IT solution that was undertaken by the DPO in 2006. However, this research is focused on the broader environment required for successful DPO situation awareness SA. Today, as functional proponent of a future DPO SA environment, USTRANSCOM is searching for best practices to provide visual and tabular supply-chain information necessary to execute DPO operations. This paper addresses holistic recommendations beyond technology for consideration as USTRANSCOM looks for effective ways to improve its information environment in support of its DPO mission. Executing its new role as Distribution Portfolio Manager DPfM, USTRANSCOM acted upon a requirement from the November 2005 Council of Logistics Directors Conference and moved forward with the DOD logistics community and the Defense Information Systems Agency DISA to provide a Common Operating Picture COP for Deployment and Distribution D2. During the fall of 2007 and spring 2008, DISA fielded an initial operating capability for COP D2 on its unclassified and classified Global Combat Support System-Joint GCSS-J web portals.