The Interactive Electronic Technical Manual: Requirements, Current Status, and Implementation. Strategy Considerations.
Final rept. Oct 90-Jul 91,
DAVID TAYLOR RESEARCH CENTER BETHESDA MD
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This report reviews existing hindrances to the achievement of a fully effective modern Integrated Logistic System which results from the current reliance on paper-based Technical Manuals. It proposes that realization of the full integration of Technical Information required for effective logistics support of weapon systems and other DOD hardware can be accomplished only by adoption of a system which provides for automated preparation of interactive, electronically displayed Technical Information specifically, through DOD-wide adoption of the Interactive Electronic Technical Manual IETM. The IETM concept is described in some detail. The advantages of IETMs in solving existing Technical Information preparation, distribution, control, and usability problems are discussed. A summary of previous analyses and operational tests of IETM concepts is provided. Functional requirements for an IETM system capable of providing effective logistic-support guidance e.g., training, system operation, maintenance, and supply are discussed. The report proposes establishment of a DOD strategy to achieve a coordinated adoption of the IETM within the Services, and describes in some detail the nature of the components of such a strategy.
- Information Science
- Recording and Playback Devices
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies