Accession Number:

ADA252214

Title:

Improving Supply Management: The CALS Connection

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT INST BETHESDA MD

Report Date:

1992-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

126.0

Abstract:

The Computer-Aided Acquisition and Logistics Support CALS program provides data management concepts and interchange standards that promote information sharing in digital form. CALS concepts can improve supply management processes and reduce costs by eliminating data exchange problems and providing timely access to information. Today with sequential processes, data are passed along with the task from function to function. The CALS concept shares digital data in a common data base allowing many tasks to be performed concurrently. As a result, throughput times are improved and flexibility is added so that the process can be modified as new information, like a design change, becomes available. This report examines the exchange of information between weapon system contractors and DoD when spare parts for new weapon systems are being provisioned and procured. The acquisition phase of weapon system support requires the transfer of information between a large number of contractors and DoD. The diversity of computer systems used by contractors and by Government activities has made information exchange extremely difficult to standardize. As a result, the introduction of CALS concepts can have its most dramatic impact during the acquisition phase of weapon system support.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE