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United States Coast Guard Group/Station Operational Information System Proof of Concept Testbed Evaluation Report.

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The Operational Information System 015 project is a proof of concept effort sponsored by Commandant G-T, USOG, to examine ways of improving information flow in U.S. Coast Guard operations. 015 addresses several critical problems facing operational commanders today redundant data entry, information not available to field personnel, inadequate communications, inadequate resource picture, cumbersome tasking process, stovepipe information systems, proliferation of systems, and multi-level security. 015 could solve these operational problems and enhance mission performance. The USCG RD Center developed a proof-of-concept testbed to test key system concepts. The testbed focused on reports reduction. There are measurable benefits from a reduction in operational reporting, but they are not large and are also not directly capturable in the budget. The consensus of the Group Commander and senior officers who visited the testbed was that the major benefits 015 could provide the Coast Guard are a result of improved resource utilization. Information would become a force multiplier, allowing better coordination of multi-unit operations. Operational commanders could leverage their assets to greater advantage, especially if Ol5 were combined with innovative crewing concepts such as the Norwegian Crewing Concept. This would enable business process reengineering such as more centralized command and control, and more centralized resource basing. The resulting organization would include less shoreside infrastructure and fewer coordination personnel. It would also enable covering the same areas with fewer assets. It appears technically feasible for the Coast Guard to implement the Operational Information System. Most underlying technologies are well developed, with none posing unacceptable technical risk.

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  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Computer Systems
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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