A Functional Architecture for a Logistics Expert System in a Sea Based Environment
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The Armed Forces of the United States are becoming more expeditionary in nature, in that more forces will be home-ported or home-stationed in the Continental U.S. One of the major characteristics associated with future military concepts is that they employ Joint and Coalition Forces from a sea base conducting a full range of operations in the littoral regions of the world. A key aspect of conducting operations is the sustainment of forces in a sea based environment. Future logistical architectures associated with providing that sustainment will be joint and integrated to provide seamless support to all forces operating in and around the sea base. The ordering system associated with that future logistical architecture must be robust, redundant, and not have a single point of failure. The ordering and tracking of all sustainment supplies through the supply chain distribution system will be important in ensuring that supplies are delivered to the right place and time to guarantee success. This thesis proposes to emphasize a functional architecture for an Expert Ordering System in a Sea Based environment that will reduce the overall logistical manpower requirements of the JointCombined Force. Use cases of different realistic scenarios will be produced to show justification of the system.
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