Concept of Operations and Implementation Plan for Industry Integrated Logistics System (I2LS)
AIR FORCE LOGISTICS COMMAND KELLY AFB TX DIRECTORATE OF AEROSPACE FUELS
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A new approach to the logistics of acquisition combines elements of military and corporate strategies, which would allow the Department of Defense to take links out of the supply chain and radically streamline the system. The result will be a dramatic decrease in both logistics response time and materiel cost. While commander of the Defense Contract Management Command DCMC at the Stewart and Stevenson plant in Sealy, TX, LTC Paul Dronka recognized a need for a modernized parts system to support the Armys new family of medium tactical vehicles MTVs. Dronka initiated an Army Reserve project to study modern systems used in private industry and to develop a new system to be considered for MTV parts support. The author was tasked for this project, and was sent to study manufacturing operations at Lockheeds Fort Worth F-16 Fighter airplane plant and at Bell Helicopters facility in Dallas. After Dronkas reassignment in July 1997, his replacement, LTC August Mancuso III, embraced the project and lent additional years of experience as an infantryman, tactical logistician, and contracting officer. The resulting concept incorporates state-of-the-art methods into a distribution system based upon best commercial practices rather than the traditional demand-level based military supply system. This distribution system constitutes a paradigm shift from the traditional depot parts support process. Whereas the depots depend upon warehousing and stockage based on demand levels, the new process the contractor-managed parts process relies upon best commercial practices. This article provides an overview of the new concept.
- Administration and Management
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies