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Update: Defense Security Assistance Management System (DSAMS)

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The feature article of the summer DISAM Journal of 1998 discussed the background and development methodology of the Defense Security Assistance Management System DSAMS. This article describes some of the new features of DSAMS and also provides an update on changes to case processing that were delivered when Release 6 was deployed to all DSAMS sites in August 2000. DSAMS was first used by some Navy activities to write foreign military sales FMS cases in February of 1998. This first module was called the Case Development Module CDM and is represented by DSAMS Releases 1 through 5. The Army went live with DSAMS CDM in December of 1998, and the Air Force began use of DSAMS CDM in July of 1999. The initial use of DSAMS presented a number of challenges for both users and developers. Case data had to be converted from the old systems, some business processes and jobs had to be redesigned, software installation problems had to be resolved, and the initial group of users had to be trained. Since the implementing agencies moved into DSAMS over a period of time, there were adequate resources to address and solve problems. Release 6 deployment, however, was the first deployment of significant new functionality to all users at one time. Release 6 represents the Case Implementation Module or CIM, although it also builds considerably on CDM. The DSAMS team tested and deployed DSAMS Release 6 R6 in August 2000 following a year of intensive programming, testing, program fixes, and training. This article describes some of the new features of DSAMS R6 the ability to write leases and to produce certificates and reports related to leasing development and tracking of Letter of Intent LOI document implementation using overnight batch processing management flags to help users monitor case progression waiver and suspension functionality and enhancements that improve processing times and speed up data retrieval.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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