Air Vice-Marshal Graham Howard - Logistics Information


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This is a presentation delivered by Air Vice-Marshal Graham Howard, delivered at the RUSI Defence Information Superiority Conference 2013.

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  • Of note at the moment: bar coding & asset tracking / visibility We need to ensure that when it comes to redeployment we are bringing the right kit home for the right reasons and disposing of the rest appropriately (POGO) – therefore good Logistic Decision Support is essential. The application suite deployed and being deployed to theatre provides the IS to allow Commanders to make the best decisions possible and to allow us to return kit and troops in the correct manner.
  • Air Vice-Marshal Graham Howard - Logistics Information

    1. 1. ACDS (Log Ops) RUSI Conference - Defence Information 2013 Logistics Information Air Vice Marshal Graham Howard Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Logistic Operations) 27 September 2013
    2. 2. ACDS (Log Ops) Defence Logistics  Defence Logistics, whilst less visible than ships, tanks and aircraft, makes a critical contribution to Defence outputs and success on operations  Annual spend on Equipment Support, Infrastructure, Inventory Consumption & other costs (15.3bn in FY 11/12)  Drive to reduce the MoD’s Inventory (£39.4bn in FY 11/12)  The proportion of Contractor Logistic Support contracts will grow from 20% in 2007 to around 65% by 2017 Source: Finance data was from UKDS 2012
    3. 3. ACDS (Log Ops) Information is Everyone's Business Maritime Component Land Component Air Component Industry Defence Support Network NAVY Cmd ARMY Cmd AIR Cmd DSCOM Coupling Bridge PJHQPJHQDE&S JFC Cmd Joint Theatre of Operations Joint Force Logistics Component Base Inventory Deployed Inventory Logistic Information Systems
    4. 4. ACDS (Log Ops)  Due to a lack of reliable information about stocks, in order to ensure sufficient deliveries are made, the supply chain has to prioritise effectiveness over efficiency.  The Department is exposed to considerable risks in the supply chain if information systems fail. Legacy systems, especially those for base inventory and warehousing systems, represent a critical risk to the Department’s ability to supply its personnel.  The Department should improve and upgrade all facets of its supply chain information data systems, especially considering the significant operational risks of continuing to use decades-old IT systems.  The MoD has acknowledged information gaps and committed significant funds to an improvement programme
    5. 5. ACDS (Log Ops) • Complex web of Legacy Systems • Obsolete technologies • 997 unique software solutions (109 different suppliers) • 1112 unique hardware types (134 suppliers) • 70% of software products fell out of support in 2009 • Overlap in capabilities Defence Logistics Information Its not all about the Information Technology! • Systems • Processes • Data
    6. 6. ACDS (Log Ops) The Systems Future Logistic Information Services (FLIS): An 11-year (2010-2021) Fixed Price Service with Boeing Defence UK to:  Sustain, Develop & Integrate Log IS.  Rationalise complex, cumbersome and inefficient legacy IS.  Migration of legacy IS into purpose built, modern data centres.  Support Transformation.  Deliver Base Inventory Warehouse Management System (BIWMS) R1 & R2.  Consolidate supplier base (previously 120 contracts & 50 suppliers) Other Projects  Management Joint Deployed Inventory (MJDI)  Joint Asset Management & Engineering Solution (JAMES)  Transformational projects (BIWMS R3+ not included)  Air Movements IS  NATO Logistic Functional Applications Suite (LogFAS)
    7. 7. ACDS (Log Ops) Afghanistan - Redeployment Bar Coding MJDI Proof of Good Order JAMES eCompendium LogFAS AMIS Replacement Project Afghanistan
    8. 8. ACDS (Log Ops) Processes  WATERGUARD (tax liability)  MOSAIC (transform the physical supply chain)  Inventory Management and Materiel Holdings  Corporate processes - Align Log IS with Financial systems
    9. 9. ACDS (Log Ops)  Information should be: captured once-only; of suitable quality; easily transferrable from one data provider to another  Make individuals responsible and accountable for data in job specifications  Use the Data Quality Assessment Toolset to determine a baseline and improvement plans Data Quality
    10. 10. ACDS (Log Ops)  This is everyone’s business in Defence  The MoD has committed significant funds to modernise Log IS capabilities, deliver business capability improvements and improve its data quality  Collaboration between MOD and Industry by means of a common standardised approach to sharing Information is vital Summary