WarMart

The USAF central logistics system procures, repairs, and distributes exchangeable parts in support of their warfighter brethren in the field.  Current logistics management practices focus on satisfaction of supply goals based largely on statistical models of historical part-failure experience.  While these techniques are effective in a large proportion of the parts population, there are circumstances in which failures momentarily exceed the statistical norm and in which patterns of need deviate from both the general Air Force experience and historical precedence.

WarMart is a crowdsourced common-operating picture (COP) capability that connects the warfighter to central logistics decision makers.  Using proven and well-accepted social-media technology, WarMart collects inputs from warfighter squadrons and present actionable analytic results to depot and system program office (SPO) decision makers.

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Blood Availability & Safety Information System (BASIS)

The BASIS technology is a web-based application that enables the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to gather and analyze blood collection and usage information from civilian hospitals & blood centers.  The information helps DHHS establish policies and procedures for better blood resource management.

In addition to tracking and reporting on blood inventories, the BASIS technology also addresses a number of additional blood resourcing needs:

  • Support for emergency response,
  • Analysis of blood inventory excess and shortages to fa­cil­it­ate their optimal use,
  • Collaboration and communication among the various agents in the blood supply chain,
  • Proactive detection of blood supply chain problems before they become critical and notification of the relevant stakeholders, and
  • Analytical and reporting tools for blood supply managers to analyze, detect patterns, make correlations, and forecast future blood inventory requirements.

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Transformation in Maintenance & Repair (XFMR)

The XFMR solutions concept allows for interactive critical chain re-sequencing, constraint violation identification, and automated critical chain plan option generation.  These capabilities are transforming Air Logistics Center (ALC) operations to warrior-centric, highly adaptive, and more efficient sustainment enterprise activities.

The Transformation in Maintenance and Repair (XFMR, or “transformer”) research effort identified the critical method and tool technology voids that must be addressed in transforming Air Logistics Center (ALC) operations to warrior-centric, highly adaptive, and more efficient sustainment enterprise activities.  Central to addressing these voids is a set of key technologies that support a critical chain program management (CCPM) approach based on Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints (TOC).  The XFMR solution concept includes a set of Critical Chain deconfliction tools that provide critical chain re-sequencing, constraint violation identification, and automated and optimized critical chain plan option generation.Continue reading