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A look at four challenges in establishing global LIS solutions to sustain critical military systems.


The United States (US) Government employs a variety of force protection and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems around the world. These systems detect and defend against threats to US service members and allied forces. The vital function of these systems—protecting US soldiers and allies—requires the equipment to be operational at all times, accomplished through responsive and agile logistics operations. Yet, many of these systems reside in remote locations and harsh environments, including active combat zones, which adds complexity to logistics.

A critical tool of successful logistics operations is the Logistics Information System (LIS). An LIS is a database used to effectively collect, validate, and analyze supply and maintenance data throughout the asset management lifecycle. The LIS tracks parts and supplies, maintenance actions, and quality control checks to help keep mission critical systems operational. For example, users can track the time it takes to deliver a part to a specific location in theater or track how often a part needs to be replaced. Analyzing this information, Logistics Specialists can then predict when to order and ship parts so they arrive at the right time and in the right quantities, preventing long system downtime waiting for part replacements. The LIS also communicates a transparent picture of inventory and asset information to geographically dispersed personnel, including Government representatives.

STS International designs, customizes, and deploys Logistics Information Systems for global asset management. Through our experience establishing end-to-end LIS solutions to sustain military systems, STS has identified and solved some of the top challenges faced when implementing an LIS, discussed in this paper.