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Maritime Logistics Community News : November 2009
29 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2009 and distribution network will see a reduction from 224 warehouses to about 100. Defence will reduce the cubic holding capacity by 22% and a physical reduction of 31% in the warehouse footprint. The new network will be based on seven major wholesale sites supported by seven minor specialist sites. For Navy, the changes will impact HMAS STRILING as Joint Logistics Unit (West) consolidates to Guildford. HMAS ALBATROSS is retained as a specialist satellite site of DNSDC Moorebank. So What?! Significant investment, $543m, in our wholesale storage and distribution network will provide Defence with modern, state of the art warehousing facilities that use technology to manage our inventory. We will transition from old World War II buildings with 1950s era technology to 21st century technology, introduce warehouse management systems that will complement our current logistics information management system, SDSS and the soon to be rolled out Military Integrated Logistics Information System (MILIS), and enhance or extend our use of Automated Identification Technology (AIT). What is Automated Identification Technology? AIT refers to a family of technologies and devices that store, capture, aggregate, and transfer data to information systems. These include an ever increasing range of software and hardware components within a number of discrete, but inter-related technologies: namely; barcodes, radio frequency identification (RFID), card technologies (magnetic, optical and smart), and global positioning systems. Input devices or terminals, and associated AIT specific software is used to collect, filter and aggregate the data stored on the AIT storage media and pass that data to Defence LIS. Why Use AIT? To stop this!!! AIT reduces administrative and logistics costs by automating routine, repetitive tasks thereby increasing data accuracy (eliminating errors), speeding the collection and transmission of data, and making the entire data entry/collation process more efficient. AIT can also provide new capability, such as 24 hour data capture capability for tracking equipment and consignments, because manual tracking is cost prohibitive. In the logistics domain, AIT is essential to achieve end to end visibility of the supply chain. This in turn will provide trust and confidence in the logistics system for both the warfighter and management at all levels. The intent is to provide this technology down to the retail level. Obviously there are some issues to resolve in introducing such technology at sea. Advances in the technology are narrowing the communications, radiation and frequency impediments to using this technology throughout the supply chain. As an example, the US Department of Defence has recently approved the use of RFID on aircraft components. Benefits to Navy Implementation of the Strategic Logistics Reform program will have tangible benefits at all levels for the Navy and in particular, the Supply community. It will provide: • A more efficient and effective supply chain • Better working environment in keeping with 21st century technology • Up front investment in new facilities • Addresses systemic problems (quality of facilities) and embryonic issues (e.g . future fuel) • Better business processes • Links to NGN outcomes of doing better through smarter practices • Supports Navy’s continuous improvement program • Puts logistics at the forefront of the new Navy capabilities like the LHDs • Reduce laborious manpower intensive manual processing at sea and ashore This is a good news story. As a Navy logistician working within the Strategic Logistics Reform Program this is about recognising the vital importance of logistics in supporting our Navy well into the future. Future articles will cover other aspects of the Reform program. GO NAVY! Further information can be found at the DSLRP web site located in the Joint Logistics Command web site. Your questions can also be forwarded to DSLRP.Reform@defence.gov.au and these will be answered promptly or contact the author, LCDR E.J. Lawler, RANR on (02) 6266 5659. LCDR Lawler joined the Navy in August 1977 as a Supplementary List Supply Officer. He has held the normal range of ‘pussers’ jobs, including Supply Officer HMAS TOBRUK and HMAS CRESWELL. He has also held a representational position as Staff Officer Supply and Training in the Australian Embassy, Washington DC. LCDR Lawler left the Navy in December 1998 and was employed in finance, administration, project and governance positions in both the ACT and Commonwealth Public Service He completed a Masters Degree in Project Management in 2005. From October 2006 February 2009, he was Director Logistics Compliance and Assurance in Joint Logistics Command. He re-entered the Navy on CFTS in February 2009 in his current position in the Defence Strategic Logistics Reform Program Management Office. LINEAR BARCODE 2 DIMENSIONAL BARCODE PASSIVE RFID TAG ACTIVE RFID TAG HANDHELD READER FOR BARCODES OR PASSIVE RFID TAGS DOOR/GATEWAY READER FOR ACTIVE AND PASSIVE RFID TAGS OMNI-DIRECTIONAL READER FOR ACTIVE RFID TAGS