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Modernization of the Naval Logistics Information Infrastructure: Impact on Operational Readiness, Efficiency, and Platform Life Cycle

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This study proposes novel flexible and expandable information infrastructure that integrates a grid of active Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFID) geospatial/area nodes communicating with microsatellites and networks of a/pRFID devices (labels, tags, buttons, etc.) with linkages into modernized legacy systems and rests on the constellation of satellites, joint logistics vessel(s), mobile autonomous systems, flexible engineering systems, and agile and reconfigurable structures for real‐time command and control of the naval logistics, operational readiness, and expeditionary force sustainment and protection. The Navy Logistics Information Infrastructure (NLII) pursues the focused logistics for shared activities “to include conduct physical inventory, deliver property and forces, perform budgeting, and manage receipt and acceptance.” In addition, the proposed “Solution” encompasses information infrastructures for the Navy expeditionary logistics, expeditionary combat readiness, autonomous logistics, maritime security surveillance, continuous asset visibility and movements optimization, and medical support. “Solution” employs the Observe, Orient, Decide and Act (OODA) Loop methodology for simulation and optimization of the battlespace, security, preparedness, readiness and intelligence scenarios. The NLII “Solution” will be deployed in 43 months at the estimated cost of US$636M in constant dollars; return on investment (ROI) coefficient of 7:1. The “Expeditionary Combat Information Infrastructure” pilot can be delivered in 22 months at the estimated cost of US$303M.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2010

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  • The Naval Engineers Journal is the peer-reviewed journal of the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE). ASNE is the leading professional engineering society for engineers, scientists and allied professionals who conceive, design, develop, test, construct, outfit, operate and maintain complex naval and maritime ships, submarines and aircraft and their associated systems and subsystems.
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