Preparation through analysis may be the answer to the growing reams of data accumulated by today's military.
Supply Chain Reigns King
The supply chain has had an indisputable role in readiness throughout history. But our ability to ensure precision in equipping our military goes well beyond that of Roman times.
The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), under the command of Vice Admiral Paul Grosklags, is focused on improving readiness through supply chain efficiency. On any given day, only 20% of squadron commanding officers have the required number of aircraft ready for flight. Because they have what’s known as a “ready basic aircraft gap,” these officers are forced to make daily trade-offs between training missions and operational requirements. It’s a situation that Vice Admiral Grosklags is correcting with analytics.
The Defense Logistics Agency also recognizes the importance of improved analytics in their 2015-2022 strategic plan. In it, they state that to best supply the military, they must better incorporate “modern analytics” into their sourcing practices.
Modern Analytics is Key to Modern Readiness
Innovation, sensors, the supply chain—each are fundamental to military readiness. But the common thread is that they all need analytics to function effectively.Analytics has an important role to play in the modern era of military readiness. While the U.S. Department of Defense has made large investments in business intelligencetechnology over the past two decades, that legacy technology requires a complex infrastructure, a large IT staff, and is best suited for creating static reports. It simply isn’t nimble enough to provide today’s users with the ability to find immediate answers on their own.
The volume of data from numerous sources continues to grow exponentially. And each user—from the analyst at the home station to the warfighter on the tactical edge—needs a different view of the same data to derive actionable insights. Modern analytics is the key to making information actionable. Staying on the forefront of the analytics curve ensures our continued ability to identify and overcome our enemies.