Nevertheless, our efficiency proposals to the secretary of defense and our AT21
program will improve our organization even more by properly aligning command relationships while eliminating redundancies and optimizing our use of technology.
Their approach to SA-oriented design is founded on three overarching principles that are recommended as best practices for USTRANSCOM leaders to consider as they continue transformation of the AT21 initiative: (1) organize technology around the user's goals, tasks, and abilities; (2) implement technology according to the way users process information and make decisions; and (3) use technology to keep the user in control and aware of the state of the system.
As USTRANSCOM moves forward with DPO transformation through implementation of the AT21 initiative and delivery of IT-enabled capabilities through its corporate services vision, it should take advantage of the aforementioned research, best practices, and industry standards.
Abbreviations AMC Air Mobility Command AT21 Agile Transportation for the 21st Century COP common operating picture D2 deployment and distribution DLA Defense Logistics Agency DOD Department of Defense DPO distribution process owner GCSS-J Global Combat Support System-Joint IED improvised explosive device IT information technology MSC Military Sealift Command OSD Office of the Secretary of Defense RFID radio-frequency identification SA situation awareness SDDC Surface Deployment and Distribution Command USTRANSCOM US Transportation Command
The AT21 solution considers such constraints as weather, routing restrictions, diplomatic clearances, and transportation infrastructure.
One AT21 objective, said the general, is to create a new delivery schedule within 10 minutes of receiving a movement request.
From the operational standpoint, AT21 will look at lift optimization processes and data; and employ an intelligent web-form that will tie it all together.
It is important to note that AT21 is primarily a business process-based solution applying rules formulated according to metric evaluations, enabled by IT capabilities.
How will AT21 work for users not familiar with cargo movement?
said Bruce Busler, JDPAC Director and AT21 visionary.
Operators who benefit from AT21, for example, use (or will use) apps to plan, prepare, execute and assess distribution pipeline activities.
Dan Lockert, USTRANSCOM AT21
Sustainment Branch chief, said, "The Global Route Plan is the key to linking the tremendous efforts to improve distribution with the many diffuse organizations that must execute operations.