As unit movement documentation is created, a sequential counter for each shipment is added to the TTAN to create a complete TTN. This TTN is collected in a service-owned deployment repository, as well as processed through all the other DTS systems and eventually collected in the TRANSCOM global ITV database.
Within the Joint Staff's Operations Directorate (J3), its Command Systems Operations Division has taken the lead in having the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) engineer the TTN initiative and support services, thus setting the stage for the FY08 prototyping in preparation for future implementation.
Since the TTN is designed for machine-to-machine data exchange, there is no human user involved in its creation, exchange or processing; it remains guaranteed unique and traceable and unalterable.
The unalterable and unintelligent TTN removes any motivation for customer changes which traditionally destroy embedded intelligence in current TCN, such as changing sustainment TCNs into unit move TCNs to avoid HAZMAT restrictions or to avoid billing by moving on contingency missions.
Finally, the TTN removes the dependency on process enforcement for any success in achieving improved unit move data quality.
In the simplest terms, the TTN resolves many long-standing issues with deployment data quality, while at the same time fulfilling critical command and control objectives.
Significantly, the TTN allows unit equipment to be moved on any plane or ship without the loss of ITV, and more importantly, its OPLAN relationship.
The unalterable and unintelligent TTN removes any motivation for customer changes that traditionally destroy embedded intelligence in current TCN, such as changing sustainment TCNs into unit move TCNs to avoid HAZMAT restrictions or to avoid billing by moving on contingency missions.
In addition to the MITRE team mentioned above, the following agencies have made significant positive contributions to the advancement of the TTN initiative: Joint Staff J3-CSOD, DISA PEO-C2C, CENTCOM AJ3, TRANSCOM J5/4, and JFCOM J9 JDPO.
David Vail is a senior civilian in the Operations Integration Division, Operations & Plans Directorate, United States Transportation Command, Scott AFB, IL, overseeing the design and development of the Transportation Tracking Number (TTN) initiative.