The Ammunition Management Standard System is being developed by the Joint Logistics Systems Center

Published: 08th May 2020
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Can't locate that shipment of Sidewinder missiles? You are not alone. But help is in route. The Joint Logistics Systems Center is pursuing a single, integrated, service broad management system that can yield timely and precise ammo inventory advice. The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps all use automated information systems that are distinct to manage their respective ammunition inventories. With its IT turf being zealously guarded by each service, combined military operations are extremely challenging to organize. However, the Ammunition Management Standard System (AMSS) will standardize DOD ammunition management systems in the wholesale, retail and deployed unit levels. The Joint Staff also will utilize the information to plan important military operations. The ultimate goal of the AMSS program is a seamless system permitting the military command to find out, precisely and simply, what ammo it's in store. "They have service-unique system programs and were never made to be incorporated with each other. So you don't have ammo asset visibility across the services. You've got bits and pieces of it at every service and various development platforms and various states of technology, which for the most part is very old technology."Put it all together Future AMSS releases will range from the ICP websites at the Army Missile Command in Huntsville, Ala., and Warner-Robbins Air Force Base, Ga. There are 75 orders throughout the four services and their six ICPs will comprise 1,161 workstations."What we're going to do is replace those first four systems with one integrated, modern architecture," said Miller. "We'll be able to determine throughout the services entire ammo asset visibility, at least in the order ICP level. That way you won't purchase or construct ammo that another service has. The Gulf War of 1991 demonstrated that DOD needed to enhance the way it handled its munitions stockpiles."When the war was over, we had an enormous volume of ammo sitting in the desert that cost a lot of cash not only to ship over, but to clean up, repackage and ship back," Miller said. "If they had better visibility throughout the services of who had what and where they were sending it, then we'd have had just what we needed there instead of surplus."

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