University of Phoenix
MGT 554 GA04MBA09
Oct 09, 2005
Air Force Supply Chain Management
Existing Supply Chain
Supply chain management systems are designed to take care of the logistics end of the product distribution cyclei.e., making sure that the order from the retailer for 500 gizmos arrives at the retailer in time for the weekend sale. Getting the information from the supply chain system back to headquartersand into the production system, marketing database and accounting systems, just to name a fewis crucial to better decision-making and to providing a more accurate picture of the supply chain (Zimmerman, 2003, 1). The U.S. Air Force supply chain for repairable commodities begins with the forecast, purchase, manufacture, and distribution of a part; continues with its delivery to a source of repair; and ends with the distribution of the now serviceable asset to retail accounts and maintenance customers in order to return weapon systems to mission capable status. In this environment, key supply chain information exists in multiple data systems. The different systems often present different results to different users. To obtain a complete picture of the status of end items, Air Force supply chain workers must access multiple data systems. Users must log onto each system individually and then navigate to locate the information desired. Often the resulting information is untimely, inconsistent, or inaccurate. As a result, workers are unable to perform their job effectively, which ultimately affects weapon system availability. To resolve the inaccuracy in the mission critical supply chain, the Department of the Air Force hired Intergraph Solutions Group (ISG) to develop a more reliable and consistent supply chain. ISG devised the Supply Chain Common Operating Picture (SCCOP) that is accessible through the Air Force Portal. SCCOP captures and encapsulates...