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DAASC, GTN 21 ink renewed partnership agreement

November 10, 2004; 05:56 AM

( - Fort Belvoir, VA - As part of the ongoing partnership between the Defense Logistics Agency and U.S. Transportation Command to find innovative solutions and improve the distribution process, the agencies have renewed a memorandum of agreement between TRANSCOM's Global Transportation Network 21 and DLA's Defense Automatic Addressing System Center.

The MOA provides for the sharing of supply and transportation-related information between TRANSCOM and DAASC that will assist in planning for the movement of supplies and material processed by DLA's Distribution Standard System as those orders enter TRANSCOM's distribution systems for shipment.

DAASC serves as a "translation and routing" system between the military services' logistics systems and DLA. The services' systems send requisitions to DAASC, where edits and validations are done before the requisitions are sent into the Department of Defense logistics "pipeline." At that time, transactions are translated into the proper format for routing and delivery to the correct destination. The requisitions can then be processed and materiel release orders can be sent, by DAASC, to the correct distribution depot, and then shipments are released to the transportation system for air or surface delivery.

DAASC is responsible for the "business rules" within its automated system that determine where requisitions and their associated supply-related transactions need to go in the supply system. DAASC provides the distribution gateway for electronic business transactions for DOD, with the ability to "translate" between various formats.

"A requisition comes into the DAASC where we route the transaction to the appropriate source of supply, for instance, one of DLA's Inventory Control Points," said Deborah Borovitcky, the DAASC director. "The ICP provides the status on that requisition, by the DAASC, to the requisitioning activity. When the order is ready to ship, the shipment transaction flows back through DAASC to tell the customer that the material is on its way. That's all done automatically. What TRANSCOM needs from us is the information that indicates a shipment is going to occur. It also needs the actual shipment transaction that says this stock number, in this quantity, is being shipped by this mode to this destination. Then TRANSCOM will know how to plan for the transportation of the material when they get it."

The recently signed MOA continues this support to GTN 21, which is the upgrade from the original GTN, Borovitcky said.

GTN 21 also serves as the transportation domain for the Global Combat Support System family of systems, and generates accumulated data so that the Secretary of Defense, combatant commanders, U.S. TRANSCOM, DLA and other transportation information customers can plan, view and execute the transportation mission. DAASC is also given information about the movement of material through the transportation pipeline to support the visibility of requisition tracking. This information is used by DAASC to create the DOD Logistics Metrics Analysis Reporting System Customer Wait Time reports.

DLA provides supply support, and technical and logistics services to the U.S. military services and several federal civilian agencies. Headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va., the agency is the one source for nearly every consumable item, whether for combat readiness, emergency preparedness or day-to-day operations. More information about DLA is available at

U.S. TRANSCOM, headquartered at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., was established in 1987 and is one of nine U.S. unified commands. As the single manager of America's global defense transportation system, TRANSCOM is tasked with the coordination of people and transportation assets to allow the Department of Defense to project and sustain forces, whenever, wherever and for as long as they are needed.

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