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Digital Materiel Management for Contested Logistics
Digital Engineering offers the opportunity to marry operational simulation with engineering analysis. Combining this capability with real-world feedback from the Logistics & Operations Airmen will enable the rapid development of Digital Materiel Management capabilities for future conflict scenarios with near peer adversaries. Recognizing that the digital enterprise landscape is complex, a ‘learn by doing’ approach utilizing an Industry/Government/Academia ‘Pathfinder’ effort will be used.
A Technical Interchange Meeting with representatives from the Air Force, Industry and Academia was held in in Dayton on 14 Feb 2022 to define an initial Pathfinder effort. The consensus of the group was that a Digital Materiel Management System that fits into a JADC2 framework will be essential to logistics support in a contested environment. The goal of the Digital Materiel Management for Contested Logistics Pathfinder is to define and pilot digital tools and infrastructure that enable combat support logistics within a JADC2 framework. ACC/A4 personnel have reviewed the Digital Materiel Management System concept and recommended that the Pathfinder focus on maximizing fighter availability within an Agile Combat Employment (ACE) environment with limited or no logistics support other than comms and data. This PDAC is a key enabler for AFMC, AFLCMC RSO and AFRL MANTECH to support the AF's strategic imperatives in the area of contested logistics solutions.