Services organize their ammo
- By Gregory Slabodkin
- Apr 28, 1997
AMSS initially will support the services' Inventory Control Points (ICPs) by providing
crucial stockpile information to unified and to specific commands. The Joint Staff also
will use the information to plan major military operations. The AMSS program's ultimate
goal is a seamless system allowing the military command to find out, easily and
accurately, what ammunition it has in store, and where.
AMSS' first release will replace the services' four conventional ammunition management
systems: the Navy's Conventional Ammunition Inventory Management System in Mechanicsburg,
Pa.; the Marine Corps Ammunition Accounting and Reporting System in Arlington, Va.; the
Air Force's Combat Ammunition System at Hill Air Force Base, Utah; and the Army's
Commodity Control Standard System at Rock Island, Ill.
"Right now, those four systems don't talk to each other," said AMSS program
manager, Lt. Col. Mike Miller. "They have service-unique system applications and were
never designed to be integrated with each other. So you don't have ammo asset visibility
across the services. You've got bits and pieces of it at each service and different
development platforms and different states of technology, which for the most part is very
Future AMSS releases will include the ICP sites at the Army Missile Command in
Huntsville, Ala., and Warner-Robbins Air Force Base, Ga. There are 75 commands across the
four services and their six ICPs will include 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 see across the services
total ammo asset visibility, at least at the command ICP level. That way you won't buy or
build ammunition that another service has. If you're the Joint Staff, you can look at this
data and run your ops planning against all the ammunition available across the
AMSS will track DOD's five million tons of conventional ammunition, explosives and
missiles, excluding chemical, biological and nuclear weapons-not an easy task in
peacetime, let alone in combat. The Gulf War of 1991 proved that DOD needed to improve the
way it managed its munitions stockpiles.
"When the war was over, we had an enormous quantity of ammunition sitting in the
desert that cost a lot of money not only to ship over, but to clean up, repackage and ship
back," Miller said. "If they had better visibility across the services of who
had what and where they were sending it, then we would have had just what we needed there
instead of excess."
A General Accounting Office report released last year concluded that the services had
little idea about how to manage their ammunition inventories successfully. The GAO found
excess inventory in about half of the services' 2,781 types of ammunitions and shortages
in more than a quarter.
According to Miller, AMSS will help the services better identify ammunition in excess of
established requirements, reduce cross-sharing of excess ammunition among services and
solve the shortages problem.
JLSC is the source selection authority for the ongoing AMSS procurement, but the Defense
Information Systems Agency's Defense Enterprise Integration Services (DEIS) II provides
the contracting mechanism for the solicitation process.
The contract requirements call for AMSS Release 1.0 to be operational at the services'
ICPs by Dec. 31, 1999, followed by a one-year maintenance and sustainment period.
All six DEIS II prime contractors-BDM International Inc., Boeing Co., Computer Sciences
Corp., Electronic Data Systems Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Unisys Corp.-were asked to
respond to the solicitation and are expected to compete for the contract. The award is set
at $26.3 million, and the program budget is almost $90 million through 2003.
Potential bidders received Instructions to Offers on March 14, and technical proposals
were due April 14. JLSC has requested technical and cost proposals in lieu of white
"We've given them 30 days to give us what is not a full-up proposal that you would
get in a source selection because we've limited it to 200 pages or less. We've given them
the same amount of time but asked for less," Miller said.
Bidders must demonstrate solutions to such AMSS high-risk areas as security requirements,
interfaces, integrated master scheduling and an integrated management plan.
An award is expected at the end of June.