Maxwell AF Base accepts first part of Global Combat Support System
- By Gregory Slabodkin
- Oct 19, 1998
MONTGOMERY, Ala.Lockheed Martin Federal Systems of Owego, N.Y., as part of its
$900 million Global Combat Support System Air Force contract, earlier this month delivered
the first software for the services modernized supply system.
The alpha software for the Integrated Logistics System-Supply (ILS-S) was delivered
here to Maxwell Air Force Base, where it will undergo testing by the 42nd Air Base Wing
Supply Squadron to validate system and user capabilities.
Under the 15-year GCSS-AF contract awarded in 1996, Lockheed is providing integration,
systems engineering and software development services to the Air Force to modernize its
legacy Standard Base Supply System.
ILS-S is designed to streamline the Air Forces logistics with information systems
that will give total asset visibility in real-time. Lockheed Martin is using commercial
software called Government Online Data (GOLD), an application developed by Western Pacific
Data Systems of Calabasas, Calif., to track and manage the services materials.
The GCSS-AF software gives Air Force decision-makers concise, accurate and economical
data on such subjects as maintenance, supply and transportation. The software runs on open
systems hardware available from Air Force and Defense Department contracts.
GOLD is also used by Andersen Consulting of Chicago for the Air Forces Integrated
Maintenance Data System (IMDS) to automate weapons systems maintenance. The GCSS-AF and
IMDS programs were combined as part of last years reorganization of the Electronic
There is a great benefit to having both ILS-S and IMDS use GOLD, not only to us
as developers but also to our end users, in that we are able to share data and processes,
making the entire development much more efficient and effective, said Col. William
Colmer, ESCs program director for logistics information systems at Gunter Annex.
Colmer estimated that the GOLD commercial software, with some minor changes, satisfies
70 percent to 80 percent of the Air Forces requirements.
GOLD forms the core functional baseline for the supply system, but there are more
than 25 other commercial, off-the-shelf products that are being integrated by Lockheed
Martin, Colmer said.
The products include a relational database from Oracle Corp. and systems administration
software from Tivoli Systems Inc. of Austin, Texas, he said.
Lockheed Martin will deliver GCSS-AF software to the Air Force in several increments to
modernize selected standard base-level automated information systems within the Common
Operating Environment. ILS-S, the functional modernization of the current supply system,
is the first increment of GCSS-AF.
The alpha software for ILS-S will be delivered to the Air Force in three increments.
The first was delivered Sept. 8, and the second and third will be delivered in three-month
The beta software for ILS-S is slated for release early next year to both Maxwell Air
Force Base and the Air National Guard unit at Danley Field in Montgomery.
Defense officials said they expect ILS-S to be up and running in early 2000. The system
will be operating at more than 200 active duty, Guard and Reserve Air Force sites
worldwide by 2002. The deployment schedule for IMDS dovetails with the ILS-S schedule.
GCSS-AF ultimately will link to the Global Transportation Network, a Web-based
logistics system developed by the U.S. Transportation Command that tracks and moves
troops, equipment and supplies around the world.
GTN integrates command and control, transportation and logistics data so that DOD
commanders can track the identity, status and location of intransit cargo and passengers.
GTN right now is a part of the Global Command and Control System, Colmer
said. Our goal as we mature ILS-S is to provide the next step of asset visibility by
linking directly with GTN to provide an extension of the total asset visibility down to
the base, unit and squadron level.
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems of Gaithersburg, Md., is prime contractor for GTN. The
company won the $130 million development contract for GTN in 1995.