Army puts ammo management in the cloud (Army photo)

Army puts ammo management in the cloud

To better secure and keep track of ammunition supplies, the Army is moving its ammunition management to a cloud-based system that provides centralized, near real-time ammunition asset visibility across the entire network architecture.

The Standard Army Ammunition System (SAAS) “allows our cyber guys to better monitor what’s going on -- who’s on the network, where they are, and whether they have the correct software updates,” said Ricky Daniels, the product lead  for the Army’s Logistics Information Systems, which ran the consolidated update effort. “It provides them an enhanced capability to deny unauthorized individuals from getting into the system.”

SAAS’s transparency also has been bolstered so that “managers and planners can see what kind of ammunition we have, what we need and where we need it,” Daniels said.  That visibility  can improve efficiency and streamline purchasing, he added, reports can be generated more quickly,  “and we can more easily cross-level assets from one unit to the next.”

The Army Software Development Center at Fort Lee, Va., along with a team of contractors, was responsible for the system modification.

SAAS has undergone several changes since it was first delivered in the 1980s. The current update will act as a bridge to the roll-out of an entirely new management system due to go online in the next five or six years, Daniels said.

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Reader Comments

Wed, Mar 1, 2017 DrK

I sincerely hope that this cloud is entirely within a DOD facility and only accessible by DOD personnel and not by outside third parties. If not this is a prescription for disaster. If in a third party cloud provider the database is open for hacking. Not only to possibly cause outages, but to supply critical intelligence as to where ammo is located, being shipped. Used and etcetera. Thus placing lives at risk and compromising ongoing missions.

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