Accession Number : ADA194248

Title :   An Electronic Future for Defense Transportation Management.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT INST BETHESDA MD

Personal Author(s) : Heard, Thomas W ; Bridges, W M

PDF Url : ADA194248

Report Date : Jan 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 125

Abstract : Paper has long has been the standard medium for recording and communicating transportation transactions in the Department of Defense. Paper's time has now passed; the future is in electronics. Successful private-sector firms conduct much of their transportation business electronically. They use techniques generally referred to as electronic data interchange (EDI) to improve productivity, reduce staffing, and strengthen financial control. The same payoffs are available to DoD's transportation activities. To obtain those payoffs, however, DoD needs to undertake six major initiatives simultaneously: 1) Establish an EDI Program Office to coordinate entry into an electronic environment; 2) Upgrade the electronic processing capabilities at DoD payment centers; 3) Install EDI capability at 145 of the largest shipping activities; 4) Coordinate the development of automated systems within the Military Services, Defense Logistics Agency, Military Traffic Management Command, and General Services Administration; 5) Configure a telecommunications network linking shippers, consignees, commercial carriers, payment centers, and other transportation activities. Include, as part of the network, commercial telecommunication services. 6) Modify Federal regulations and DoD directives and instructions that inhibit DoD from conducting its transportation business, both domestic and international, electronically.

Descriptors :   *DATA MANAGEMENT, *INFORMATION EXCHANGE, *MILITARY TRANSPORTATION, *ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, AIRCRAFT CARRIERS, AUTOMATION, COMMERCE, COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, ELECTRONICS, FINANCE, MANAGEMENT, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), PROCESSING, PRODUCTIVITY, REGULATIONS, SHIPPING, TELECOMMUNICATION CIRCUITS, TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE