The US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) conducts globally integrated mobility operations in order to project and sustain the Joint Force in support of national objectives. To project the Joint Force today, the Department of Defense (DOD) uses a global network of nodes--aerial ports, seaports, distribution hubs and staging bases. Military and commercial transporters move units to and from these nodes and forward to the fight. As USTRANSCOM executes the global command and control necessary to generate an immediate force, it's imperative that we maintain this global network of nodes and ready our mobility capacity to seamlessly transition to a fully mobilized Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise (JDDE) to project a decisive force when required.
Technology is a crucial component of our readiness. When we view technology through the lens of warfighting readiness, we find opportunities that can improve USTRANSCOM mission outcomes.
Every activity within USTRANSCOM is measured by the contribution it makes to warfighting readiness. If the action contributes to that bottom line, then USTRANSCOM can continue to harness the power projection apparatus and ultimately, move and sustain the Joint Force globally.
IT PORTFOLIO OPTIMIZATION
A candid assessment of USTRANSCOM's Information Technology (IT) portfolio acknowledges many legacy systems do not lend themselves to integration into rapidly advancing, data-oriented applications that are already changing the game, for us and our adversaries. At this juncture in our IT portfolio, we must determine which systems can continue to contribute to warfighting readiness and which systems require modernization. It is not enough to simply gain productivity and efficiencies through IT. Achieving advanced computational processing capabilities is at the center of our efforts.
ESTABLISHING A DATA CULTURE: ENTERPRISE DATA MANAGEMENT AND DATA ANALYTICS
We are approaching the nexus of data with Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Advanced Analytics. These capabilities, matured within our organization, will create a competitive advantage for the DOD. US-TRANSCOM and the entire JDDE must manage data before it can be analyzed. The command has an enterprise data management strategy that will accomplish this first step. The follow-on step is to leverage data through analytics that enhance our operational insights and foresights to make better decisions in support of power projection.