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NOV 2018

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Page 7 of 52 November 2018 | ST 7 SEA TECHNOLOGY® I N C L U D I N G U N D E RS EA TEC H N O L O G Y The Industry's Recognized Authority for Design, Engineering and Application of Equipment and Services in the Global Ocean Community Charles H. Bussmann Founder and Publisher 1924-1999 publisher C. Amos Bussmann managing editor Aileen Torres-Bennett assistant editor/ Amelia Jaycen online news producer production manager Russell S. Conward assistant design/ Joshua Ortega website manager advertising Susan M. Ingle Owen service manager ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVES: HEADQUARTERS C. Amos Bussmann 4600 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 304 Arlington, VA 22203-1553 Tel: (703) 524-3136 • FAX: (703) 841-0852 NORTH AMERICA, EAST COAST Sue Ingle Owen Advertising Service Manager Tel: 703-524-3136 NORTH AMERICA, WEST COAST John Sabo Barbara Sabo Gregory Sabo John Sabo Associates 447 Herondo St. #305 Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 Tel: (310) 374-2301 EUROPE John Gold John F. Gold & Associates "Highview" 18a Aultone Way Sutton, Surrey, SM1 3LE, England Phone/FAX Nat'l: 020-8641-7717 Int'l: +44-20-8641-7717 Sea Technology back issues available on microform. Contact: NA Publishing, Inc. P.O. Box 998, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-0998 1-800-420-6272 COMPASS PUBLICATIONS, INC. 4600 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 304 Arlington, VA 22203-1553 Tel: (703) 524-3136 FAX: (703) 841-0852 publishers of: Sea Technology Commercial Fisheries News Fish Farming News Commercial Marine Directory Fish Farmers Phone Book/Directory Sea Technology Buyers Guide/Directory Sea Tech e-News Celebrating more than 55 years of serving the global ocean community - Since 1963 - editorial Rob Hardisty, Senior Vice President, Premier Solutions Logistics: A Military's Greatest Weapon F rom ancient times to today's modern battlefield, it hasn't always been the size of militias or advanced weaponry that has conquered the enemy; it's an often discounted element that plays the leading role in deciding victory— logistics. A famous example is the Battle of Alesia when Julius Caesar, surrounded and facing defeat, strategically cut off access to his opponent's food and ma- terial supply. Caesar understood that interfering with the enemy's resources would ultimately determine the result of the battle. Today, logistics are just as critical to our military leaders, who face many of the same challenges that warfighters have battled for centuries. It is imperative our military employs clear lines of command to secure the necessary materi- als to maintain the advantage on the battlefield. This process is easier said than done. Modern U.S. Navy fleets have dis- tinctive processes and systems on each ship, meaning that each crew has to learn new skills and protocols, which is costly and inefficient. To make matters worse, the military still primarily relies on decades-old systems that heavily utilize paper documentation, which is harder to keep track of and easy to falsify. More than 430 U.S. Navy ships with 328,267 personnel on board are ac- tive at any time. For decades, each ship had different processes for handling food and material logistics, and when reaching port, most transaction receipt- ing was done through outmoded paper documentation. Not only is this sys- tem inefficient; it also allows for bad actors to take advantage. The U.S. Navy's recent "Fat Leonard" corruption scandal is a case in point. To get a handle on fraud, waste and abuse, the National Defense Autho- rization Act directed the Department of Defense to ensure all financial state- ments were validated as audit-ready by September 2017 and remain accessi- ble for 10 years. Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness (FIAR) supports implementation and provides instructions for achieving this objective. In a broader sense, FIAR compliance ensures that our forces have the resources they need to execute no-fail missions. As part of IT modernization in the Navy, the Financial Audit Compliance Enhancement Tool (FACET) is deployed on all Navy ships to help meet FIAR compliance by tracking and storing receipts, letters of authorization and other critical documents. The integrated hardware/software solution employs work- flow automation and streamlines approval processes by ensuring that critical logistics are met. These can include quantity and quality control of supplies ordered, proper documentation for item shelf lives, and ensuring defective items are not repurchased. Designed to deliver a 99.99 percent uptime required of mission-critical systems, FACET ensures audit readiness. Personnel can complete tasks that used to take hours in minutes—creating invaluable efficiencies while allow- ing the Navy to store and track documents for 10 years. Most importantly, this process impresses accountability at all stages of onboard procurement. The future of FACET is digital, and the Navy is working on entirely paper- less applications that can be used remotely on secure smartphones and tab- lets. This adoption of an Amazon-like approach with online inventory control systems will provide exponential benefits across its fleets. Logistical processes still play the same vital role they played in Julius Cae- sar's historic victory. To ensure the U.S. military remains the strongest in the world, we must continue to streamline logistical operations and close loop- holes that allow for fraud, waste and abuse. Technologies like FACET are help- ing the military modernize decades-old systems and ensure that it has the tools it needs to maintain dominance on land and at sea. ST

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