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Requisition and Asset Visibility Tool – Birdtrack
Institution: The US Navy’s Pacific Fleet (USPACFLT)
Theme: Electronic and Mobile Government, Journals, Knowledge Management in Government, Internet Governance
Implementation Date: Jan 01, 2004
Summary: PACFLT supports a large forward-deployed naval force.

PACFLT’s challenge is to optimize material positioning and re¬quisition fulfillment while maintaining fleet readiness for its area of responsibility, which includes Japan, Guam and the Republic of Korea.

PACFLT also provides assistance to the Marine air and ground components in Iraq and Afghanistan.

PACFLT’s solution was to develop an inventory positioning analysis and asset visibility tool aimed at speeding the flow of replacement parts to ships and forward-deployed activities throughout the Pacific and Southwest Asia.

Birdtrack is an innovative and revolutionary web application that allows for strategic stock positioning and requisition fulfillment from the most effective sources of supply.

It was originally developed to track average customer wait times for replacement parts, but now includes a number of decision-making tools.

Birdtrack receives, stores, and analyzes end-to-end supply chain transactions towards timely and strategic supply chain management decisions for greater resource optimization.
Impact: Before the development of Birdtrack, PACFLT used a spreadsheet to manually track its customer wait times. However, this process grew so unwieldy that automation was necessary.

The automated Birdtrack system has provided a high-level view of inventory usage that has resulted in more sophisticated decision making.

This, in turn, has enabled PACFLT to recommend replacement parts positioning in relation to where they are needed – faster and at a lower cost – and to meet anticipated customer demands for these parts.

This enables PACFLT to stock materials strategically in terms of global allocations, which is expected to save US$20-$30 million internally annually.

Birdtrack has a wide range of uses for many Department of Defense and humanitarian applications, from reducing customer wait time, repositioning material, and reducing the cost of war, to helping relieve disaster situations.

PACFLT used Birdtrack in the Asia tsunami tragedy to track materials, effectively project workload, and monitor and reduce backlogs, and it is a key component in realizing the US Navy’s vision of Distance Support.
Source: Naval Supply Information Systems Acti¬vity (NAVSISA)
Project Home URL: https://www.pearl.fisc.navy.mil/birdtrack/down.asp
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