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43 APPENDIX E OPERATIONS AND EXISTING AUTOMATION SYSTEMS The DLA's mission consists of four major business areas: materiel management, contract administration, logistics data management, and reutilization and marketing. For materiel management, the DLA operates six supply centers and six warehouses or storage depots. The six supply centers are responsible for managing related items and controlling inventory. There is a supply center for electronics (Dayton, OH), industrial supplies (Philadelphia, PA), construction materiel (Columbus, OH), general supplies (Richmond, VA), personnel (Philadelphia, PA), and fuel (Alexandria, VA). The six depots are geographically dispersed and are used to receive, store, and ship material that is needed in their region. Depots are located at Mechanicsburg, PA, Memphis, TN, Columbus, OH, Richmond, VA, Ogden, UT, and Tracy, CA. The DLA administers its own contracts and a large portion of contracts for the services. Less than 30 percent of the contracts it administers are its own. The contract administration activities are carried out through nine regional operations. The logistics data management functions include maintaining the federal catalog of over 4 million items, maintaining records on DOD-owned industrial plant equipment, and maintaining a central repository of R&D reports. Defense reutilization and marketing handles property reutilization and disposal including hazardous materiels. Each of these business areas employ and depend on automated information systems for the fulfillment of their mission. The following identifies the major systems that are presently used for each of the four business areas. These systems were developed and implemented during the 1960s and 1970s with no overall functional framework or architecture. They are predominately batch systems built on the technology available at that time. They are mainly stand-alone systems. MATERIEL MANAGEMENT Standard Automated Material Management System (SAMMS) Supports the inventory management functions at a supply center. SAMMS provides on-line inquiry and update, including some real-time interface with other on-line systems, but primarily uses batch processing modes. SAMMS functions include distribution, requirements, supply control, financial management, accounting and billing, procurement and production, and technical cataloging.
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44 Defense Integrated Subsistence Management System (DISMS) Supports worldwide perishable/semiperishable subsistence items for troop issue and stocked nonperishable commissary resale. The system includes distribution, requirements, procurement subsystems, financial inventory, funds control, and billing functions. ~ Defense Fuel Automated Management System (DFAMS) Supports the worldwide purchase, sales, distribution, and management of bulk petroleum for the federal government. Mechanization of Warehousing and Shipping Processing (MOWASP) Supports the storage depot functions. It automates receipts, storage and issue, physical inventory, and transportation. DLA Standard Warehousing and Shipping Automated System (DWASP) Supports depot~operations using newer technologies such as barcoding. This includes receipts, storage, issues, physical inventory, shipment, and transportation. . Automated Warehousing System (AWAKES) Supports the warehousing operations at the defense depot in Richmond, Virginia. Integrated Materiel Complex (IMC) Supports the warehousing operations of the defense depot in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, that uses computer-controlled materiel handling equipment. CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION Mechanization of Contract Administration Services (MOCAS) Supports the regional contract administration operations. It is used to administer supply contracts for the services and other government organizations. The system provides and maintains contractual data and assists various buying, funding and receiving activities. DLA Standard Automated Transportation System (DSATS) Automates the preparation, maintenance, and dissemination of government shipping documentation.