• Modeling and simulation, for real-time planning, assessment, and selection of courses of action; and

  • Distributed collaborative planning, for rapid coordination of resupply actions among the supplier, the transporter, and the user.

  1. The Navy and Marine Corps should formulate and commit to a long-term plan—a path of evolution—to guide technology development, investment, and fleet implementation of a standard integrated, information-based process for maintaining weapon system readiness. The process should encompass the entire life cycle of a weapon system, from acquisition to disposal. The plan should give particular attention to current weapon systems, to infrastructure and common support needs, to integration of industry capabilities into the process, and to developing and exploiting the capabilities of the following technologies:

    • Integrated digital weapon system databases;

    • Computer-based technical training;

    • Integrated maintenance information systems that tie together information relevant to a technician’s task and present it at the point of use in the most usable form;

    • Sensor-based diagnostic and prognostic software; and

    • Automated identification, tracking, and control of parts, supplies, and shipments.

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