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ProModel’s NST Airframe Inventory Management Module Granted Full Accreditation by the Commander, Naval Air Systems Command

NST offers rapid visibility into the consequences on readiness and resourcing in the Navy

ProModel Corporation, a leading predictive analytic BI software and services company today announced that Commander, Naval Air Systems Command, VADM Dunaway has granted Accreditation to ProModel’s Naval Synchronization Toolset (NST) Airframe Inventory Management Module (AIM).

NST is an Internet-based software tool that provides the DoN with predictive analytic capabilities for the sourcing of aircraft to squadrons, squadrons to air wings, and air wings to aircraft carriers. NST offers rapid visibility into the consequences on readiness and resourcing based upon the scheduling decisions related to individual aircraft, squadrons, carrier air wings, and carriers. The predictive planning capabilities of NST is being used to resource F/A-18 aircraft to squadrons and air wings to support carrier strike groups (CSGs), with the intent of extending the lives of older, currently deployed aircraft and plan transitions to future aircraft.

Read more about ProModel's NST Navy Accreditation

Finding Impartiality in S/W Applications

Featured Blog Post

Rob Wedertz - Director, Navy Programs

As long as I can remember I’ve been a fan of and often used the expression, “I don’t want to build the microwave, I just want to press cook”.  (I’ve never been able to remember when or from whom I first heard it – my apologies for the lack of attribution).  While I’ve sometimes been fascinated by the inner workings and origin of things, in the end I’ve come to adopt the modern world and the pace at which it moves.  I simply don’t have the time of day to dig into the underbellies of things and investigate the underpinnings of how they work nor their interdependencies.  My aversion to such activities was upended when I joined ProModel and led (as a PM) our development team’s efforts to support Verification, Validation, and Accreditation at the behest of our sponsor’s modeling & simulation accreditation agent.  While I do not intend to “build the microwave” here, I would like to describe how I learned that the act of “pressing cook” must be accompanied by complete and total impartiality of the software application.

Software, in a variety of formats, is often used to tell a story.  When it comes to entertainment-based software, and for the sake of the longevity of it, the story should be a very good one.  Thus the reason many folks spend countless hours trying to “level up” (it’s all about the journey, not the destination).  During my college days, I was exposed to Pascal and learned that the methodology (computer language) for telling a story was via if, then, else, while, etc. statements.  Truth be told, I didn’t particularly enjoy trying to figure out how to make the computer say “hello” via that methodology.  Again, I am more of a “show me the story” kind of person, than a “how did you make the story” kind of person.  In that regard I’m quite fond of the software that exists today.  My iPad is a bevy of mindless apps that keep my 5 year old entertained while putting miles on the family wagon.  However, when it comes to decision-support software, the stuff under the hood REALLY does matter and is often as equally important as the story itself.  Through the VV&A journey we’ve traveled to date, I’ve become more and more focused on inner-workings of “the microwave”, both out of necessity and surprisingly out of curiosity.

Read more of Rob’s post at the ProModel Blog site

ProModel Featured in "Military Logistics Forum" Magazine

Q: Genera Via, how do you see the role as the Army’s Lead Materiel Integrator (LMI) evolving over the next few years?

A: “…LMI allows Army Materiel Command (AMC) and other logistics and materiel stakeholders to use an automated Decision Support Tool (DST) that interfaces with the ARFORGEN Synchronization Tool (AST) and Logistics Information Warehouse (LIW) to better optimize supply against demand…”

Click here to read the full interview with General Via on page 21 of Military Logistics Forum.

AST 7.0 Software Release

AST 7.0 Software release scheduled for delivery to US Army Forces Command on 18 July 2014 includes the following major capability:

  • Notification Alerts – AST 7.0 provides capability for Requirement Integrators, Combatant Command Planners, Organization Integrators (AC, ARNG, and USAR), and FORSCOM Leadership to subscribe to real time alerts when specific actions occur within the AST.  Alerts can be filtered based on the following characteristics:

    • Requirement Group (Aviation, Transportation, Chemical, Engineer, …)
    • MCL Assignments (ARNG, USAR, HQDA)

Alerts are delivered to user in real time via pop up messages and email delivery. In addition AST provides an Alert Notification Center to view all alerts.

  • Force Requirements Analytics - Reporting mechanism to all US Army Forces Command to analyze requirements over time utilizing Bar, Line, and Radar Charts, support tabular data and drill through capability to view detail level data.

Drill through Data

  • Adhoc Query Capability – Introduced an Ad-hoc Query Capability for power users to build flexible queries to answer the question of the day.

  • AST NIPRNET – Developed AST Unclassified (FOUO) software application for deployment to the NIPRNET at US Army Forces Command. Initial capability will include visibility into Units progression through the ARFOGEN Pool/Periods and scheduled ARTIMS and WIAS Events.  Additional capability will be included in AST 7.1 scheduled for delivery in January 2015.


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