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    NAVSUP WSS vice commander talks supply chain reform at annual defense conference

    NAVSUP WSS vice commander talks supply chain reform at annual defense conference

    Photo By Sarah Glinski | NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) Vice Commander Lynn Kohl fields questions...... read more read more

    TAMPA, FL, UNITED STATES

    10.23.2019

    Story by Sarah Glinski 

    NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support

    NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) Vice Commander Lynn Kohl spoke to defense industry professionals and members of the acquisition community about the command’s initiatives to reform forecasting at the 22nd Annual National Defense Industry Association (NDIA) Conference in Tampa, Fl., Oct. 23.

    The conference brought together leaders of the systems and mission engineering community to share best practices on improving acquisition and performance of defense programs and systems.

    Kohl’s presentation centered on recent advances in NAVSUP WSS’s forecasting processes, which have increased speed to delivery and reliability of parts through enhanced predictions of customer demand.

    “Our work is an integrated and important part of Navy sustainment,” said Kohl. “Logistics and sustainment are very intertwined, and you can’t improve one without improving the other, so we’ve partnered with our stakeholders and customers to evolve how we do business and ensure a ready, lethal naval force.”

    Improved forecasting, one of the five pillars of Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP)’s plan to reform, leverages advanced analytics and data feeds to provide enhanced customer service.

    As the champion of the forecasting pillar, Kohl walked her audience through three focus areas that contributed to the improvement of naval sustainment and the achievement of the Secretary of Defense’s goal of 341 mission capable F-18 aircraft: shipyard outreach, repair recommendations and demand accuracy.

    “By improving communication with shipyards, we can better anticipate maintenance and modernization needs before they pull into port,” Kohl explained. “We’ve stood up four teams to be a conduit between the wholesale supply system and the shipyards so we can avoid parts delays and provide better customer service to the fleet.”

    Additionally, NAVSUP WSS forecasting experts discovered and resolved a Navy Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software issue that caused it to recommend repair decisions without accounting for transit time and other delays in moving material. Benefits of their efforts, which involved loading more accurate requirements into ERP to account for that lost time, include more timely repairs and increased fill rates that may be seen as early as December 2019.

    Finally, NAVSUP WSS recently implemented a formal instruction aimed at tracking, monitoring and executing changes to forecasting data and decisions made by the command’s supply planners and Integrated Weapon Systems Teams.

    The streamlined policy has empowered and equipped planners across the organization to take nearly 300 actions to improve demand accuracy within the ERP system by overriding demand forecast data due to changes in maintenance procedures, flight hours, etc.

    After Kohl’s presentation, audience members asked questions ranging from the tracking of metrics to Performance to Plan to Just in Time delivery.

    A field activity of the Naval Supply Systems Command, NAVSUP WSS is the U.S. Navy’s supply chain manager providing worldwide support to the aviation, surface ship and submarine communities. NAVSUP WSS provides Navy, Marine Corps, joint and allied forces with products and services that deliver combat capability through logistics. As the Navy’s single Program Support Inventory Control Point (PSICP), NAVSUP WSS specializes in integrated logistics support planning, forecasting, requisition processing, provisioning, allowance development, configuration and repairables management and more.

    There are more than 2,000 civilian and military personnel employed at its two Pennsylvania sites, and one site in Norfolk, Va. The NAVSUP WSS Philadelphia site supports aircraft, its Mechanicsburg site supports ships and submarines and the Norfolk site provides cost analysis and transportation/distribution services.

    For more news and information about NAVSUP WSS, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/navsupwss

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    Date Taken: 10.23.2019
    Date Posted: 10.31.2019 17:13
    Story ID: 350119
    Location: TAMPA, FL, US 

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