US Navy spends $42m on autonomous supply chain management

  • November 11, 2020
  • Steve Rogerson

The US Navy has awarded a $42.6m contract to Texas-based One Network Enterprises to bring autonomous management to its entire operational supply chain.

The end-to-end supply chain management (SCM) system includes support for maritime, aviation, expeditionary and shore support units. The modernisation effort replaces legacy applications and systems, provides a standardised and scalable way to consolidate all functional capabilities across the entire enterprise.

It includes supply, financial and property management capability for all materials.

Traditionally, the DoD services have relied on multiple systems within their supply chain, with one or more systems managing a single commodity item. This will manage and support all commodity types for the US Navy through one global federated system.

These commodities include munitions, parts and repairables, medical supplies, petroleum, oils and lubricants, food and food preparation, hazardous material, retail, and all other items the navy needs to support its mission-critical operations. One Network will bring both its commercial experience and defence capabilities to the navy to modernise around repeatable business processes across all commodity types.

“The confidence that the navy has entrusted to One Network is another proof point regarding the capabilities of our multi-party network platform,” said David Stephens, executive vice president at One Network Enterprises. “The navy will benefit from a modernised global platform that will never go legacy, supporting both ashore and afloat capabilities.”

In addition, One Network’s federated platform-to-platform integration provides the navy with a delayed, disconnected, intermittently connected, low bandwidth environment, typically referred to as D-DIL, which is suitable for deployed operations afloat.

“We look forward to providing a truly global and mobile One Network operating on all navy ships and submarines with access from every shore-based location while working in both unclassified and classified environments,” said Stephens.

The effort also includes all tasks necessary to support a limited deployment system. This requires implementation of functional requirements needed to deploy the technology in a production environment. The requirements include product definition analysis, commercial off-the-shelf configuration and associated development, testing, and integration in support of identified limited deployment sites.

In addition to this award by the US Navy, last month the US Air Force awarded a $62m contract to One Network for its item master logistics capability initiative so the air force can configure and model master data management business processes to support its portfolio of logistics initiatives worldwide.

Since 2008, One Network Enterprises has supported mission critical capabilities for multiple agencies of the US Department of Defense, including the army, air force, marine corps and current work with the navy, in conjunction with their teams and allies all over the world.

One Network provides multi-party business networks for autonomous supply chain management. The $42.6m contract came from the Army Contracting Command on behalf of the US Navy for the Naval Operational Business Logistics Enterprise (Noble) Naval Operational Supply System (NOSS) to begin modernisation of the entire operational supply chain. The award is the result of a competitive other transactional authority acquisition process.

One Network is an intelligent business platform for autonomous supply chain management. Powered by Neo, the firm’s machine learning and intelligent agent technology, this multi-party digital platform is said to deliver rapid results at a fraction of the cost of legacy services. The platform includes modular, adaptable technology for multi-party business that helps companies lower costs, improve service levels and run more efficiently, with less waste.

The company offers PaaS and developer tools that allow organisations to design, build and run multi-party applications. Global organisations have joined One Network, helping transform industries such as retail, food service, consumer goods, automotive, healthcare, public sector, defence and logistics.

Headquartered in Dallas, One Network has offices in Japan, Europe and India.