By Kathy Adams, Naval Supply Systems Command
Office of Corporate Communications
Innovative technology and processes were showcased by Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) April 9-11 at Sea Air Space Exposition at National Harbor, Maryland. Featured in the booth this year was information on NAVSUP’s reform initiative. The Navy’s unique operating environment demands continued change, and NAVSUP is reforming to adapt. The reform initiative centers around NAVSUP reasserting itself as the Title 10 leader for supply chain management for the Navy. NAVSUP is the single point of accountability for the integrated Navy supply chain with full audit compliance. As a Navy command, NAVSUP understands the customers’ world as its own, providing close collaboration and customer-focused metrics.
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Visitors to the NAVSUP booth at Sea Air Space Expo 2018 learn about how NAVSUP is reforming to support the warfighter. –photo by Lee Mundy
Integration from supplier to customer to program manager, and collaboration on tradeoffs, will provide the gold standard in contracting excellence. Data analytics and new digital technology implemented throughout programs and processes, including forecasting, will provide enhanced agility and customer service. Lastly, the reform prompts action to develop and train NAVSUP’s people to be the next generation of leaders in sustainment.
NAVSUP also demonstrated innovative MESH technology at the expo. MESH is an emerging technology that provides a powerful tool set to collect, monitor and react to important information regarding asset location and condition. MESH uses a wireless networking protocol where “mesh points” form a communications network among themselves, routing each other’s data through mesh gateways to logistics systems. It is a seamlessly interconnected network that supports asset visibility, movement, and status, without the need to install an expensive fixed infrastructure.
A representative from the NAVSUP Office of Small Business Programs was also in the booth, sharing information on NAVSUP initiatives to offer procurement opportunities to small business. NAVSUP’s small business program, which consistently exceeds service-disabled/veteran-owned small businesses award goals set by the federal government, is committed to maximizing procurement opportunities for small businesses and minority-serving educational institutions.
Sea-Air-Space is the largest annual innovative, educational, professional and maritime exposition based in the U.S., and features the most current information and technology relevant to maritime