Portfolio Planning

    Government Agency Uses Predictive Portfolio Simulation to Reduce Project Approval Cycle Time and Improve Resource Capacity Planning

    Situation

    A government agency whose responsibility involves overseeing and approving very long cycle time (years) and high risk construction projects was struggling with the complexity of managing multiple projects of this magnitude at the same time.  They were facing resource constraints as well as pressure to shorten the approval time

    Objectives

    • Shorten the contract approval cycle time

    • Develop a simplified, yet accurate way, of analyzing long term resource requirements

    Results

    ProModel worked with the agency to develop a re-usable predictive project portfolio planning capability to help them achieve their objectives both now and in the future.  To date they have been able to achieve the following:

    • Understand more accurately their actual approval process and where the bottlenecks are

    • Test ‘What-If” scenarios around potential different courses of action without interrupting their live process

    • Improve the process for forecasting their resource requirements over the next 5-10 years

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    Process Improvement

     

    Lean Six Sigma Analysis for Army Depot Paint Shop Capacity and Labor Resources

    United States Army

    Situation

    One of the critical functions for which the Army repair depot is responsible is the Paint Shop reset of mechanical items through staging, steam clean, prep, blast and paint. Approximately 11 different items run through the depot's Paint Shop, taking varying times to reset and repaint.

    The depot was anticipating increased demand due to the continued high level of troop deployment throughout the world, and needed to know the maximum capacity of items it was capable of repairing for a given month. Anticipating a demand of resetting a minimum of 200 units per month, the depot engaged ProModel to help develop a simulation solution which would give them the capability to analyze their paint shop reset operations.

    Objective

    • Identify the actual maximum capacity of items the Paint Shop can reset given the current state of equipment and resources.

    • If the current throughput did not meet the demand of 200 units per month, identify the primary and secondary constraints.

    Results

    Lean Six Sigma principles were used to develop current and future state predictive analytic simulation models. The current state model indicated a maximum monthly output of 93 mechanical items reset with resources scheduled for 2 shifts, four days a week, validating data reflective of the actual process.

    A new model was created to simulate the future state scenario to determine the system's maximum capacity with the current staffing while running two blast booths. The maximum capacity with two blast booths and current staffing is 107 items per month.

    Then the future state model was used to determine that once the blast booth process was no longer the constraint, labor was the new constraint of operating a system with two blast booths.

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    Custom Solutions / Custom Development

     

    AST - Army Force Generation Synchronization Tool

    Background

    The Global Force Management Data Initiative (GFM DI) mandates the implementation of a capability that provides a dynamic view of the DoD inventory based on Service Force Structure. This enables timely and accurate senior leader decision-making to best assist the Chairman in fulfilling his statutory responsibilities in support of Secretary of Defense Allocation Decisions.

    The Joint Force Capabilities Catalog (JFCC), resident on the Global Laydown Server (GLS), is a decision support tool that provides Capabilities, Readiness, Availability, and Employment (CRAE) data from Service and DoD authoritative data sources (ADS) to provide meaningful and understandable information to the user.

    The JFCC Decision Support Tool enables a common view of the Service's force pool in the APEX Enterprise supported by GFM Allocation. Users have the capability to view global force pool baselines, conduct course-of-action experimentation via operational plan impact assessments, capture and measure comprehensive readiness impacts based upon distribution and redistribution of forces and materiel, and conduct predictive analysis assessments of changes in force structure.

    ProModel Corporation was chosen to design, develop, and deliver the JFCC and GLS based upon our extensive experience in providing decision support capabilities to the Army (Army Force Generation Synchronization Tool) and the Navy (Naval Synchronization Tool).

    Objectives

    Major objectives supported by the JFCC/GLS are:

    1. View global force pool baseline - The JFCC/GLS allow users to view the entirety of the service's authorized forces (units, unit hierarchy, attributes, capabilities, readiness, and availability) via an intuitive graphical user interface.
    2. Capture dynamic command structures - The JFCC/GLS provides the capability for users to organize the dynamic force structures of units assigned to task forces; depict actual battle formations; graphically represent command relationships (Operational Control and Tactical Control)
    3. Capture Global Demand - The JFCC/GLS allows users to provide the Combatant Commander(s) (CCDRs) with the most appropriate and responsive forces based on stated requirements, balanced against risks [operational, future challenges, force management, institutional] and global priorities.
    4. Document Force Commitments - The JFCC/GLS will allow users to identify all force obligations and clearly determine the command relationships as well as coordinate with the Combatant Commander(s) (CCDRs) to initially fulfill mission requirements with Assigned Forces and with forces previously provided through Annual (rotational) Allocation.
    5. Track Deployment/Redeployment timelines - The JFCC/GLS provides the user with the capability to capture the movement of forces and its equipment through its rotation into geographic Areas of Responsibility (AOR) that allows the coordination of transportation execution, feasibility analysis, and preposition of materiel.
    6. Map deploy/redeploy forces with Geospatial Data - The JFCC/GLS provides the Joint Planning and Execution Community (JPEC) a Force Laydown visualization capability that enables unity of effort and DOD support for visualization of the Force Laydown to establish Lines of Communication and Joint Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration (JRSOI).

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    AST - Army Force Generation Synchronization Tool

    Background

    Meeting the Army's need for its Force Generation processes to sustain global responsiveness and regional engagement while protecting the precious time Soldiers have at home with their families, is a complex challenge. ProModel Corporation was selected to partner with U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) to develop a toolset that simulates the Total Army moving through the Army Force Generation process and provides the necessary predictive capabilities. The resulting technology developed by this partnership is the Army Force Generation Synchronization Toolset (AST). AST is available on both the SIPR and NIPR Networks to users across the Army worldwide and is the baseline platform supporting the Army's Sustainable Readiness Process.

    Objectives

    Major objectives supported by AST are as follows:

    1. Gather all Army conventional force requirements worldwide in one location and review validated requirements over time.
    2. Validate and inspect Army Inventory through a Capability Catalog.
    3. Source force requirements with the available Army inventory to fulfill missions based on Global Force Management sourcing guidance.
    4. Model units flowing through the Force Generation process with event scheduling capabilities to support synchronizing key events required to optimize unit readiness to meet operational demands placed against the Army.
    5. Provide scheduling capability to capture Brigade Combat Teams, required enablers, troop list exceptions, special operations, and non-army participants training at the Combat Training Centers.
    6. Develop Known Demand Readiness Objectives (KDROs) in order to analyze the projected readiness level by unit type against contingency demand requirements and to inform budget decisions within the POM Process.

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    DST - Decision Support Tool

    AMC (Army Materiel Command) Restoring its Atrophied Repair Parts Inventory

    Using a new system called the Decision Support Tool that Army Sustainment Command runs out of Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., "for the first time in my career, we can really see ourselves, and so we know where every single piece of equipment in the Army is, whether you are in the active component, the Reserve component or the National Guard. It’s never been that way; it’s very powerful."

    Army Materiel Command - General Gus Perna

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    Background

    The Army has an enormous challenge with getting the right equipment (materiel supply) to the right place at the right time (demand). To locate, prepare the equipment and get it to the units to meet requirements, the Secretary of the Army gave Army Materiel Command (AMC) the mission of being the Lead Materiel Integrator (LMI) - the manager of Army materiel distribution/redistribution process.

    To accomplish the LMI mission, AMC required total asset visibility, visibility of all materiel transactions and the ability to plan into the future. LOGSA created the LMI DST (Lead Materiel Integrator Decision Support Tool) to provide the Materiel Enterprise with this functionality.

    LMI DST is the unclassified, web-based, collaborative tool the LMI uses to lead the Army Materiel stakeholders through the planning and execution of Army materiel distribution/redistribution. By consuming both legacy and enterprise data, LMI DST provides materiel managers with unprecedented Asset Visibility. LMI DST matches validated, prioritized equipment demands with available Army inventory in depots, units, and other sources. It provides an advanced planning capability to resolve complex scenarios that include force structure changes, modernization of equipment and authorizations and quickly identifying excess in the future. The tool helps equipment managers consider the impact of delivery times and transportation costs and the long-term effects of any decisions.

    Objectives

    • Provide an enterprise view of total Army materiel supply and demand over time.
    • Match validated, prioritized equipment demands with available Army inventory in depots, non- deployed units, and other sources to create proposed sourcing decisions to fill any shortages.
    • Improve overall Army readiness by more effectively Distributing/Redistributing materiel.

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    NST - Naval Synchronization Tool

    Background

    The Naval Synchronization Toolset (NST) is an Internet-based software tool that provides the Department of the Navy (DoN) with predictive analytic capabilities for the sourcing of aircraft to squadrons, squadrons to air wings, and air wings to aircraft carriers. NST provides rapid visibility into the consequences of the scheduling decisions related to individual aircraft, squadrons, carrier air wings, and carriers. The predictive planning capabilities of NST are 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.

    Objectives

    • Facilitate the efficient, synchronized development of authoritative operational, maintenance, and training schedules for the DoN's operational units and their assets

    • Facilitate the development of alternative courses of action (COAs) to explore the impacts of potential changes to operational commitments, training patterns, and fiscal constraints

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    DoD Contracts

     

    Prime Contracts:

    • U.S. Army - FORSCOM (Title: ARFORGEN Synchronization Tool (AST) Support Services for the U.S. Army Forces Command)
    • General Services Administration (GSA) Professional Services Schedule (PSS) Contract Number GS00F421GA (System Design, Engineering and Integration, Strategic Planning for Technology Programs/Activities, Integrated Logistics Support, Concept Development and Requirements Analysis, Acquisition and Life Cycle Management)

    Subcontract Vehicles:

    • AMCOM EXPRESS - (subcontractor in technical [SAIC])
    • Information Technology Enterprise Solutions - 2 Services (ITES-2S) - (subcontractor to SAIC)
    • LOGSA Information Technology Enterprise Solutions (LITES- ITES-2S) - (subcontractor to IBM)
    • System Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETAC) Contract 2010 - (subcontractor to Radiance Technologies)
    • Concepts and Operations for Space and Missile Defense Integration Capabilities (COSMIC) - (subcontractor to Quantum Research International, Inc.)

    Purchasing Options:

    • Computer Hardware Enterprise Software Solutions (CHESS) (software)
    • NASA SEWP (Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement) GWAC (Government-Wide Acquisition Contract)
    • General Services Administration (GSA) IT-70 Contract Number GS35F0174T (software, maintenance/support, training, IT consulting)

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