Call for Research - USTRANSCOM “Clean Slate” Study
The United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) mission is to develop and direct the Joint
Deployment and Distribution Enterprise to globally project strategic national security capabilities; accurately
sense the operating environment; provide end-to-end distribution process visibility; and responsive support of
joint, U.S. government and Secretary of Defense approved multinational and non-governmental logistics
Additionally, as the Distribution Process Owner (DPO), USTRANSCOM is the single entity to direct and supervise
execution of the strategic distribution system. The command also manages the supply chain related Information
Technology (IT) systems, and has the authority to establish a contracting activity for procurement of commercial
In order to accomplish these missions, USTRANSCOM and its Transportation Component Commands (TCCs)
have developed and fielded 47 transportation and distribution related IT systems. These are in addition to the
hundreds of distribution, supply and transportation related service and agency funded IT systems.
USTRANSCOM and its TCCs have developed and implemented 47 IT systems and related infrastructure to meet
its mission. These systems cost the command ~$500M annually and account for ~4% of the Command’s budget.
The future fiscal environment will force the Command to adjust its IT portfolio, maintaining and/or developing
common IT capabilities that can support multiple elements of the command’s mission. Unnecessary or
redundant IT systems and/or capabilities will no longer be affordable.
Several command wide initiatives are underway to determine which current IT systems are required to carry out
the USTRANSCOM mission; however, the Commander seeks to determine the optimized set of common IT
capabilities that will be required in the future.
The goal of this research is to envision a set of common IT capabilities required to execute the mission without
considering the limitations and/or operations provided by existing IT systems. The key question at hand is to
determine a mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive set of common IT capabilities needed to execute HQ
USTRANSCOM and Components’ missions
Requested deliverables should be at the level of graduate level thesis papers. Although the scope of the
problem is quite large, the following approaches may aid in decomposing the problem into manageable parts
and/or provide guidance to analysis techniques by which common IT capabilities to execute the mission could be
Proposed Research Approaches:
Business Process Re-engineering (BPR) approach - determine the business processes the Command
requires to execute the mission; from those processes envision the IT capabilities needed to automate
Adaptive Case Management (ACM) approach – determine if the USTRANSCOM mission can be broken
into common case/capability areas; from those common capabilities determine required inputs and
outputs agnostic of process and then align IT offerings to meet stated case/capability needs.
Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach – determine the services and information requirements
needed to execute the mission; envision the Enterprise-level services and business objects that enable
the mission, and then determine the infrastructure required to orchestrate/integrate services and
Organizational architecture approach - determine the optimal organization and communication
structure (command hierarchy, supported/supporting/adjacent) between USTRANSCOM and the TCCs
(could include other Combatant Commands, Military Services, Defense Logistics Agency) to execute the
mission; what IT capabilities are needed for this optimal organization to execute the mission; explore
the impacts of organization structure changes to the complexity of IT capabilities required to execute
Other high level approaches to be proposed by research institutions and approved by the government,
rooted in DOD doctrine, directives and instruction.
Current mission and business processes remain unchanged.
Unified Campaign Plan (UCP), Joint Mission Essential Task List (JMETL) and Department of Defense Chief
Information Officer (DOD CIO) policy all remain unchanged.
Point of Contact is Major Matthew Dreier (618) 220-4259 firstname.lastname@example.org