Army moves management of ammo to the cloud
- By Gov Cloud Insider Staff
The Army will be using a cloud-based system for its ammunition management that provides centralized, near real-time visibility of ammunition assets across the entire network architecture.
Ricky Daniels, the product lead for the Army’s Logistics Information Systems, which ran the consolidated update effort, said the Standard Army Ammunition System (SAAS) “allows our cyber guys to better monitor what’s going on -- who’s on the network, where they are, and whether they have the correct software updates. It provides them an enhanced capability to deny unauthorized individuals from getting into the system.”
SAAS’s transparency also has been bolstered so that “managers and planners can see what kind of ammunition we have, what we need and where we need it,” Daniels said. That visibility can improve efficiency and streamline purchasing, he added, reports can be generated more quickly, “and we can more easily cross-level assets from one unit to the next.”
The Army Software Development Center at Fort Lee, Va., along with a team of contractors, was responsible for the system modification.
SAAS has undergone several changes since it was first delivered in the 1980s. The current update will act as a bridge to the roll-out of an entirely new management system due to go online in the next five or six years, Daniels said.