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Acquisition Logistics is everything involved in acquiring logistics support equipment and personnel for a new weapons system. The formal definition is "the process of systematically identifying, defining, designing, developing, producing, acquiring, delivering, installing, and upgrading logistics support capability requirements through the acquisition process for Air Force systems, subsystems, and equipment. 









 Reference: Air Force Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Acquisition and Logistics





	
	
Related Terms: Acquisition Logistics - acquisition | integrated logistics support | logistics | military |

Aggregate Measure of Support - The calculation of the cost to taxpayers and consumers of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) farm support and export subsidies. Reference: Professor Derek Urwin, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, U.K., http://www.abdn.ac.uk/~pol028/index.htm

Related Terms: Aggregate Measure of Support - international | trade |

Air Ride Suspension - Suspension which supports the load on air-filled rubber bags rather than steel springs. Compressed air is supplied by the same engine-driven air compressor and reservoir tanks which provide air to the air brake system. Reference: Truck Writers of North America (TWNA)

Related Terms: Air Ride Suspension - trailer | truck | trucking |

ASSET - Automated Support for Software Engineering Technology, an ESPRIT project. Acronym: ASSET Reference: Professor Derek Urwin, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, U.K., http://www.abdn.ac.uk/~pol028/index.htm

Related Terms: ASSET - international | trade |

Computer Resources Support - The facilities, hardware, system software, software development and support tools, documentation, and people needed to operate and support an embedded computer system. Reference: Air Force Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Acquisition and Logistics

Related Terms: Computer Resources Support - acquisition | integrated logistics support | logistics | military |

Computer-Aided Acquisition and Logistic Support - CALS is a global strategy to further enterprise integration through the streamlining of business processes and the application of standards and technologies for the development, management, exchange, and use of business and technical information. Now called Continuous Acquisition and Life-cycle Support. Acronym: CALS Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency

Related Terms: Computer-Aided Acquisition and Logistic Support - acquisition | business | continuous acquisition and life-cycle support | life cycle | logistics | process | standard | support |

Concurrent Engineering - A systematic approach to creating a product design that considers all elements of the product life cycle from conception of the design to disposal of the product, and in so doing defines the product, its manufacturing processes, and all other required life cycle processes such as logistic support. Acronym: CE Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency Included with permission from Joan Smith Adapted from "An Introduction to CALS: The Strategy and the Standards", 1990

Related Terms: Concurrent Engineering - acquisition | design | engineering | life cycle | manufacturing | product | process |

Configuration Management (1) - CM controls and manages product description with its supporting technical and scientific information. Acronym: CM Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency Fairfax CALS Shared Resource Center, 1994

Related Terms: Configuration Management (1) - component | engineering | logistics | product | technology |

Conformance Testing - The testing of a candidate product for the existence of characteristics required by a standard. Its primary activity is to ensure specified behavior of implementations. Additional benefits include: clarifying the standard for guiding future implementation, producing a feedback loop to the standards making bodies for improvements to the standard, encouraging Acronym: CT Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency

Related Terms: Conformance Testing - acquisition | contracting | product | quality | reliability | specification |

Continuous Acquisition and Life-Cycle Support - CALS is a global strategy to further enterprise integration through the streamlining of business processes and the application of standards and technologies for the development, management, exchange, and use of business and technical information. Formerly Computer-Aided Acquisition and Logistic Support. Acronym: CALS Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency

Related Terms: Continuous Acquisition and Life-Cycle Support - acquisition | computer-aided acquisition and logistic support | business | life cycle | logistics | process | standard | support |

Contractor Integrated Technical Information Service - A technical information service based on the integration of databases (contractor , subcontractor, and government ) contractually established and managed by the defense contractor to receive, maintain, and provide access to technical and support information on a defense system. [MIL-STD-974]ith permission from Joan Smith. Adapted from "An Introduction to CALS: Acronym: CITIS Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency

Related Terms: Contractor Integrated Technical Information Service - acquisition | contracting | data | data base | defense | information management | integration | military |

Converter Dolly - Auxiliary axle assembly equipped with a fifth wheel (coupling device), towed by a semitrailer and supporting the front of, and towing, another semitrailer. Reference: Truck Writers of North America (TWNA)

Related Terms: Converter Dolly - dolly | trucking |

Cradle-to-Grave - Logistics planning, design, and support which takes in to account logistics support throughout the entire system life cycle.

Related Terms: Cradle-to-Grave - life cycle | logistics | lust-to-dust |

Design Interface - This ILS element relates all design engineering disciplines to the system support characteristics. Reference: Air Force Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Acquisition and Logistics

Related Terms: Design Interface - acquisition | integrated logistics support | logistics | military |

Digital Technical Data - Includes the part descriptions, product specifications, and standards that the initial designer draws upon; the engineering drawings and product data used in design and manufacturing; the information needed to guide the people who operate the system in the field, or who support and maintain it at all echelons of the Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency Department of Defense, United States Government "Military Handbook 59-B", 1993

Related Terms: Digital Technical Data - acquisition | continuous acquisition and life-cycle support | data | design | specification | standard | technical data |

Dolly - Auxiliary axle assembly equipped with a fifth wheel (coupling device), towed by a semitrailer and supporting the front of, and towing, another semitrailer. Reference: Truck Writers of North America (TWNA)

Related Terms: Dolly - converter dolly | trucking |

Electronic Commerce (1) - The end-to-end digital exchange of all information needed to conduct business. Examples include EDI transactions, electronic mail, archives, audit trails, and all forms of records, including graphical images. Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) and Continuous Acquisition and Life-cycle Support (CALS). Acronym: EC Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency

Related Terms: Electronic Commerce (1) - business | commerce | communications | electronic data interchange | exchange | information management | interchange | interface | management | protocol | telecommunications | trade |

EPOCH - European Programme on Climatology and Natural Hazards, begun in 1990, to build a scientific and technical support for environment policy. Acronym: EPOCH Reference: Professor Derek Urwin, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, U.K., http://www.abdn.ac.uk/~pol028/index.htm

Related Terms: EPOCH - international | trade |

EURO-AIM - European Organization for an Audiovisual Independent Market, part of the MEDIA programme, offering support and advice for independent producers. Acronym: EURO-AIM Reference: Professor Derek Urwin, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, U.K., http://www.abdn.ac.uk/~pol028/index.htm

Related Terms: EURO-AIM - international | trade |

European Investment Bank - Established in 1957 to finance capital investment that will benefit and aid EC development. Although the Member States provide a subscription capital, it raises most of its funds on the international capital markets. Its major objectives are to assist less developed regions, to modernize the EC economy, and to support Acronym: EIB Reference: Professor Derek Urwin, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, U.K., http://www.abdn.ac.uk/~pol028/index.htm

Related Terms: European Investment Bank - international | trade |

Facilities - Any real property entity consisting of a structure, building, utility system, or pavement and underlying ground, necessary to support a system. Reference: Air Force Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Acquisition and Logistics

Related Terms: Facilities - acquisition | integrated logistics support | logistics | military |

Fifth Wheel - Coupling device attached to a tractor or dolly which supports the front of a semitrailer and locks it to the tractor or dolly. The fifth wheel's center is designed to accept a trailer's kingpin, around which the trailer and tractor or dolly pivot in turns.  Fifth Wheel Reference: Truck Writers of North America (TWNA)

Related Terms: Fifth Wheel - sliding fifth wheel | trucking |

Fully Mission Capable - A system in which all supporting subsystems are fully functional. Acronym: FMC

Related Terms: Fully Mission Capable - mission | not mission capable | partially mission capable |

INFORM - Information Management and Decision Support in High Dependency Environments, an AIM project. Acronym: INFORM Reference: Professor Derek Urwin, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, U.K., http://www.abdn.ac.uk/~pol028/index.htm

Related Terms: INFORM - international | trade |

Information Engineering - A methodology for developing an integrated information system based on the sharing of common data, with emphasis on decision-support needs as well as transaction processing requirements. It assumes logical data representations are relatively stable, as opposed to the frequently changing processes that use the data. Therefore, the logical data model, Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency Included with permission from: Gartner Group "Information Technology Glossary" Executive Reference, 1993

Related Terms: Information Engineering - data | information infrastructure | information management | management | system |

Integrated Logistics Support (1) - ILS is a management function that provides planning, funding, and functioning controls which help to assure that the system meets performance requirements, is developed at a reasonable price, and can be supported throughout its life cycle. The major goal of ILS is to ensure that all elements of support are Acronym: ILS Reference: Air Force Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Acquisition and Logistics

Related Terms: Integrated Logistics Support (1) - acquisition | integrated logistics support | logistics | military |

Integrated Logistics Support (2) - Encompasses the unified management of the technical logistics elements that plan and develop the support requirements for a system. This can include hardware, software, and the provisioning of training and maintenance resources. Acronym: ILS Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency Included with permission from: HUM - The Government Computer Magazine "Integrated Logistics" December 1993, Walter Cooke

Related Terms: Integrated Logistics Support (2) - acquisition | continuous acquisition and life-cycle support | hardware | integration | logistics | management | maintenance | provisioning | software | support | system |

Integrated Weapon Systems Database - A physically distributed, logically linked data structure for the total collection of shared product definition and support data for one or more defense systems. Acronym: IWSDB Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency Department of Defense, United States Government, MIL-HDBK-59B, 1993

Related Terms: Integrated Weapon Systems Database - acquisition | contracting | data base | defense | integrated weapon system management | integration | logistics | military | procurement | support |

Integration - Can be described as consisting of three main components: physical integration, the connection of the hardware; data integration, the ready exchange of data between applications without loss of functionality; and lastly business integration, the integration of the functions needed to support decisions, monitor and control business. Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency Source: Department of Trade and Industry, United Kingdom "Open Systems in Manufacturing"

Related Terms: Integration - acquisition | data | design | distribution | engineering | inventory | logistics | management | manufacturing | operations management | production | system | systems management | warehousing |

Joint Computer-Aided Acquisition and Logistic Support - The JCALS program is the Department of Defense's lead system for implementation of CALS. The functionality of JCALS will provide automation of technical manuals and other maintenance documents. Fairfax CALS Shared Resource Center, 1994. Acronym: JCALS Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency

Related Terms: Joint Computer-Aided Acquisition and Logistic Support - acquisition | continuous acquisition and life-cycle support | defense | department of defense | military | maintenance | manufacturing | support | technology |

Landing Gear (1) - Retracting legs which support the front of a semitrailer when it is not coupled to a tractor.  Landing Gear (1) Reference: Truck Writers of North America (TWNA)

Related Terms: Landing Gear (1) - trailer | trucking |

Life Cycle - The phases of a product or system: need determination, system planning, research, design, production or construction, system evaluation, use and support, and phase out, disposal, or reuse. Acronym: LC

Related Terms: Life Cycle - cradle-to-grave | life cycle analysis | life cycle approach | lust-to-dust |

Life Cycle Cost - Refers to the total cost of a product over the full life of the product. The cost includes design, development, production, and support. Acronym: LCC Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency Fairfax CALS Shared Resource Center 1994

Related Terms: Life Cycle Cost - acquisition | design | financial | life cycle | logistics | management | manufacturing | production | support |

Life-Cycle Management System - A set of processes (which may include computer-aided software engineering tools) which facilitate the creation, tailoring, and navigation of a system development life cycle. A life cycle management system may take the form of an integrated project support environment or an estimating system linked to a project scheduling and tracking Acronym: CMS Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency

Related Terms: Life-Cycle Management System - acquisition | engineering | logistics | management | software | system | process |

Logistics Support Analysis (1) - Simply put, LSA is the iterative process of identifying support requirements for a new system, especially in the early stages of system design. The main goals of LSA are to ensure that the system will perform as intended and to influence the design for supportability and affordability. Acronym: LSA Reference: Air Force Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Acquisition and Logistics

Related Terms: Logistics Support Analysis (1) - acquisition | integrated logistics support | logistics | military |

Logistics Support Analysis (2) - A modeling process used to recognize the maintenance, training and the number of people that are required to get the system running and to maintain the system. Acronym: LSA Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency Included with permission from: HUM - The Government Computer Magazine "Integrated Logistics" December 1993, Walter Cooke

Related Terms: Logistics Support Analysis (2) - acquisition | logistics | logistics support analysis record | maintenance | modeling | support | system |

Logistics Support Analysis Record - That portion of LSA documentation consisting of detailed data pertaining to the identification of logistic support resource requirements of a system or equipment. n Smith, "An Introduction to CALS: The Strategy and the Standards", 1990. Acronym: LSAR Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency

Related Terms: Logistics Support Analysis Record - acquisition | continuous acquisition and life-cycle support | logistics | logistics support analysis | maintenance | modeling | support | system |

Maintenance Planning - The process of identifying and arranging, in an orderly manner, all required elements of the maintenance/repair support capability necessary to ensure Air Force systems, subsystems, and equipment are capable of performing their operational missions until phase-out or retirement. Reference: Air Force Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Acquisition and Logistics

Related Terms: Maintenance Planning - acquisition | integrated logistics support | logistics | military |

Manpower and Personnel - The identification of military and civilian personnel requirements with the skill and grades needed to operate and support a weapon system and equipment over its lifetime during peacetime and wartime scenarios. Reference: Air Force Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Acquisition and Logistics

Related Terms: Manpower and Personnel - acquisition | integrated logistics support | logistics | military |

MONITOR - Strategic Analysis, Forecasting and Evaluation in Research and Technology, amalgamating in 1988 the earlier Forecasting and Assessment in the Field of Science and Technology (FAST) with Strategic Analysis in the Field of Science and Technology (SAST) and Support Programme for the Evaluation of Activities in the Field of Research (SPEAR), Acronym: MONITOR Reference: Professor Derek Urwin, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, U.K., http://www.abdn.ac.uk/~pol028/index.htm

Related Terms: MONITOR - international | trade |

Not Mission Capable - A system in which several supporting subsystems are not functioning properly, or a few key systems are not functioning at acceptable levels. Also, a system in which a single critical system is not functioning. Acronym: NMC

Related Terms: Not Mission Capable - fully mission capable | mission | partially mission capable |

Packaging, Handling, Storage, and Transportation - The requirements, resources, processes, procedures, design considerations, and methods necessary to ensure that all systems, equipment, and support items are preserved, packaged, handled, and transported properly. Reference: Air Force Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Acquisition and Logistics

Related Terms: Packaging, Handling, Storage, and Transportation - acquisition | integrated logistics support | logistics | military |

Partially Mission Capable - A system in which critical supporting subsystems are functional.

Related Terms: Partially Mission Capable - fully mission capable | mission | not mission capable |

Processable Data Document - Technical data in digital source form that is either organized and formatted so that an automated data processing system can further structure or restructure the data in a variety of ways, or is compatible for direct processing by an automated design, engineering, or logistic support system. Processable data can be Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency Department of Defense, United States Government "Military Handbook 59-A" 1993

Related Terms: Processable Data Document - data | data base | document | file | technical data | technical manual |

Provisioning - The act of providing the complement of spares and support for fielded systems or equipment.

Related Terms: Provisioning - equipment | spares | support | system |

Pull Trailer - Short, full trailer (supported by axles front and rear) with an extended tongue. Reference: Truck Writers of North America (TWNA)

Related Terms: Pull Trailer - trailer | trucking |

Rapid Acquisition of Manufactured Parts - The Navy's RAMP program will enhance logistic support by applying data-driven automated manufacturing, acquisition, and inventory management technologies to produce small lots of selected, hard-to-acquire parts and assemblies at reduced cost and significantly shortened lead times. Acronym: RAMP Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency Included with permission from: Education Working Group, US CALS/CE Industry Steering Group "Electronic Blue Book" 1993

Related Terms: Rapid Acquisition of Manufactured Parts - acquisition | data | component | inventory | logistics | manufacturing | parts | procurement | production | supply | support |

Rapid Response Manufacturing - One of the major objectives of RRM is to create an engineering information environment that is accessible and useful for multiple engineering and manufacturing applications. Accepted robust standards for process and product data storage and exchange, which commercial vendors actively support, are a necessary ingredient of the infrastructure being developed Acronym: RRM Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency Included with permission from: National Security Industrial Association "CALS Expo '93, Proceedings and Reference"

Related Terms: Rapid Response Manufacturing - acquisition | logistics | manufacturing | parts | procurement | product | production | rapid acquisition of manufactured parts | standard | supply | support |

Repository - A facility for storing descriptions and behaviors of objects in an enterprise, including requirements, policies, processes, data, software libraries, projects, platforms and personnel, with the potential of supporting both software development and operations management. A single point of definition for all system resources. Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency Included with permission from: Gartner Group Adapted from: "Information Technology Glossary" Executive Reference 1993

Related Terms: Repository - business | data base | document | enterprise | file | information | information management | policy | process | program | software |

Request For Quote - Request For Quote is a request issued by a contracting agency to industry for quotes (proposal) in support of goods or services. Acronym: RFQ Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency Fairfax CALS Shared Resource Center, 1994

Related Terms: Request For Quote - acquisition | compliance | contracting | government | procurement | product | purchasing | request for proposal | services |

Semitrailer (1) - Truck trailer supported at the rear by its own wheels and at the front by a fifth wheel mounted to a tractor or dolly. Reference: Truck Writers of North America (TWNA)

Related Terms: Semitrailer (1) - trailer | trucking |

Serial Line IP/Point-to-Point Protocol - Two protocols that allow dial-up access to the Internet through a serial link. Most Internet access packages support both, through you can use only one at a time. Acronym: SLIP/PPP Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency

Related Terms: Serial Line IP/Point-to-Point Protocol - computer | internet | internet protocol | modem | point-to-point protocol | protocol | standard | telecommunications | standard |

Supply Support - All management actions, procedures, and techniques necessary to acquire, catalog, receive, store, transfer, issue, and dispose of secondary items. This includes provisioning for initial support, as well as acquiring, distributing, and replenishing inventory spares and parts, and planning for direct and competitive spares procurement. Reference: Air Force Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Acquisition and Logistics

Related Terms: Supply Support - acquisition | integrated logistics support | logistics | military |

Support Equipment - All equipment (mobile or fixed) required to support the operation and maintenance of weapon systems, except that which is an integral part of the mission equipment. Acronym: SE Reference: Air Force Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Acquisition and Logistics

Related Terms: Support Equipment - acquisition | integrated logistics support | logistics | military |

Technical Data Package - A technical description that is adequate to support acquisition of an item, including engineering and production, the description consisting of all applicable technical data such as engineering drawings, associated lists, product and process specifications and standards, performance requirements, quality assurance provisions, and packaging details. Acronym: TDP Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency Included with permission from Joan Smith, "An Introduction to CALS: The Strategy and the Standards", 1990

Related Terms: Technical Data Package - acquisition | engineering | manufacturing | production | support | technical data | technical manual |

Technical Information Systems - The generic term for the enterprise network of existing and augmented automated data processing systems used by government and contractors for management of technical information in support of the design, manufacture, and logistic processes for products such as weapon systems and related major equipment items. Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency Department of Defense, United States Government "Military Handbook 59-A" 1993

Related Terms: Technical Information Systems - business | data | design | enterprise | information management | manufacturing | network | system |

Training and Training Support - The processes, procedures, techniques, and equipment used to train active duty, reserve, and civilian personnel to operate and maintain a weapon system throughout its life cycle. Reference: Air Force Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Acquisition and Logistics

Related Terms: Training and Training Support - acquisition | integrated logistics support | logistics | military |

World Wide Web (1) - A network of servers that uses hypertext links to find and access files. Many Web sites also support video and sound. Acronym: WWW Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency

Related Terms: World Wide Web (1) - commerce | communications | computer | hardware | hypertext | information | internet | marketing | markup | network | protocol | server | software | trade |


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