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The process through which resources are obtained to meet determined requirements: methods include purchase, rent, lease, or borrow. 













	
	
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Acquisition Logistics - 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

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Acquisition Manager - The system/equipment program manager, the program manager's staff, and other DoD officials responsible for determining contract requirements for the generation, acquisition, and use of defense system/equipment data, and having acquisition authority for defense systems and equipment. Acronym: AM Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency Department of Defense, United States Government "Military Handbook 59-B" 1993

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Bulletin Board Service - A bulletin board is similar to a network and thus Internet. Requirements for a bulletin board are a computer, modem, and preferably bulletin board software. A bulletin board can contain directories of files (for user downloading) and e-mail facilities (where users can exchange/or post messages). Based on their access privileges, Acronym: BBS Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency

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Business Process Re-engineering - The fundamental analysis and radical redesign of everything: business processes and management systems, job definitions, organizational structures and beliefs and behaviors to achieve dramatic performance improvements to meet contemporary requirements. Information technology (IT) is a key enabler in this process. Acronym: BPR Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency

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CHRISTINE - Characteristics and Requirements of Information Systems based on Traffic Data in an Integrated Network Environment, a DRIVE project. Acronym: CHRISTINE Reference: Professor Derek Urwin, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, U.K., http://www.abdn.ac.uk/~pol028/index.htm

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Data Item Description - A DID identifies specific data requirements, which may include the format of a report used to display the data. Most current DID's were prepared with only the hard copy (paper, aperture card, etc.) document environment in mind. In a CALS environment, two aspects of data acquisition must be examined to Acronym: DID Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency Department of Defense, United States Government "Military Handbook 59-B", 1993

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Drawing - An engineering document or digital data file (s) that discloses (directly or by reference), by means of graphic or textual presentations, or a combination of both, the physical and functional requirements of an item. Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency Department of Defense, United States Government "Military Standard 1840-B", 3 November 1992

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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

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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

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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

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International Standards Organization - ISO is the international standards organizations that is similar in function to ANSI. They do not create standards but as with ANSI the provided a means of verifying that a proposed standard has met certain requirements for due process, consensus, and other criteria by those developing the standard. After this Acronym: ISO Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency

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ISO 9000 - ISO 9000 is a series of international standards that provides quality management guidance and identifies quality system elements that are necessary for quality assurance. In other words, the ISO 9000 series standards have two main roles: to provide guidance for suppliers of all types of products that wish to implement Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency

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Legacy Data Management - The process of identifying and evaluating historical information and defining potential solutions and requirements for long-term usage of that data in a cost effective manner. Acronym: LDM Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency

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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

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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

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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

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Material Requirements Planning (1) - Original manufacturing business software that focused only on planning the manufacturing materials and inventories and did not integrate planning for other resources, such as people and machine capacity. Acronym: MRP Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency Included with permission from: Gartner Group "Information Technology Glossary" Executive Reference, 1993

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Military Handbook 59 - The "DoD CALS Program Implementation Guide," is not a standard. It provides the acquisition manager and his staff, as well as defense contractors and government end users with a detailed explanation of the CALS program, its objectives and strategy, and how to develop and apply CALS requirements that meet the Acronym: MIL-HDBK-59 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

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Military Specification - A Specification used to specify requirements when designing or producing a product for the Department of Defense. Acronym: MIL-SPEC Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency Fairfax CALS Shared Resource Center, 1994

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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

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Pro Forma Invoice - An advanced-notice invoice used for customs requirements, or to provide shipment information to a buyer or reciever.

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Product Model - A data model that contains the functions and physical characteristics of each unit of a product throughout its complete life cycle (from requirements specification to disposal). Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency Source: Department of Trade and Industry, United Kingdom "Open Systems in Manufacturing"

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Random-Access Memory - Thought of as temporary memory because when the computer is turned off, all data stored in RAM is lost. To run a computer software application, it must be loaded into RAM. All computer programs (software) have a minimum RAM requirement. Acronym: RAM Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency

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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

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START-UP - Supplies for Technological Advanced Requirements Through Users Protocols, a STATEL. A CADDIA programme on the interchange of electronic data between Eurostat and the national statistical offices. Acronym: START-UP Reference: Professor Derek Urwin, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, U.K., http://www.abdn.ac.uk/~pol028/index.htm

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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

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