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CALL Newsletter 04-13
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
CAAT II Initial Impressions Report (IIR)

Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
CAAT II Initial Impressions Report (IIR)

Chapter 4: Combat Service Support
Topic D: CSS C3I

Subtopic 4: Communication Challenges in the Logistics Community in OIF

Observation Synopsis

The logistics community has developed a number of sophisticated web-based tools that can be leveraged to track and manage CL IX and other supplies moving through the wholesale and distribution systems to the user. These tools have become the standard and are used every day to manage CL IX operations. Some of these tools include: WEBVLIPS, WEBCATS, JTAV, JLWI, and a host of other systems. However, sufficient communications architecture is necessary to effectively utilize these systems. At the current time, the division signal community does not have the assets necessary to support these functions. One division worked around this issue by "piggy-backing" off the mini- and micro-communications packages contracted by AMC. However, this forces reliance on an external organization in order to accomplish its mission. The same division also utilized some of the excess capability built into the very small aperture terminal (VSAT) system to gain access to some of these tools. However, many of the web tools used to manage CL IX are not accessible through VSATS.

Lessons Learned

  • The division signal community does not have the assets necessary to support WEBVLIPS, WEBCATS, JTAV, JLWI, and a host of other systems.
  • Units have worked around this issue by "piggy-backing" off the mini- and micro-communications packages contracted by AMC.
  • Some units have utilized part of the excess capability built into the VSAT system to gain access to some on-line tools.
  • Many web tools used to manage CL IX are not accessible through the VSAT system.

DOTMLPF Implications

Organization and Materiel: Units must have access to communications systems that can support their information requirements. Access to high-speed internet connections and DSN lines is essential to mission accomplishment. Future units should consider contracting for these essential systems. Recommend units obtain a contract similar to the one used by AMC to support their communications requirements.

Table of Supporting Observations


Observation Title CALLCOMS
File Number
Communication Challenges in the Logistics Community during OIF 10000-75602

Table of Contents
Chapter 4-Topic D-Subtopic 3: Range Capability of Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below System (FBCB2) to Support the CSS Force Structure
Chapter 4-Topic D-Subtopic 5: Importance of Information Management for Coalition Transporters




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