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 DOT&E

Director, Operational Test & Evaluation
  
FY97 Annual Report

FY97 Annual Report

FUELS AUTOMATED SYSTEM (FAS)

DLA (lead) Joint ACAT IAM Program
Total program cost (TY$) $60M
Life cycle cost (TY$) $171M
Full-rate production 1QFY99

Prime Contractor
Oracle

SYSTEM DESCRIPTION & CONTRIBUTION TO JOINT VISION 2010

The Fuels Automated System (FAS) is an integrated relational database system using an open system architecture design. Ultimately, FAS will consist of two levels that collectively provide an automated, integrated, and responsive system for managing DoD fuels. The Base Level will provide transaction data at the fuel distribution terminals whereas the Enterprise Level will handle procurement, supply, and financial functions. FAS will support fuels management with commercially-available application software and will take advantage of proven commercial business practices established in the petroleum industry. FAS supports the JV 2010 operational concept of focused logistics by integrating the fuels support system, enabling rapid response to mobilization and crises.


BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The FAS program was initiated to accommodate evolving requirements for the fuels mission of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), utilizing automated information system (AIS) technologies. FAS will increase fuel accountability at Defense Fuel Supply Points, integrate automatic tank gauging and automated leak detection capabilities, provide a mechanism for specialized customer support through customized terminal interfaces, and promote real-time data processing.

During an In-Process Review (IPR) in mid-August 1997, the FAS program office identified a schedule breach due to delayed deliverables from Oracle. The FAS program office has rebaselined the program and updated the Overarching Integrated Process Team (OIPT) in mid-October 1997.


TEST & EVALUATION ACTIVITY

The DLA Systems Design Center (DSDC) conducted Base Level developmental testing in compliance with the Test and Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP) from April through September 1996 at 12 Service sites. Testing focused on executing scenarios for system functionality such as ordering, receiving, issuing, and storing fuel. At least one Government observer was present at each site to record results.

As the Operational Test Activity (OTA), the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) focused considerable time and attention on nine Early Operational Assessments (EOAs) and a pilot test. From May through August 1996, JITC conducted the EOAs as developmental testing was wrapping up at each site.

JITC conducted Base Level Initial Operational Testing (IOT) at six Service sites from August through December 1996. JITC determined that the system was operationally effective and suitable. The program office received approval to begin fielding the Base Level to 600 DLA and Service sites. As of the end of August 1997, the Base Level has been installed and is operational at approximately 300 sites.


TEST & EVALUATION ASSESSMENT

DSDC provided to DOT&E an interim report documenting developmental test results from four Air Force test sites. DSDC communicated its final results during the Base Level operational test readiness review. The Base Level had met all performance criteria and was ready for IOT&E.

The Base Level EOAs provided insight into the Base Level's states of maturity, integration, stability, and readiness for IOT. The one pilot test at Nellis AFB allowed the JITC testers to fine tune their test procedures prior to the start of IOT.

During the early part of Base Level IOT, the test configuration and training and support concepts proved to be immature. The program office was allowed to make changes to the Base Level configuration during operational testing. By the end of four months of testing, many system improvements were incorporated into the site configurations. Through this cooperative process, Base Level FAS was evaluated as operationally effective and operationally suitable.


LESSONS LEARNED

The operational testers should research potential test sites and select sites that truly represent the environment of the operational mission.



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