Fleet Material Locator Information System (FMLIS)
Navy SBIR 2018.2 - Topic N182-122
NAVSUP - Mr. Mark Deebel - mark.deebel@navy.mil
Opens: May 22, 2018 - Closes: June 20, 2018 (8:00 PM ET)


TITLE: Fleet Material Locator Information System (FMLIS)


TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Information Systems, Materials/Processes


The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), 22 CFR Parts 120-130, which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services, including export of sensitive technical data, or the Export Administration Regulation (EAR), 15 CFR Parts 730-774, which controls dual use items. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals (FNs), their country(ies) of origin, the type of visa or work permit possessed, and the statement of work (SOW) tasks intended for accomplishment by the FN(s) in accordance with section 3.5 of the Announcement. Offerors are advised foreign nationals proposed to perform on this topic may be restricted due to the technical data under US Export Control Laws.

OBJECTIVE: Develop a logistics information management solution, designed for both Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet) and Non-secure Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet) environments capable of displaying real-time inventory and in-transit visibility in a geospatial environment.

DESCRIPTION: The Navy has two databases that contain afloat inventory visibility (Force Inventory Management Analysis Reporting System (FIMARS), and One Touch) and U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) has a database, Integrated Data Environment (IDE) / Global Transportation Network (GTN) Convergence (IGC) that contains materiel in-transit visibility (ITV). The Navy does not possess nor have access to a database that combines both afloat inventory and in-transit visibility. Also, the current databases are not capable of providing predictive transportation arrival and departure times based on algorithms. The Navy currently does not have data solutions for software integration meeting this requirement. The need is to have all of this data collected in one place and organized to support the visualization of materiel in transit and in inventory on hand on afloat platforms. The proposed solution must interface with the databases currently owned by the Navy and USTRANSCOM; FIMARS, One Touch, and IGC. Having access to a database that provides both inventory and in-transit visibility would provide leadership and Sailors with information that allows for improved maintenance planning and the ability to make critical materiel diversion/transfer and cannibalization decisions in real-time. Additionally, the in-transit visibility would allow for afloat ordering activities to see where their in-transit materiel is located and based on predictive analytics, which does not currently exist, when the materiel is anticipated to arrive depending on its current location based on historical delivery times.

The Navy seeks a Java based logistics information management solution that utilizes artificial intelligence component that is data driven and autonomous. The prototype shall have the computer architecture capability to conduct system updates through connected interface with FIMARS and IGC in all facets of inventory visibility and material in transit tracking.† Fleet Materiel Locator Information System (FMLIS) will be designed for both SIPRNet (classified)† and NIPRNet environments, and will utilize authoritative data sources such as FIMARS, One Touch, IGC, Inform-21, and Combat Logistics Force (CLF) Load Management System (CLMS) data displaying inventory and in-transit visibility in a geospatial environment (i.e., Google Earth).

The SIPRNet solution would provide leadership and our operating forces with asset/in-transit visibility during Phase II operations at a time when it is believed NIPRNet communications will be denied. It is anticipated the SIPRNet FMLIS will be incorporated into the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT) Logistics Common Operating Picture (LOGCOP).

Both the SIPRNet and NIPRNet solutions will contain the following data: National Stock Numbers (NSNs), document numbers, transportation control numbers (TCNs), on-hand locations, times of arrival/departure, and mode of shipments from IGC; NSN, ships name, allowance type code, allowance quantity and on-hand quantity, and date FIMARS was last updated by ship from FIMARS; NSN, requisition† document numbers, Material Processing Center (MPC) delivery/transship dates from Inform-21; NSN, ships name, and on-hand quantity from CLMS. FMLIS will need to compute location hold times, transportation times between transportation segments, and predicted delivery dates. It will have the ability to load NSN, document numbers, and TCN query groups. Results will be displayed in a geospatial environment with query and drill down capability. Ship locations will only be displayed on the SIPRNet solution.

SIPRNet is a system of interconnected computer networks used by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the U.S. Department of State to transmit classified information (up to and including information classified SECRET) by packet switching over the 'completely secure' environment. SIPRNet provides services such as hypertext document access and electronic mail. As such, SIPRNet is the DoD's classified version of the civilian Internet.† NIPRNet is a private IP network used to exchange unclassified information, including information subject to controls on distribution, among the private network's users. The NIPRNet also provides its users access to the Internet.† NIPRNet is composed of IP routers owned by the DoD.

The hardware and software proposed must meet the system DoD accreditation and certification requirements as cited in DoDI 8510.01, Risk Management Framework (RMF) for DoD Information Technology (IT) [Ref 3], and DoDI 8500.01, Cybersecurity [Ref 4].

Work produced in Phase II may become classified. Note: The prospective contractor(s) must be U.S. Owned and Operated with no Foreign Influence as defined by DOD 5220.22-M, National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual, unless acceptable mitigating procedures have been implemented and approved by the Defense Security Service (DSS).† The selected contractor and/or subcontractor must be able to acquire and maintain a secret level facility and Personnel Security Clearances, in order to perform on advanced phases of this contract as set forth by DSS and NAVSUP in order to gain access to classified information pertaining to the national defense of the United States and its allies; this will be an inherent requirement.† The selected company will be required to safeguard classified material IAW DoD 5220.22-M during the advance phases of this contract.

PHASE I: Develop an operational concept and select hardware and software solutions for FMLIS that demonstrate the feasibility of using the objective and description data sources to display real-time information on inventory and in-transit materiel. The offeror will perform a proof-of-concept, demonstrate data interface, provide a screen mock-up and prepare any supporting documentation that provides initial layout and description of capabilities and operations. Develop a Phase II plan.

PHASE II: Develop, engineer, and demonstrate a working prototype of a system capable of providing actionable information in operational NIPRNet and SIPRNet environments including providing improved visibility of the flow of materiel in communications-denied scenarios. Ensure that the prototype shows the required data from FIMARS, One Touch, IGC SIPRNet and NIPRNet, Inform-21, CLMS, and Google Earth, as referenced above, in a Geographic Information System (GIS) approved for use in operational environments using algorithms to produce predictive arrival and departure transportation times for in-transit materiel. Provide a rollout plan to introduce and deploy the prototype and applications to COMPACFLTís Headquarters Information Portal (HIP) (NIPRNet) and U.S. Pacific Commandís (PACOMís)/COMPACFLTís LOGCOP (SIPRNet). RMF Certification must be completed by the Phase II awardee prior to completion of the Phase II effort; the government will provide necessary certification requirements to the Phase II awardee during the Phase II Period of Performance. The SIPRNet development will be in a classified environment.

It is probable that the work under this effort will be classified under Phase II (see Description section for details).

PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Support the Navy in transitioning the technology to Navy use. Incorporate the system into the COMPACFLT LOGCOP (SIPRNet) and COMPACFLT Headquarters Information Portal (NIPRNet) and/or other logistics systems used in both SIPRNet and NIPRNet environments. Support the transition of the system and continued development of enhanced logistics capabilities arising from the new system, providing training and support to users and Fleet leadership.† .

As electronic commerce and global supply chains continue to impact nearly all industries, the visualization capabilities sought under this topic have a wide range of applications in commercial logistics and transportation.


1. Defense Transportation Regulation Ė Part VI 19 (June 2017) Management and Control of Intermodal Containers and System 463L Equipment https://www.ustranscom.mil/dtr/part-vi/dtr_part_vi_605.pdf

2. Big Data and Deep Learning for Logistics in Support of the Fleetís Distributed Lethality Concept. https://calhoun.nps.edu/bitstream/handle/10945/56363/Zhao_NPS-N16-N235-C_Poster.pdf?sequence=1

3. DoDI 8510.01, March 12, 2014, Risk Management Framework (RMF) for DoD Information Technology (IT), http://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/dodi/851001_2014.pdf

4. DoDI 8500.01, Cybersecurity NUMBER 8500.01March 14, 2014, http://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/dodi/850001_2014.pdf

KEYWORDS: Logistics; Supply; In-transit visibility; Geographic Information Systems; Inventory Levels; Inventory Tracking; Database; SIPR; NIPR


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