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DARPA embarks on LogX programme

23rd May 2019 - 16:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched the LogX programme to develop and demonstrate software for real-time logistics and supply chain system situational awareness (diagnosis), prediction (prognosis) and resilience.

LogX aims to build a capability to work alongside existing logistics information systems that exploits the recent migration of logistics information to digital formats and the cloud.

DARPA is looking for proposers with expertise in logistics information systems and analysis; knowledge in applying AI to resilient/adaptive supply chain management, supply chain due diligence; real-time awareness across heterogeneous logistics/supply systems; and distributed, probabilistic state estimation techniques on networks of networks.

John Paschkewitz, DARPA program manager in the Strategic Technology Office, said: 'DARPA is exploring the flexibility of systems that can be composed by operators to meet varying mission needs as part of its Mosaic Warfare concept, which moves the enterprise from one that is ‘built to order’ with long response times and low flexibility to an agile assemble to order model.

‘This shift will require profound changes in inventory management, positioning, and logistics information awareness beyond the obvious changes in weapons systems and tactics. It will also require a different approach than commercial Just In Time systems to have adequate resilience. A new logistics approach is required to viably compose and sustain a Mosaic fighting force, and information awareness is the critical enabler.’

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