Battlefield Automation:

Army Efforts To Automate Combat Service Support

NSIAD-87-178FS: Published: Jul 31, 1987. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 1987.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of the Army's effort to automate combat service support (CSS) activities.

GAO found that the: (1) Army plans to spend about $600 million to modernize its six CSS components at the corps and theater levels and to automate manual systems at lower command levels; (2) systems will collect, summarize, and organize the most important logistical, personnel, medical and inventory information for analysis at higher command levels; (3) systems will use new technology to reduce system cost and size, provide more efficient and user-friendly software, and provide more efficient data communications capabilities; (4) systems are commercial equipment modified for the tactical environment; and (5) Army will determine the specific capabilities and equipment options as the program progresses.

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