Dallas-based supply chain tech firm One Network Enterprises has signed a huge contract to modernized and streamline the Navy’s entire operational supply chain.
The Army Contracting Command—on behalf of the United States Navy for the Naval Operational Business Logistics Enterprise (NOBLE)—awarded a $42.6 million contract to One Network for its commercial experience and defense capabilities to the project.
One Network, a provider of multi-party business networks to enable autonomous supply chain management, will work to modernize repeatable business processes for the Navy across all commodity types.
The solution is the Naval Operational Supply System, or NOSS.
“The confidence that the Navy has entrusted to One Network is another proof point regarding the capabilities of our multi-party network platform,” David Stephens, One Network’s executive vice president and general manager of Government Programs, said in a statement. “The Navy will benefit from a modernized global platform that will never go legacy, supporting both ashore and afloat capabilities.”
The intent of NOSS is to replace all legacy applications and systems to consolidate functions into an end-to-end supply chain management solution. This will allow the Navy to have standardized and scalable capabilities for supply, financial, and property management across the entire enterprise.
NOSS, which is being dubbed a ‘modernization effort,’ will support Naval Operational Forces, which include Maritime, Aviation, Expeditionary, and Shore Support Units. According to Stephens, the platform’s integration enables a Delayed/Disconnected, Intermittently Connected, Low Bandwidth Environment—commonly known as D-DIL—that is ideal for operations afloat.
That means the mobile One Network solution will be operational on all Navy ships and submarines, with access from every shore-based location.
It will also be the Department of Defense’s first material-agnostic supply chain management solution, per a news release.
DoD services have traditionally relied on multiple systems within their supply chain. But with NOSS, all commodities the Navy needs to support mission-critical operations will be managed through one global system.
Those commodities include munitions, parts and repairables, medical supplies, petroleum, oils and lubricants, food and food preparation, hazardous material, retail, and any other items the Navy needs.
The contract is a result of an Other Transactional Authority (OTA) acquisition process, which most commonly refers to the authority of the DoD to carry out prototype, research, and production projects. One Network’s efforts currently include all tasks needed for a Limited Deployment (LD) of the NOSS solution, as functional requirements need to be implemented to deploy a solution in a production environment.
One Network has the experience needed, though.
Since 2008, the Dallas enterprise has supported multiple other agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense, including the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Last month, the Air Force awarded One Network a $62 million contract to configure and model new master data management business processes.
Currently, One Network has some 500 employees in total, with about one third in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As these government programs are ramping up, the company told us it plans to hire technical and program management positions in Dallas and Norfolk, Virginia.
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