The Coast Guard Logistics Information Management System is mission support software that improves supply and maintenance management for Coast Guard cutters; aircraft; boats; shore-based systems; and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment through integrated and automated ordering, scheduling and data management.
Why this program?
The Coast Guard will use the Logistics Information Management System to provide logistics and maintenance support for its aircraft, boats, cutters, C4ISR equipment and shore-based systems. CG-LIMS will consolidate support functions into one system that will allow the Coast Guard to better track its supply needs, ease the management burden for maintenance teams and offer better cybersecurity than current systems.
Configuration management standardizes equipment across similar Coast Guard assets. Maintenance management helps schedule and perform procedures to ensure components, equipment and systems work as intended. Supply chain management guarantees that parts, equipment and supplies are available whenever they are needed for operations and mission support infrastructure. Technical data management organizes and stores documents such as engineering data, technical manuals, drawings and maintenance procedures.
CG-LIMS integrates all of these elements to increase asset availability and operational effectiveness while decreasing costs. It also will provide the Coast Guard with timely and accurate information on the location, movement, status and identity of equipment components and supplies.
How is the program implemented?
The CG-LIMS program utilizes the agile software development model. The team establishes overall concepts for the software, breaks those concepts down into manageable short-term goals and identifies the functions needed to achieve those goals. The agile model helps program personnel understand how their short-term work fits in to the larger scheme for the software.
Agile development also allows the CG-LIMS program to continually add new features to the prototype system. The Coast Guard began using the prototype system to support five HC-144As and two HC-144Bs at the Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Alabama, in 2014. The program also demonstrated an early configuration of CG-LIMS for the buoy utility stern loading boats in 2015 and finished moving the technical documents for all aircraft to the new system in 2016. The Coast Guard will transition more assets to CG-LIMS as the software is developed to support them.