Ann Arbor, MI (PRWEB) May 6, 2010
LLamasoft’s Department of Defense (DoD) consulting team and their software application, Supply Chain Guru® (http://www.LLamasoft.com/Technology/SupplyChainGuru.aspx), have played a key role in support of the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) analysis and design of the U.S. military’s new Northern Distribution Network (NDN) into Afghanistan. The NDN team has been recognized by the Supply Chain Council as the recipient of the 2010 Department of Defense (DoD) Award for Supply Chain Operational Excellence.
The Northern Distribution Network (NDN) is a joint initiative of multiple agencies within the United States Department of Defense led by the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSOM). The NDN project identified and established new distribution routes that connect Baltic and Caspian ports with Afghanistan via Russia, Central Asia, and the Caucasus. The flexible supply line, which relies entirely on commercial shippers, now serves as an alternative to the vulnerable ground route that follows the Karachi-Peshawar road through Pakistan that had been used exclusively since 2001.
“By aligning distribution processes to a common set of performance-based SCOR metrics, NDN has established an effective supplement and viable alternative to existing Pakistan supply lines,” said SCC Executive Director Joseph Francis. “NDN is a stellar example of how to use SCOR to enhance supply chain velocity, precision, visibility and efficiency to bolster coalition forces.”
Now that NDN is in full operation, the entire region directly contributes to the re-supply of coalition forces and has a larger economic and strategic stake in the success of coalition operations in Afghanistan. By opening up new commercial distribution routes, NDN also creates an opportunity for a more sustainable flow of goods that could speed economic progress in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.
“Over the last few years, LLamasoft and Northrop Grumman have worked closely with US Transportation Command to successfully deploy our cutting edge simulation and optimization capabilities to address a variety of complex military logistics planning problems” stated LLamasoft President Donald Hicks. “We are honored to be part of USTRANSCOM’s efforts for advanced logistics support in the NDN and that our team was recognized by the Supply Chain Council for their mission critical efforts in support of coalition forces.”
LLamasoft provides software and expertise to design and improve supply chain network operations. Supply Chain Guru® is the leading supply chain strategic planning application available in the market today. It enables companies to model, optimize and simulate their supply chain operations, leading to major improvements in transportation, inventory, sourcing, and production.
About Supply Chain Council
Supply Chain Council is a global non-profit organization that helps member organizations make dramatic and rapid improvements in supply chain processes. SCC maintains the Supply Chain Operations Reference-model (SCOR®), the supply chain management community's most widely accepted framework for evaluating and comparing supply chain activities and performance.