Lockheed Martin's Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS)

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Introduction When it comes to maintaining and supporting legacy aircraft such as the F-16 within today’s Air Force inventory, the logistics scheme currently in use includes distinct and separate information systems for repair, supply, maintenance personnel and skills, mission planning and post-mission debriefings. They are standard for the Air Force and used by other fleets (Butler, 2013). With the introduction of the Joint Strike Fighter program, the F-35 will replace several aircraft currently operational with the Air Force, Navy and the Marine Corps. Handling the logistics support of this large scale fighter program across service branches is no easy task and the manufacturer, Lockheed Martin Corporation, introduced Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) to tackle the issue. The results? No so great yet.

What is ALIS?
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The company resembles the system concept to the human body’s autonomic nervous system that monitors, controls and adjusts your autonomic response to external stimuli. Similarly ALIS will be doing the same for the F-35 jet, seamlessly integrating current performance, operational parameters, current configuration, scheduled upgrades and maintenance, component history, predictive diagnostics (prognostics) and health management, and service support for the F-35 (“F-35”, n.d.). In theory, F-35 will be transmitting aircraft health and maintenance action information to the appropriate users on a globally-distributed network. ALIS will in turn receive Health Reporting Codes via a radio frequency downlink even while the F-35 is still in flight. As a result, parts and qualified maintainers will be pre-positioned so that when the aircraft lands, downtime is minimized and efficiency is increased (“ALIS”,

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