In a significant stride towards modernizing the Air Force Sustainment Center (AFSC) and its three Air Logistics Complexes (ALCs) located at key bases across the United States, Accenture Federal Services has been awarded a $25 million prime contract. The project aims to revamp operations and establish a cutting-edge digital infrastructure to enhance efficiency and effectiveness.
The AFSC, spanning Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, Robins Air Force Base in Georgia, and Hill Air Force Base in Utah, is responsible for maintaining over 25,000 pieces of equipment and supporting a workforce of 40,000 military and civilian personnel. This critical hub provides crucial services, including top-tier aircraft depot maintenance, supply chain management, and operational support for the warfighter.
Bill Marion, Managing Director of Defense Portfolio, Growth, and Strategy Lead at Accenture Federal Services, expressed enthusiasm for the opportunity to lead this transformation. The endeavor will incorporate a host of advanced technologies, including connected devices, machine learning, and operational technology with cyber capabilities. This complex ecosystem will deliver valuable analytics and catalyze manufacturing transformation within the AFSC.
The cornerstone of this initiative is the development of an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform named ATHENA, which will serve as the backbone of the digital depot. By securely collecting and transmitting operational technology (OT) data from a diverse range of sensors and devices, the platform will integrate data from throughout the AFSC. Real-time dashboards will provide transparent monitoring, allowing for agile decision-making.
Keith Runtz, Senior Managing Director and Defense Portfolio Lead at Accenture Federal Services, highlighted the complexity of the AFSC's operations, which span ten networks with various processes and tools. This diversity can lead to disconnected data sources, creating inefficiencies. The new platform will standardize, visualize, and integrate data from shop floor machines, setting the stage for a more streamlined and efficient industrial production environment and ultimately contributing to the success of the warfighter.
The performance period for the ATHENA contract spans up to five years, underscoring the long-term commitment to modernizing the AFSC and its associated complexes.
Accenture Federal Services, a subsidiary of Accenture LLP, is a key player in the U.S. government services sector, with a dedicated focus on solving complex problems and driving digital transformation. Their extensive network and innovative approach position them as catalysts for positive change within government operations.
As this transformative project takes shape, it stands as a testament to the power of technology and innovation in fortifying critical defense infrastructure, ultimately strengthening the nation's security posture. With ATHENA at its core, the Air Force Sustainment Center is poised to enter a new era of efficiency and operational excellence.