Transportation Management System (TMS)

From Commander, Military Sealift Command

Transportation Management System (TMS)

There is broad consensus among senior military and civilian leaders that today’s security environment is faster paced, more complex, and increasingly competitive. In such an environment, the Joint Force’s transportation requirements demand integration, transparency and visibility.

U.S. Transportation Command—supported by the Office of the Secretary of Defense—is leading the effort to transform the Defense Transportation System by prototyping and evaluating a Commercial Off-the-Shelf Transportation Management System capability (or TMS). In fact, this is USTRANSCOM’s number one initiative. You will begin to hear more about TMS over the next year, and many MSC staff members are actively participating in the analysis phase of the program.

The purpose of this commercially proven capability is to seamlessly integrate planning and execution of global transportation operations and provide optimized transportation solutions, total requirement visibility, and cost-informed options. Ultimately, USTRANSCOM envisions every passenger and piece of DoD cargo travelling through the Defense Transportation System is managed in TMS.

U.S. Transportation Command is attacking this problem now because the current Joint Deployment Distribution Enterprise has critical planning and operational gaps, many of which exist because of our current portfolio of disparate, mode- and service-specific systems. Not only will a TMS enable integrated operations, it also responds to DoD’s call for reform and enables audit readiness.

USTRANSCOM—with broad participation from U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, the Services and DLA—will begin moving cargo to Hawaii with the TMS next spring. The transition to the new system will be difficult, and the prototyping effort will highlight all that we must change with our current processes in order to capitalize on this capability. I’m convinced, though, that a TMS will fundamentally change for the better the way we operate and are organized.

MSC will interface with the new system throughout the prototyping phase, which is our opportunity to ensure the TMS and supporting processes meet MSC’s operational needs. These engagements will build universal acceptance and allow the enterprise to leverage the operational power of TMS. Thank you in advance for contributing to the success and implementation of this program.

United We Sail,

Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, USN

Commander, Military Sealift Command


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