Army’s Sustainment “Think Tank” to Facilitate and Further Research with CCALS

RICHMOND, VA – The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems (CCALS) today announced that the Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM) at Fort Lee, Va., has joined the research collaborative, enhancing CCALS’ ability to solve logistics challenges facing businesses and government agencies.

CASCOM is the Army’s sustainment think tank and premier learning institution. For more than two decades, CASCOM has supported the operations, training, and leadership development necessary to sustain Army and joint missions worldwide. Its experience and perspective will benefit all CCALS members as they collaboratively address logistics issues associated with big data, security, modeling, simulation, personnel and more.

“Collaboration with commercial partners is key to sustaining military personnel and equipment in the field,” said William F. Moore, Deputy to the Commanding General at CASCOM. “CCALS creates new opportunities for industry and academic partnership and dialogue, and we look forward to working together on logistics improvements that can benefit both government and business.”

CCALS brings government and industry organizations with significant logistics operations together with the research capabilities and expertise of four Virginia universities (University of Virginia, Longwood University, Virginia State University and Virginia Commonwealth University). Together, CCALS members identify logistics challenges and share resources to tackle them. It’s a unique R&D method for logistics that promises to cut costs, accelerate discovery and deliver transformative results to the technology, transportation, mechanical, human and other systems that enable logistics.

CASCOM joins CCALS as a government associate. Government associates do not contribute financially to CCALS, but participate in collaborative research projects, as well as advise on technical direction and workforce development. CASCOM also participates in Richmond’s Future, an independent think tank focused on advancing the greater Richmond region. CASCOM Commanding General, Major General Larry D. Wyche, co-chairs the think tank’s logistics task force.

“CASCOM is one of the primary reasons Central Virginia has emerged as a global logistics hub, and CCALS welcomes it with open arms,” said Mark Manasco, CCALS’ president and executive director. “In addition to valuable logistics experience and insight, CASCOM will benefit CCALS members by creating unprecedented access to thousands of trained and skilled logisticians, many of whom seek private sector careers upon military retirement.”

About the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems

CCALS is an extraordinary collaboration between business, government and world-class universities, including the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia State University and Longwood University, all focused on a singular mission: transform industry by improving the complex system of technological, mechanical and human factors that enable logistics. With multiple perspectives at the table and favorable intellectual property policies, CCALS ensures that promising discoveries become effective business solutions faster than ever. CCALS’ location also provides members unique access to an experienced, skilled and highly qualified talent pool. Central Virginia is home to the US Army Logistics University, Amazon distribution centers and significant UPS and FedEx operations. For more information, visit www.ccals.com.

About CASCOM

CASCOM’s mission is to train, educate and grow adaptive sustainment professionals, as well as develop and integrate innovative Army and Joint sustainment capabilities, concepts and doctrine to enable Unified Land Operations. CASCOM is the Army lead for the sustainment dimension of the U.S. Army, to include supply, maintenance, transportation, personnel, finance, medical, legal, operational energy, operational contract support, etc.  For more information about CASCOM, please visit www.cascom.army.mil.

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