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Data Pipeline and Tools

Using the data everyone has to generate insights no one has

We have built a large-scale data pipeline, providing an unequaled view of the complete sustainment system. Our data workflow is a force multiplier that allows us to pursue a wide range of different analyses and the Services are currently adopting our tools and standards. IDA is uniquely positioned to build these tools, conduct these studies, and share both with the DOD.

1. Collect raw data
Our analysis workflow requires detailed maintenance and supply data from a wide range of different authoritative data sources.
2. Curate raw data for processing
We have built "nectar," a tool to automate the preparation and standardization of the various raw data sources for further analysis.
3. Process raw data into item-level metrics
Curated data is processed into "ground truth" metrics using our service-specific tools ("sabrewing," "swordfish," or "honeybee"), drawing on years of discussions with subject-matter experts.
4. Translate human-readable files into models
Our open-source "stinger" software package makes it possible to modify complex models in minutes, rather than days or weeks.

Our pre-processing tools combine data from different sources to create usable metrics

We consolidate Navy and Air Force data systems and calculate sustainment metrics by platform. We can pull from a variety of complementary databases to create unparalleled insight into the supply system (inventories by site, stock posture health, projected due-ins, etc.), component properties (platform specific failure rates, maintenance turnaround time, repair/procurement lead times, etc.), and the platforms themselves (system deployments, sortie durations, etc.). The overlap in IDA’s modeling expertise, sustainment knowledge, and the non-proprietary nature of our tools uniquely positions us to conduct the studies and share our results with the DOD.

Our tools allow us to answer questions ranging from the tactical to the strategic

The focus on individual parts allows IDA to investigate a plethora of courses of action to address readiness shortfalls.

How many units will be ready?

Which items are likely to cause problems?

Which investment path meets DoD’s needs?