SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- In response to overwhelming fleet requirements and positive user feedback of the SPAWAR Acquisition Integrated Logistics Online Repository (SAILOR) 2.0, the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) launched SAILOR version 2.1 on Sept. 15.
Developed in collaboration with Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence, the updated tool provides additional product features in anticipation of fleet demands for expanding the number of systems covered by this powerful tool.
"I see critical value with SAILOR in terms of a direct technical knowledge medium between the fleet and subject matter experts ashore," said Lt. Cmdr. Donald Wilson, force combat systems information officer, Commander, Naval Air Forces. "Having the documentation readily available at the click of a mouse, allows Sailors to properly configure, operate and maintain equipment and software; in turn you get improved system performance and support which equals increased fleet C4I readiness."
SAILOR was developed in November 2010 as a user-friendly tool to assist the fleet in accessing current hardware and software configurations as well as product support documents. SAILOR allows the fleet to exchange technical knowledge with subject matter experts through blogs and a technical exchange forum which ultimately increases transparency and decreases response time.
"Not only will the fleet have access to critical documents and configuration files for their C4I products, they'll have 'how to' videos to help trouble shoot their equipment," said Margaret Fellenbaum, SPAWAR's technical director of product data management.
Originally designed for Sailors between ages 18 to 30, users can now navigate a comprehensive interface that includes video streaming capabilities, convenient document aggregation, fleet feedback mechanism, consolidated navigation menus and enhanced user support areas.
"Bandwidth is limited out in the fleet. SAILOR 2.1 loads significantly faster and is more responsive," said Information Systems Technician 1st Class Justin Roysdon, SPAWAR C4I Help Desk.
SAILOR 2.1 offers the fleet an array of features such as "tech tube," updated navigation and interface display and a media center. Tech tube, a series of "how to" videos, was created based on SPAWAR Commander Rear Adm. Patrick Brady's recommendation to display, track and report video tutorials to the fleet in an effort to proactively counter critical fleet issues like readiness and technical support.
"SAILOR has become an essential tool for the fleet to enhance C4I readiness and ultimately the Navy's Information Dominance capabilities," said Brady. "SPAWAR continues to strive to meet fleet requirements, and SAILOR 2.1 provides additional features that the fleet has been asking for."
With an increasing response to the promotion of fleet readiness and ensuring warfighter efficiency, requirements are rapidly increasing for a faster, more efficient means of accessing online training, technical manuals and "how to" videos for Sailors on board a Navy ship.
With a focus on fiscal efficiency, SPAWAR took the reins and pursued a more cost effective approach in quickly distributing logistics, training and instructional material to the fleet with version 2.1.
Forward moving trends have also shown systems leaning toward central online distribution points to provide an on-demand environment, where data can be instantly accessed without the need for physical media. SAILOR 2.1 significantly decreases program sustainment costs in maintaining, shipping and tracking of training materials.
"[SPAWAR]...listened to the fleet Sailors and placed a majority of our C4I system information in a single location," said Information Systems Technician 1st Class Christopher Tierney, USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53).
SAILOR 2.1 will maintain its current security, privacy methods and policies, with the new changes not having an effect on security measures.
As the Navy's Information Systems Dominance systems command, SPAWAR and the SAILOR 2.1 team looks forward to receiving feedback on the launch of a product that directly benefits the sailor, increases fleet readiness and improves product data availability, accuracy and accessibility.
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