After reviewing the information further that I had collected over the past month, including the current way the Army handles their information management and how Project Abacus' proposed "Staffs" listing will handle it I've come up with the following conclusions.
First, here is the basic breakdown of information flow as detailed in my first journal entry.
Now, here is Project Abacus' proposed breakdown of information flow after gathering the necessary assets as a whole and organizing them.
S-1: Personnel and Administration S-2: Intelligence and Security S-3: Operations S-4: Logistics S-5: Plans and Documentation S-6: Signals and Communications S-7: Training and Education S-8: Finance and Legal S-9: Civil Affairs AS-1: Medical AS-2: Maintenance
The term "AS" stands for Auxiliary Staffs, which would be a subsidary Staffs section -- but large enough to have it's own notation. Again, the proposed reason for doing this is based on the fact of simplicity when trying to read and comprehend all that is within the Staffs themselves, and the information that each handles.
Understanding CMF's, MOS's, and ACC's
CMF(Career Management Field) is the branch/corps in which every single job in the Army can be categorized in. These jobs are known as MOS(Military Occupational Speciality). Every member of the Army has a specific MOS, along with various other skill levels, SQI(special identification identifier), and so on.
The way CMF's are brokedown are as follows:
02: Band 11: Infantry 13: Field Artillery 14: Air Defense 15: Aviation 18: Special Forces 19: Armor 21: Engineering 25: Signal 27: Missle Systems Maintenance 31: Law Enforcement 33: Electronic Warfare 37: Psychological Operations 38: Civil Affairs 42: Unknown 44: Finance 44: Metal Working(need verification on which is the new notation) 45: Armament Maintenance 46: Public Affairs 52: Special Equipment 56: Chaplain Assistant 57: Laundry & Shower 63: Mechanical Maintenance (Vehicles) 71: Administration 74: Chemical Operations 79: Recruiting & Retention 88: Transportation 89: Ammunition 91: Medical 92: Logistics 94: Electronic Maintenance 96: Intelligence 97: Counter/Human Intelligence 98: Signals (Communications) Intelligence
This is just the list of career fields, within each one ranges from 3 to 20+ job specialities in which soldiers can enlist into. Please keep in mind that these are ONLY enlisted jobs, a list of commissioned jobs is currently being worked on. With that being said, this list may be a little off in it's notations.
Currently there are almost 200 MOS's that the Army alone accounts for on the enlisted side, add nearly 400 ACC(Army Correspondence Course) to that and that's ALOT of training that is done. Not to mention 32 Warrior Task's that every soldier has to learn and the plethora of start up classes that tend to spring up for referral or refresher training by the civilian sector for the military.
Unfortunately, the only thing that is categorized in these CMF's is the MOS's themselves. None of the other training is categorized, which in my original post states that I've already categorized the ACC's into their respective CMF's that they compliment. Something that has never been done before by the military. This will allow soldiers coming into a new MOS, or being appointed into a leadership position to take on a new MOS, to take ACC courses in respective CMF's without having to manually search the 400+ ACC's available. The definition of Information Management is being used here.
Army Correspondence Courses(ACC) include refresher courses, leadership training, special skills training, and other technical jobs not fully listed as MOS's in the military.
The MOS, ACC, Warrior Tasks, and other training tools will quintessentially define the Staffs List notation of S-7: Training and Education. One step closer in bringing all the information together to implement it under one umbrella.
In military affairs and business today there is a severe lack of communication and documentation in an organized flow at the basic soldier/employee level. Project Abacus is redefining and enhancing that ability as the most advanced information management system ever created. With instant messaging and email organization, collaboration utilities, creating/filing/editing/publishing mission critical information, records organization, manual and regulations editing and bookmarking, course refreshment and occupational specialty training -- a list of a plethora of information at the lowest levels of the organization. This is all done within a process that can be used to scale everyday work procedures to years worth of operation tables and goals.
Gathering the Information
Due to the way that the military has handled it's contracts with the private sector, as well as their own information handling, this necessary evil that we call information management has become a living hell in and of itself. Common information needed for everyday/practical use has become almost unavailable to newly recruited soldiers and even seasoned veterans. Because of this Project Abacus will be gathering, sorting, and displaying this information in an easy-to-view, and more importantly, easily understandable method.
After spending the last month or so doing nothing but going from government website to government website, textbooks, technical/field manuals, and the dozen other information zones that the military uses to supply Standard Operating Procedures(SOP) in...I have found that a lot of information out there is really just hanging in the air, and the only way to get a straight answer is from some experience that a soldier having the exact same problem over the past decade was able to solve through a shuffle of paper and asking his superiors the same question.
This is NOT how this process should work, from the freshest soldier, all the way up to joint operations within the military there should be a set standard for information filing and searching.
Much like when you walk into a public library you expect to have the Dewey Decimal System already in place to easily find the book or reference in which you're seeking, the same should be set with military information. Unfortunately, the military doesn't have a system set in place like this that encompasses ALL of it's information handling.
While the military has a system in place like this, concerning that of "Staffs", it does not track all information this way as this is used mostly for operational purposes. After studying the largest areas of information and documentation though, I've found that these "Staffs" could actually be used as the general basis for ALL military information and that if anyone were to take the time to process and organize all this data that it would work quite well.
According to the definition located for this "Staffs" system, I've found the following:
Below is the breakdown of how the "Staffs" system is organized:
S-1: Personnel and Administration S-2: Intelligence and Security S-3: Operations S-4: Logistics S-5: Plans S-6: Signals and Communications S-7: Training S-8: Finance/Resource Management S-9: Civil Affairs
At a glance, this system serves fairly well in the ability to house everything an operational military group would need to handle the flow of information and mission critical events. Unfortunately, no one is updating or properly handling the information from the top all the way down with these channels. Which again, defines the whole purpose of the Abacus Project.
Some areas of the military have become so big that in Project Abacus' system that's being created it's separating the shops down further. Such as Medical(which is currently listed as Logistics), Maintenance(which is currently listed as Logistics), and Legal(which is a mix of Finance, Personnel and Administration, and Civil Affairs). Not to say that the current "Staffs" can't house this information, but for viewing and filing issues for the individual soldier and operations of the smallest unit it's being dubbed down.
After researching exactly why a method for this information consolidation has never been done, I quickly found out...It's a damn headache. I definitely have my work cut out for me on this project, but I'm assured that it's one worth following through with. The backing I've gotten from both my state officials(thanks Dad for the connections :D ) and my brigade have been more than enough to keep me on track.
1) MOS and ACC(Army Correspondence Courses) consolidation - From what I gather I'm actually the first individual to make these connections and organize them in a productive manner to compliment each other, this took about a week's time to do and after about 2,000 printed pages worth of information I was able to do it successfully in a .PDF document format.
2) Learning the Language - This is definitely my brick wall in this project, creating the display program that is fast enough and easy enough that all military hardware can run it will be a task for the ages. Especially just starting out learning programming.
3) Security - This is the most common question I've been asked when referring to this project...the security measures that would need to be put in place to allow such mass information to be in one place, in sometimes very highly secured areas, is something that will have to be implemented in every part of the design of Project Abacus.
4) Information Consolidation - Thankfully, I have a plethora of resources that most soldiers do not have. After holding several positions, within different sections of the military, I've been able to find the proper routes for finding and identifying pertinent information that will make this consolidation process much easier, not that it will be easy in the first place.
I'm going into this project as the sole individual trying to accomplishment this monumental task, wish me luck.