Bob Gosciewski, RES ’04
I am working in the Directorate of Logistics (DOL) for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). As DOL’s Strategic Planner, I’m leading the initiative to integrate Artificial Intelligence (AI) in USACE’s COVID-19 fight. USACE is evaluating opportunities for investments in AI applications to make data-driven decisions about mission critical priorities. In the DOL and LOG Enterprise, we are leveraging the crisis to explore ways to integrate AI into logistics function areas, such as: supply, maintenance, distribution, and aviation. AI is currently moving from a concept group to development of a Pilot Effort. The National COVID-19 Crisis operations are not dependent on the AI tools. Rather the AI initiative team is monitoring our current response effort in order to identify the potential for development of an AI tool to help our human intelligence effort.
USACE Logistics has a support role to USACE efforts to respond to COVID-19. We are not in direct support to the particular projects to build Alternate Care Facilities, as these are executed via contracting vehicles. There are several projects like the ones in the New York District in key locations around the country. USACE is not working the supply chain to stock the care facilities. We think in terms of the Three “S”: Site, Supply, and Staff. USACE is concerned with “Sites.” That is the project to build the facilities needed by the states, as identified by the state authorities. The Second “S,” Supply, is the concern of others at the national, state, and local levels. Surely, there are many USAWC graduates who are working the “Supply” and the “Staff” areas. We, and thousands of our Engineer teammates, are planning for the future response as this crisis unfolds. The adventure continues, and we are doing our best to sustain the effort.
Mr. Robert L. ‘Bob’ Gosciewski, CPL
Resident Class of 2004
USACE Logistics Enterprise