Global Distribution Management System

This paper and case study details how enhanced situational awareness Global Distribution Management System gives the U.S. military a near real-time view of commercial logistics movements in deployed environments. By Tapestry Solutions

October 23, 2018

Global Distribution Management System (GDMS)

GDMS: Providing Vehicle In-Transit Visibility, Incident Analysis, and Emergency Management Solutions

The Global Distribution Management System, or GDMS, is a map-centric software application that tracks commercial trucking and private security firms in support of U.S. Army logistics operations in deployed environments.

GDMS has been operational for over a decade, supporting ground transportation movements throughout Iraq and Afghanistan.

The commercial software provides near real-time In-Transit Visibility (ITV) of transponder-equipped vehicles that transport equipment, fuel, medical supplies and other cargo for the U.S. military.

GDMS is used to track incidents, plan routes and provide feedback to the U.S. military on the carriers’ planned movements. It also provides emergency/panic alert warnings to contractor personnel as they pass hazards and checkpoints.

U.S. Army Case Study

Custom Global Distribution Management Tool Solves a Problem for the U.S. Army

Deployed coalition forces in Afghanistan rely heavily on commercial logistics support contractors to transport all classes of supplies, fuel, materials, and equipment needed to support the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission.

To track and manage those missions the U.S. Army utilizes a Tapestry Solutions custom developed software named Global Distribution Management System (GDMS).


  • In seven months and three releases, GDMS-MT was delivered to the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.
  • The solution tracks 7,000 - 10,000 missions per month.
  • Adopted throughout the country by subordinate units, saving the Army millions and improving efficiency.

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