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Accession Number ADA591168
Title Enabling Early Sustainment Decisions: Application to F-35 Depot-Level Maintenance.
Publication Date 2013
Media Count 48p
Personal Author J. G. Drew P. Buryk R. G. McGarvey
Abstract This report develops an economic-based framework that can be used to make weapon system sustainment sourcing decisions as part of a sustainment enterprise posture planning process. We demonstrate the use of this framework by applying it to a new weapon system, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, to identify depot maintenance strategies at the aircraft subsystem/technology level. To ensure that the affordability of the F-35 program is not threatened by continuing O&S cost growth, the Air Force is examining alternative strategies to reduce those costs. The Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, through the F-35 Joint Program Office, have determined that all depot-level repairs on the F-35 will have a core component. Having a core component means that the government will maintain the capability to perform some -- but not necessarily all -- repair work at a U.S. government facility. Core decisions are made to protect the services so that, in an event of a natural disaster, war contingency, or disruption in commercial-sector operations, the government will retain the capability to perform certain tasks. Air Force Materiel Command's Depot Operations Division has suggested that approximately 60% of the total depot maintenance workload for the F-35 falls into the core category. Thus, although the U.S. government will retain the capability to perform the range of depot-level repairs, 40% of the workload -- known as 'above core' -- can be considered for sourcing to an organic Air Force facility, another military service's facility, a foreign partner, or the private sector. DoD guidance states that above-core depot workloads should be assigned on the basis of a best-value determination. But this guidance does not specify how to determine 'best value.' To help fill this gap, this report presents an approach to determining best value when assigning above-core depot workloads.
Keywords Above-core depot workload assignment
Air force facilities
Air force procurement
Air force sustainment
Aircraft maintenance
Aircraft subsystem level
Contracted services
Cost reduction
Decision making
Depot maintenance strategies
Depot-level maintenance
Depot-level repair
F-35 aircraft
Fighter aircraft
Foreign partner facilities
Joint strike fighter
Life cycle costs
Military facilities
O&s(Operating and support)
Private sector facilities
Sustainment planning
Sustainment sourcing decisions

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 51C - Aircraft
96 - Business & Economics
74E - Logistics, Military Facilities, & Supplies
Corporate Author Armed Forces Inst. of Pathology, Washington, DC. Div. of Biophysical Toxicology.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1411
Contract Number FA7014-06-C-0001

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