Air Force personnel responsible for sustainment recognize the need to address sustainment in the life cycle of any weapon system prior to Milestone A to ensure that sustainable design attributes and support concepts are appropriately considered.1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Special and early emphasis must be placed on the critical nature of sustainment and on the importance of making decisions regarding the terms and conditions for data rights and the details of the manufacturing processes. Contractual arrangements between the Air Force and contractors regarding the support concept to be used also occur early in the life cycle. Sustainment professionals need to be involved early to influence the weapon system design and support concepts for sustainability.
Early involvement of sustainment personnel, both at the unit and depot level, is important because modern weapon systems can require long-term planning to provide the special skills training, transition original equipment manufacturer (OEM) repair capability, acquire security clearances for depot personnel, and establish a quality maintenance work force as well as to give feedback to the contractor about what works and does not work in a weapon system. In addition, early planning for sustainment will help the Air Force to efficiently meet the legislated guidelines for depot workload split that require long-term planning and budgeting for new
1 Debra K. Tune, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics. “Developing the Right Product Support Concepts for the Future.” Presentation to the committee, October 20, 2010.
2 Findings and recommendations related to incorporating requirements into policy and implementing policy into effective practice are presented in Chapter 2.
3 Blaise J. Durante, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition Integration, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, “Budgeting Considerations Related to Sustainment.” Presentation to the committee, October 21, 2010.
4 Major General Kathleen D. Close, Director, Logistics and Sustainment, Air Force Materiel Command. “Weapons System Sustainment.” Presentation to the committee, December 8, 2010.
5 General Donald J. Hoffman, Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Personal remarks to the committee, December 9, 2010.
6 Warner-Robins Air Logistics Center (WR-ALC) leadership and program managers. Personal conversations with the committee, WR-ALC site visit, January 5-6, 2011.
7 Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center (OC-ALC) leadership and program managers. Personal conversations with the committee, OC-ALC site visit, January 11-12, 2011.