issues negatively impacting mission capable rates and resulted in multi-billion dollar LCC avoidance. Results of recent studies conducted by the National Academy of Sciences and the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board on the future of Air Force sustainment and how S&T is responding to the recommendations will be presented.
Speaker: Steve Brown, C.P.L., Defense Acquisition University
Presentation Title: Institutionalizing Low Sustainment Aircraft
During his presentation titled “Institutionalizing Low Sustainment Aircraft,” Professor Steve Brown discussed five issues critical to successfully reducing sustainment of military air vehicles with the Air Force Studies Board at the National Academy of Sciences on December 4, 2012.
1. Sustainment cost requirements, data analysis, and reviews during the system life cycle;
2. RAM (reliability, availability, and maintainability) performance requirements and funding;
3. Emerging life-cycle program management best practices, including program support manager key leadership position and benchmarking of services, industry, and allied initiatives;
4. Contracting approaches to grow implementation of performance based logistics strategies; and
5. Enhanced Department of Defense (DoD) life-cycle workforce training, including new Defense Acquisition University courses focusing on business acumen and senior seminar for product support managers.
After highlighting current law and DoD policy related to each topic, examples of how lower aircraft sustainment costs have been achieved were summarized and considerations to institutionalize low-sustainment aircraft throughout the military service were proposed to workshop participants.
Speaker: James Yankel, Technical Director, Directorate of Logistics, Air Force Materiel Command
Presentation Title: Aging Aircraft Maintenance
The U.S. Air Force is going through a period of reduced recapitalization and increasing sustainment requirements as current fleets have lives extended 10 to 30 years into the future to maintain the current force structure. The efforts required to sustain these fleets is increasing both in material solution efforts, as failure modes beyond those identified in design begin to become more prevalent, and the resultant costs. Initiatives underway at Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) are aggressively looking at sustainment of aging aircraft execution and issues. A discussion will be presented addressing the AFMC initiatives addressing organizational