Speaker: Joann Berrett, Director, Aerospace Sustainment Directorate, Air Force Sustainment Center
Presentation Title: Driving to Cost-Effective Readiness
The Air Force Sustainment Center (AFSC) recognizes the challenges the U.S. Air Force continues to face to include aging aircraft fleets, the need to modernize weapon systems, rising weapon systems support costs, and fiscal constraints. We must reduce the cost of executing our mission. The cost of readiness will determine the size of our force, and the size of our force will determine our ability to fight and win the next war. AFSC is addressing the cost of executing its mission by focusing on cost-effective readiness through integrating efforts of organizations involved in sustainment activities. Recent success stories shared include reduction of flow days (or work-in-progress) for the KC-135 Stratotanker (the Air Force’s primary in-flight refueling asset). This reduction in flow days resulted in the Oklahoma Air Logistics Center earning the 2011 Robert T. Mason Depot Excellence Award (first-ever Air Force winner). Another success story spotlighted a reduction in the number of C-130 Hercules “mission incapable” aircraft and improved due-date performance, another Robert T. Mason Depot Excellence Award Winner, but this time in 2012 (second Air Force winner in 2 years). Other success stories included improvements to the periodic depot maintenance for aircraft landing gear, concurrent E-3 Block 40/45 Modification installation (upgrade of electronics system on Airborne Warning and Control Systems), and propulsion alternate sourcing of parts. These efforts to date have provided seven additional KC-135s and 17 C-130s back to the field; reduced landing gear (Mission Incapable) MICAP hours by 91 percent; saved 8 months of depot possessed time for E-3s; and a cost avoidance of $65.4 million on propulsion parts.
Speaker: Mike Jennings, Deputy Director of Logistics (Acting), Air Force Life Cycle Management Center
Presentation Title: Product Support Responsibilities and Cost Reduction Initiatives
As the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) has evolved from planning efforts to standup, several initiatives have been pursued to ensure an emphasis on product support and the enterprise-wide role that now exists with the AFLCMC commander. As operations and support costs, including weapon system support costs, have continued to outpace inflation growth (FY1996-FY2011), AFLCMC now has an opportunity to execute an integrated, enterprise-wide product support strategy. Recommendations from the Life Cycle Management Working Group (LCM WG) and AFLCMC objective efforts can ensure enterprise visibility for the AFLCMC commander to exercise an influential role in product support activities across AFLCMC, as well as integrating product support management with the product support integrators and product support providers. AFLCMC has begun institutionalizing development of product support human capital, developmental planning, and logistics/health assessment