continues to be an NM driver as well. ACC sees a potential for research into corrosion prevention, detection, treatment, and LO restoration to reduce sustainment costs. In addition, the ability to troubleshoot wiring and intermittent line replaceable unit faults with a test unit common across multiple airframes with more accuracy could greatly reduce sustainment costs. Finally, ACC would like to leverage state-of-the-art information technology tools, such as electronic tablets with mobile apps, to allow maintainers to reference tech data, conduct remote troubleshooting, order parts, close out work orders, etc., from the aircraft.

Speaker: BG Edward Dorman III, Director for Logistics Operations, Readiness, Force Integration and Strategy, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4

Presentation Title: Informed Sustainment

The Army is developing “Lean” approaches to power and sustain its operations in the face of global, dynamic threats, while streamlining the force to meet resource constraints. Two examples, energy-informed operations and condition-based maintenance, tie investments and priorities to operational significance and risk. Energy enables all operational capabilities, but delivery incurs casualties and cost—about $2 billion per year in Southwest Asia. The Secretary of the Army has endorsed a new initiative to establish an “energy-informed” culture, which admonishes the total Army to behave in ways that maximize the net operational benefit from energy. This requires a combination of information, education, technologies, and processes to inform decisions and enable behaviors. Condition-based maintenance invokes a similar mission-informed decision process to focus reset efforts in order to manage risk and maintain a ready posture in the wake a decade of high operational tempo. Each of these initiatives illustrates a maturing Army capability to focus resources and priorities based upon mission demands.

Speaker: Joe Guenther, Vice President and General Manager, Evandale Turbofan and Turbojet Engines, General Electric Aviation

Presentation Title: GE Initiatives to Reduce Sustainment Costs

In 2011, the global fleet of military and commercial aircraft was powered by more than 50,000 engines provided by GE and its partners. GE Aviation is under a variety of service contracts to provide sustainment for, more than 11,000 of those commercial and military engines. Factors driving GE Aviation sustainment costs and how those factors change over time will be discussed. Examples of successful management of commercial and military engine sustainment costs will be examined, and emerging technologies that have demonstrated reduced sustainment costs will be presented. In closing, recommendations to take advantage of emerging capabilities will be provided.

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