The 2018 National Defense Strategy identified rebuilding military readiness as we craft a more lethal Joint Force as one of three distinct lines of effort for implementation. Tackling such a daunting challenge will require a multipronged approach to address a range of maintenance and sustainment hurdles, including aging infrastructure, legacy systems and technology, and efficiency obstacles. Our Warfighters cannot guarantee mission success with weapon systems that are grounded, waiting for repair parts, backlogged due to dated maintenance facilities, or supported by key maintenance personnel who need training.
With the military Services facing this seemingly insurmountable task—achieving improved product support maintenance, and sustainment readiness without increased resources—what’s the answer?
One solution among many to meet this challenge is to collaborate with the commercial sector defense industrial base and leverage both new and existing maintenance and sustainment-enabling technologies.