Digitizing Systems Sustainment

NCMS Project #: 142037

Problem: Evaluation and adoption of leading-edge technologies to support organizational business functions is a challenge that must be confronted by the commercial industries, or they will face obsolescence, and ultimately, failure in the marketplace.  The Department of Defense (DOD) faces a similar scenario with its adversaries across the globe.  There is a pressing need for DOD to better fulfill its national security mission at much lower levels of sustainment expenditures, and there is an opportunity to enhance the commercial sector’s sustainment capabilities through a more robust fusion of disparate technologies, systems, and methods. 

Benefit: This initiative, by virtue of the size and complexity of the challenges involved, will provide the first test bed and real-world environment to capture the necessary complexities to fully vet this concept in sustainment portfolio management.  Leveraging this work for the commercial industry will speed technology enhancements and allow private industry to more fully participate and integrate this technology.  

Solution/Approach: The ability to pilot, test and ultimately employ the use of digitized COTS tools and commercially proven techniques can forge the way ahead in terms of operational and maintenance efficacy gains at lower costs.  The objective of this effort is a multifaceted set of tasks to analyze and identify the authoritative data that drives sustainment requirements for a DOD program and to align and map that data with industry COTS technologies and processes to demonstrate an enterprise portfolio management prototype pilot.  The NAVAIR VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program will be used as a surrogate to develop a Digital Thread of sustainment activities.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Improve forecasting and speed decision-making
  • Redirect sustainment resources
  • Reduce maintenance and sustainment costs
  • Increase warfighter readiness and lethality

DOD Participation:

  • NAVAIR Sustainment Group
  • Commander Fleet Readiness Centers (COMFRC)
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Sustainment
  • Program Executive Office (PEO)
  • Program Manager Aviation (PMA)
  • Product Support Manager (PSM)

Industry Participation:

  • Naval Systems, Inc. (NSI)
  • Naval Logistics Solutions, LLC
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Obsolescence management and continued maintenance capability
  • Improved readiness
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • Reliability improvement