F/A-18 E/F Rhino Recovery Plan Integrated Business Planning (IBP) Initiative – Phase II

NCMS Project #: 141048

Problem: In today’s environment of complex commercial and government supply chains, improved coordination of demand and supply signals, efficient organizational collaboration, and the institution of best practices are key to maintaining equipment at optimal operational levels.  The Rhino Readiness Recovery (RRR) efforts address spare part availability and increase efficiencies of depot-level maintenance in order to support deployment preparations and training activities leading to increased F/A-18 readiness.

Benefit: By implementing a system that can streamline, anticipate, coordinate, and facilitate equipment maintenance, an organization will have confidence in its assets and will be able to use them reliably for longer periods of time.

Solution/Approach: The findings from Phase I will inform the next steps in the readiness recovery efforts.  Phase II is a logical follow-on, that provides insight on how to better manage capital-intensive investments and examines opportunities to link Operations, Maintenance, and Supply Planning to drive a comprehensive review of the sustainment needs aircraft fleets, using the F/A-18 fleet as a surrogate.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Reduce sustainment costs
  • Improved forecast accuracy for leadership
  • Eliminate waste
  • Improve warfighter readiness

DOD Participation:


Industry Participation:

  • Guidehouse, LLP
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Positive environmental impact
  • Safety
  • Maintenance management improvement
  • Improved readiness
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • Business processes/partnerships