Improving Logistics, Maintenance, and Sustainment Planning of Wheeled Vehicles and Watercraft – Phase II

NCMS Project #: 142017

Problem: Archiving documents for future reference has always been difficult for large commercial organizations with numerous complex systems.  The ability to properly archive information is crucial for all organizations, particularly those organizations with rotating personnel.  The U.S. government is no exception and possessing the ability to properly archive information aids in managing data efficiently, retaining oversight, and ensuring the fulfillment of compliance requirements.

Benefit: The project establishes a common set of processes, tools, and standard operating procedures that, while initially applicable to DOD Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) guidelines, can be tailored and scaled to apply to practices of private industry, thereby realizing similar cost reductions, shorter maintenance lead times and increased quality of goods.

Solution/Approach: Phase I identified all required documents, cataloged and recognized analogous documents between DOD and private industry, and developed templates and tools for the creation of each document, including tailoring and scaling criteria.  Phase II will expand upon the foundations created in the initial phase by applying the concept to additional platforms to investigate and demonstrate the flexibility in tailoring and scaling, as well as the applicability of the templates and tools created in Phase I to other vehicle systems.  Phase II will also expand the logistics and maintenance improvements created in Phase I to include obsolescence and diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortages.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Provide better insight to decision-makers
  • Simplify development and approval processes with structured processes, tools and templates
  • Enhance lifecycle productivity
  • Lower maintenance footprint
  • Mitigate risks in gaps and obsolescence
  • Decrease total lifecycle costs
  • Increase warfighter readiness

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army Program Executive Office (PEO) Ground Combat Systems (GCS)
  • PEO GCS Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Intensive Management Offices (IMOs)
  • U.S. Army Tank and Automotive Command (TACOM) Security Assistance Management Directorate (SAMD)

Industry Participation:

  • Ricardo Defense, Incorporated
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Obsolescence management and continued maintenance capability
  • Maintenance management improvement
  • Improved readiness

Focus Area:

  • Other