Marine Corps Maintenance & Sustainment Life Cycle Cost Management

NCMS Project #: 140483

Problem: The Marine Corps will be required to do more with diminishing resources, reduced personnel, changes in organizational structure with significant manning and equipping changes.  There will be increased dependence on maintenance and cost efficiencies to extend the service life of the limited equipment in the inventory.

Critical to success is accurate data and an effective means to determine Total Ownership Cost (TOC) of weapon systems and ground equipment.  Multiple commands and supporting information technology systems involved in the acquisition, fielding, sustainment, and disposition of material, coupled with inaccurate or missing data has precluded accurate TOC determination and analysis.

The primary objective is to develop a validated maintenance and sustainment life cycle cost model for USMC weapon systems.  Achievement of this objective requires data gathering and analysis of the two key components:  the Operating Forces (OPFOR) and the Supporting Establishment (SE).  These analyses must feed the Capabilities Based Assessment (CBA) in support of the Marine Corps Force Development System (MCFDS) as input into the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) system.

The Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics (DC I&L) is tasked to coordinate and improve the logistics chain continuum from requirements determination; to acquisition, manufacturing, and fielding; to sustainment within the operating forces and maintenance in the depots, and ultimately through disposal.  The Marine Corps in conjunction with the Navy must eliminate redundancies and reduce equipment developmental and maintenance costs while maintaining the high levels of readiness expected for our nation’s “Force-in-Readiness.”

Benefit: The efforts by this project will identify the enterprise requirements, acquisition, and sustainment initiatives that directly support and complement the OSD-mandated supply chain and total ownership costs efficiencies.  The DoD benefits from this effort to facilitate prudent investment decisions, cost documentation and efficiencies, and improves force readiness and ground equipment performance; in line with DoD and Department of Navy imperatives.  This effort helps reduce the Service level risk associated with the mix of forces, equipment, and support attainable within fiscal constraints.

Solution/Approach: In the performance of this effort, the project participant shall provide technical analysis and subject matter expertise to the DC I&L within the following areas:

  • Sustainment Planning and Equipment Accountability
  • Analyses and Cost Framework for Ground Combat Systems Analyses
  • Implementation Support.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Process improvements
  • Cost savings
  • Improved support.

DOD Participation:

  • Marine Corps Requirements Oversight Council (MROC)
  • Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics (DC I&L)
  • Marine Corps Combat Development Council (MCCDC)
  • Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC)
  • Marine Corps Logistics Command (MCLC)
  • Marine Forces Commands (MARFORs)

Industry Participation:

  • The Columbia Group
  • NCMS

Final Report