Methodology to Develop a Long-Term Sustainment Strategy for Aging Systems – Phase II

NCMS Project #: 142012

Problem: Commercial and governmental organizations around the United States maintain fleets of critical equipment that are experiencing the challenges of aging.  As any type of equipment ages, components and mechanisms degrade and can ultimately fail.  A thoughtful and integrated long-term sustainment plan would reduce downtime and mitigate maintenance and sustainment shortfalls typically associated with aging equipment readiness.  Operationally, the DOD must find the right balance between mission and training requirements for their low density/high demand aircraft.  Any sustainment strategy utilized for these small fleet sizes will need to be flexible and adaptable when considering the specialized missions that they execute.

Benefit: By demonstrating a robust strategy that can streamline, anticipate, coordinate, and facilitate equipment maintenance, an organization will have confidence in its aging assets and will be able to use them reliably for longer periods of time.  The approach to develop a viable long-term sustainment roadmap could inform other similarly aging systems, as well as create a blueprint for all maintenance and sustainment activities for our nations’ critical, aging assets in both the commercial and government realms.

Solution/Approach: Phase I focused on conducting a preliminary assessment of the activities and costs required to identify the E-6B long-term sustainment and support strategy to extend the weapon system’s useful service life through 2060.  Phase II will refine the analysis and methodology, specifically by adding information contained in the Boeing Service Life Assessment Program (SLAP) analysis, which is essential to maintaining the ability of the aircraft to continue performing its mission out to 2060.  Demonstrating the methodology for the E-6B will validate the technology and processes for other organizations to use across a wide range of vehicle and aircraft fleets.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Mitigate maintenance and sustainment shortfalls
  • Reduce risks and increase safety
  • Decrease lifecycle and maintenance costs
  • Improve warfighter readiness
  • Provide a blueprint or roadmap strategy for long-term execution

DOD Participation:

  • Navy Airborne Strategic Command, Control and Communications Program Office (PMA-271)

Industry Participation:

  • Guidehouse, LLP
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

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

Focus Area:

  • Repair development