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

NCMS Project #: 142137

Problem: The challenge of extending the life and the mission of critical systems is far-reaching.  Many municipalities struggle with maintaining aging systems.  The DOD faces the same challenges.  One example that epitomizes the challenge is the Airborne Strategic Command, Control and Communications Program Office (PMA-271).  PMA-271 is responsible for ensuring the TACAMO mission is maintained, providing combatant commanders with capabilities that enable mission success.   

Benefit: By implementing 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. I n addition, equipment that can be relied upon for longer means less waste of resources in new equipment, less salvage at the landfills and dumps, and fewer unplanned costly repairs.  The funds saved from fewer repairs could be used in other aspects of business research and development.

Solution/Approach: Phase III will focus on the strategic activities required to implement the initiatives identified in Phase II by refining the approach to provide a long-term sustainment strategy for legacy equipment.  Executing this approach will serve as a blueprint for municipalities and commercial owners of transportation systems and heavy equipment in their quest to identify a cost-effective sustainment approach.  Through this concept demonstration, the PMA-271 and the industry team aim to identify an executable strategy to maintain and extend the TACAMO mission to meet the long-term National Defense Strategic needs.

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) 
  • Office of the Secretary of Defense for Materiel Readiness 

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

Focus Area:

  • Business IT and analytics