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

NCMS Project #: 142162

Problem: The challenge of extending the life and the mission of critical systems is far-reaching.  Many municipalities struggle with maintaining aging systems.  The Department of Defense (DOD) faces the same challenges.  One example that epitomizes the challenge is the Airborne Strategic Command, Control and Communications Program Office (PMA-271).  It is PMA-271’s mission to implement strategic initiatives which extend the capability of this critically important weapon system by developing, maintaining, and documenting detailed roadmaps which identify, track and produce the information necessary to extend the mission performance and life.  Operationally, the DOD must find the right balance between mission and training requirements for their low density/high demand aircraft.  Therefore, any sustainment strategy utilized for these small fleet sizes will need to be flexible and adaptable when considering the specialized missions, they execute.

Benefit: An implementable long-term strategy could inform other similarly aging commercial, municipal, and DOD systems, as well as create a blueprint for all maintenance and sustainment activities to extend their critical missions for aging assets. 

Solution/Approach: Phase IV of this effort will continue to focus on the strategic activities required to implement the initiatives identified in Phase II and III by refining the approach to provide a long-term sustainment strategy for legacy equipment.  This phase will continue developing and maintaining documentation to include a detailed roadmap to identify, track and produce the information necessary to extend the TACOM mission.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Increase mission and warfighter readiness 
  • Decrease maintenance and sustainment costs 
  • Enhance system safety and reduce injuries 

DOD Participation:

  • Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)  
  • PMA-271 
  • Fleet Readiness Center East 
  • U.S. Air Force 
  • Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) 

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

Focus Area:

  • Facilities and industrial process modernization