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

NCMS Project #: 141058

Problem: Commercial and governmental organizations in the U.S. maintain fleets of critical equipment that are experiencing the challenges of aging.  These include various forms of emergency response, disaster response, hazardous material vehicles, and support equipment.  Many municipalities struggle with how to maintain and sustain specialty equipment as it ages in a streamlined and cost effective manner.  Further, as this equipment ages, questions emerge on how to deal with issues such as parts obsolescence, dated supply chain strategies, IT systems modernization, industrial base viability, appropriate maintenance activities, safety and optimal business processes.  A thoughtful and integrated long-term sustainment plan would reduce down time and mitigate maintenance and sustainment shortfalls typically associated with aging equipment readiness.

Benefit: The approach to develop an implementable long-term sustainment strategy 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 government and commercial arenas.

Solution/Approach: Through this concept demonstration, the Navy Airborne Strategic Command, Control and Communications Program Office (PMA-271) and the industry team aim to develop a streamlined and effective methodology to develop a long-term sustainment strategy to extend the life of aging aircraft and critical systems.  The objective of this effort is to demonstrate a methodology that can quickly perform an Independent Logistics Assessment (ILA) on the critical systems, informing a technically feasible product support strategy, resulting in a Service Life Assessment Program (SLAP)/Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) that provides leaders with data-driven insight to enable decision making for the long-term sustainment of the critical systems.  

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Reduce costs
  • Improve warfighter readiness
  • Decrease risks and injuries
  • Mitigate maintenance and sustainment shortfalls

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Navy, PMA-271

Industry Participation:

  • Guidehouse LLP
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Positive environmental impact
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • Reliability improvement