Readiness Improvement through Supply Chain Optimization

NCMS Project #: 142134

Problem: Maintenance and sustainment of products during their life cycle is frequently an afterthought for industries. Spare part unavailability degrades consumer satisfaction when repairs are necessary, causing slow deliveries, and longer periods of broken-down consumer goods.  This reduces end user convenience and satisfaction and drives up costs that are ultimately absorbed by the consumer.  These same challenges exist for the DOD. 

Benefit: Successful completion of tasks will show how improvements in planning and assessment of supply chain operations can help commercial and military organizational leadership improve spare parts availability and improve maintenance and sustainment operations across their fleets.

Solution/Approach: Using the U.S. Navy’s supply system as a surrogate, this initiative will demonstrate the applicability and viability of advanced technologiesThe initiative will provide continuous improvements to the Navy’s business processes, adopting private sector best practices, to optimize the supply system and achieve a greater operational availability.  It will provide insight on how to better manage capital-intensive investments and examine opportunities to link operations, maintenance, and supply planning to drive a comprehensive review of the sustainment needs.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Improve forecast accuracy  
  • Balance risk tradeoffs and resource allocation decisions 
  • Reduce operating costs 
  • Optimize inventory 
  • Increase material availability and affordability
  • Streamline supply chains (both organic and commercial) 

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Navy Supply Chain Management – Weapons Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) 

Industry Participation:

  • Guidehouse, LLP
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Improved readiness

Focus Area:

  • Business IT and analytics