Project Announcement: Technical Studies, Analyses for Intermittent Fault Detection Isolation System (IFDIS) Implementation Across DoD

A potentially faulty electronic system in the field can compromise reliability and safety for the public. Electronic maintenance poses an ever-increasing challenge for the artisan today because of the limitations of current No Found Fault (NFF) equipment and training to the public.  The reduced size of electronic chips, coupled with increases in their interactions and complexities of equipment, have led to difficulties in diagnosing system faults when these faults occur at the component level and are intermittent in nature.  Often this very expensive equipment is replaced and not repaired, thus increasing transportation costs for the general public.  Electrical wiring faults cover a wide variety of weapon systems across all the services, and hence are an entirely appropriate issue to be addressed by this study and to implement best practices across the DoD. This study will also provide cost estimates to execute the implementation strategy and the potential benefits to the Military Services.

The purpose of this study is to build upon the experiences of Fleet Readiness Center South West and Hill Air Force Base in utilizing the IFDIS to assess the best strategy to implement this game-changing electronics maintenance capability across the DoD and at all levels of maintenance.

This project will provide recommendations for closing the gaps, adopting IFDIS, and enabling capability. Guidance in the form of strategy documents, policy, doctrine, and standards to enable the integrated, coordinated implementation of IFDIS capabilities across the DoD will be developed. A benefit analysis through integrated review of process models, business use cases, capabilities, and scenarios will provide both the general public and DoD deployment options necessary to support their organizations.

Those interested in participating in this initiative should contact Dana Ellis, danae@ncms.org or (360) 782-1370 by July 31, 2017. We encourage participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).