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A Review of Selected International Aircraft Spares Pooling Programs: Lessons Learned for F-35 Spares Pooling

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Technical Report

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RAND Corporation Project Air Force Santa Monica United States

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The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter JSF is a fifth-generation stealth fighter whose system development was shared by nine countries the United States for which the F-35 is being jointly procured by the U.S. Air Force USAF, U.S. Navy USN, and U.S. Marine Corps USMC, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. In 2012, these countries agreed that F-35 sustainment assets spare propulsion systems, supportequipment, and all air system spares would be managed as a single global pool, which would be centrally managed by the F-35 production support manager. Since then, participating countries and the Joint Program Office JPO have developed a series of decision memoranda and draft business rules to govern such matters as the allocation of scarce parts, what happens when a partner cannot fully fund its share of program costs, and how the program will manage divergence from a common configuration baseline. In the formal agreement establishing this pool, language was also included to allow participants to opt out of the global pool, should anation desire to establish and be willing to pay for a separate stock of assets.

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