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Preliminary Industrial Assessment: An Approach for Developing an Efficient Depot Sustainment Solution

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Naval Air Systems Command Patuxent River United States

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Passionate discussions on federal spending and the national debt, along with political and outside pressures at the national level, will drive calls for further budget reductions. DoD will be required to take its share of these cuts. To that end, the Office of the Secretary of Defense OSD is under an edict for a 400 billion cut in security spending by FY 2023. Immediate spending corrections are required in light of these budget reductions and the potential for greater cuts in the future.A significant allocation of the annual DoD budget is for the operations and support O and S costs of weapon systems, accounting for 60 percent to 70 percent of total ownership cost TOC. Depot maintenance costs are a considerable portion of O and S costs. Therefore, there will be more pressure to establish the most efficient and effective depot maintenance solutions in order to reduce costs while maintaining warfighter readiness. This will require logical, risk-balanced, and defensible planning as early as possible in the acquisition lifecycle. The Defense Acquisition Workforce is at a critical stage, as we change to processes and policies to achieve savings. The linkages between depot maintenance planning and the overall acquisition process have room for improvement they must improve and become more efficient. To address these needs and challenges, NAVAIR has developed an initiative, along with associated depot maintenance planning tools for program managers.

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