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Organic Versus Contractor Logistics Support For Depot-Level Repair: Factors That Drive Sub-Optimal Decisions

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Technical Report

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Air War College Maxwell AFB United States

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In system-level acquisitions, decisions made in the initial stages of a program have significant consequences throughout the programs life. One critical decision is whether depot maintenance will supported organically by the government or rely on Contractor Logistics Support CLS. The consequences of this decision are legion and will determine options and costs over the life of the program. There are many factors involved in the decision whether to support a weapons system organically or through CLS. This paper reviews the policy, laws, and factors that the Program Manager PM must consider when selecting which entity will perform depot-level maintenance. The paper exposes how the factors of law requirements and acquisition culture drive sub-optimal decisions and need to be remedied. The paper demonstrates how these factors drove sub-optimal decisions in the KC-46 depot maintenance decision. Recommendations for each of these factors are included. Changes to the law are required to mitigate one issue while a change to an organizational climate is required to counter the other. Both efforts are not quick fixes to this complex problem and will require long-term dedication.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Administration and Management

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