Improving DoD's Weapon System Support Program: A Critical Readiness Driver Approach
RAND Corporation Santa Monica United States
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Providing for the readiness and sustainability of the armed services weapon systems is one of the key responsibilities of the Department of Defenses supply chain. A critical component of that supply chain is the vast array of consumable repair parts needed for weapon system maintenance at the field and depot levels. The Defense Logistics AgencyDLA has responsibility for managing those consumable repair partsmeaning parts that are used one time and do not undergo repair. In1981 the Weapon System Support Program WSSP was established to help DLA and its customers prioritize among this vast array of items. However, WSSP performance has fallen short of its goals, and this shortfall has persisted over decades. A primary reason for the shortfall is the failure to use tools and methodologies for accurately determining true critical weapon system readiness drivers RDs and differentiating these items from the rest of the population. In order to help address and correct the shortfalls of the WSSP, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Supply Chain Integration, under the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness, asked RAND to analyze the problems limiting WSSP effectiveness and offer recommendations for improving the programs ability to provide weapon system readiness support. This report documents the results of that study.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies