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Current and Future Challenges to Resourcing U.S. Navy Public Shipyards

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Technical Report

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RAND Corporation Santa Monica United States

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Managing the U.S. Navys four public shipyards is a challenge. The shipyards must be ready and able to support the fleet anytime and anywhere in the world at a moments notice. For this reason, the public shipyards are required to maintain core capabilities in ship repair that the private sector does not maintain. In addition, they are subject to laws and regulations that dictate how and where work can be performed. Between fiscal years 2004 and 2014, the number of civilians employed at the Navys four public shipyards increased by 17 percent, while the direct man-days executed increased by just 7 percent. The significant increase in personnel without a comparable increase in workload has raised many questions, and possible explanations include changes in the amount and type of work, workforce composition, performance during execution, and organizational goals, such as desired responsiveness. To better understand the reasons for these trends, the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Assessment Division, asked the RAND National Defense Research Institute to identify influences on Navy shipyard manning requirements, examine the near- and middle-term challenges in planning and programming for these workforce resources,and provide recommendations for improving resource planning for the shipyards.

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  • Marine Engineering
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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