Mission Item Essentiality: An Important Management Tool for Making More Informed Logistics Decisions.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC PROCUREMENT LOGISTICS AND READINESS DIV
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Mission item essentiality, the means by which the essentiality of individual items is linked to mission essentiality of the end-item, offers vast potential as a management tool for the services in making logistics decisions concerning requirements determination, resource allocation, and repair priorities. The Department of Defense has developed a concept guide for use by the services. However, the Department has allowed the services to proceed at their own pace and approach the matter from different viewpoints. As a result, progress has been slow. GAO believes that the Department should require the services to follow the concept guide and establish milestones for accomplishing the specific tasks set forth in the guide. The Air Force is ahead of the other services in developing a conceptually sound essentiality coding system but has run into problems in implementing the system. GAO believes that once the implementation problems have been resolved, the system will greatly benefit the Air Force in its logistics decision-making process. Author
- Administration and Management
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies