An Analysis of Unassigned Direct Material at Naval Shipyards
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Unassigned Direct Material UDM accounts at naval shipyards, which consist of surplus material from the overhaul process, continue to grow at a rapid pace 42 per year since 1985. Minimal return on material placed in these accounts coupled with a shrinking defense budget has forced the Navy to take a closer look at inventory methods at naval shipyards. The author, in an effort to propose potential solutions to the growing UDM account problem reviewed the current policies and procedures governing inventory controlinventory management at naval shipyards. Extensive interviews were conducted with personnel at NAVSEA, SPCC, and all eight naval shipyards with emphasis at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. The current policy outlined by NAVSEA needs to be better implemented. This coupled with a two-pronged effort aimed at creating a historical usage database to better identify material requirements and increasing the visibility of UDM should assist in reducing the amount of this surplus material.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies