Army Depot Maintenance: More Effective Use of Organic and Contractor Resources
LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT INST BETHESDA MD
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Depot maintenance support is a critical element of peacetime material readiness and combat sustainability. The Army uses its organic depot maintenance system as a controlled source of technical capability in support of both peacetime operations and mobilization surge. During the mid-1980s, the Army lost some of its organic maintenance workload and staffing and at the same time increased its reliance on commercial sources for repair. While the Army has recently stemmed the decline in organic workload, it continued to underutilize organic repair facilities. Furthermore, as technology advances, forces are reduced, and operating tempo changes, depot maintenance requirements will decline. The Army must improve its management of the depot maintenance process to maintain a visible organic capability. This report recommends that the Army improve its methods for computing mobilization requirements, sizing organic capacity, assigning responsibilities for source-fo-repair decisions, and monitoring the transition from interim contractor support to organic support. Additionally, recommendations for developing more flexible contracting methods are discussed. With these improvements in place, the Army can reduce costs while maintaining or improving readiness and sustainability.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies