Supporting Combined-Arms Combat Capability with Shared Electronic Maintenance Facilities
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This is the third in a series of RAND reports examining the influence of high technology on the support of prime U.S. Army weapon systems. Companion publications on the M1 Abrams tank and the AH-64 Apache helicopter highlighted the value of responsive logistics structures in coping with these expensive and difficult-to-maintain systems. The present study builds on those efforts and develops an integrated assessment of two high-technology weapon systems-the M1 and the M2M3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle-that must contend against each other for critical but limited test diagnostic resources. This contention creates interdependence between M1 and Bradley combat availabilities and, consequently, among M1 and Bradley support resource investments as well. The analysis here also holds lessons for other shared maintenance facilities such as the forthcoming Integrated Family of Test Equipment IFTE. This research topic was suggested to the Army by the Arroyo Center because the introduction of sophisticated electronic systems in Army armor and aviation weapon systems threatens to complicate logistics support in the same way it has complicated Air Force logistics support.
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies