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Assessing Community Criticality Weights to Marine Corps Readiness Reportable Equipment.

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Master's thesis,

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The Marine Corps purpose of reporting equipment readiness ratings is to reflect both the portion of equipment possessed by an organization and the ability to perform its wartime mission. Supply ratings generated by the current methodology do an adequate job of reflecting the portion of equipment available for use, but the readiness ratings fall short of representing the units true war-fighting ability. The current method used to compute readiness ratings reflects the percentage, or fraction, of readiness reportable items rated that are on-hand and in an operational condition. Under this method, any reportable item that is declared as being in a deadlined maintenance condition will impact the readiness rating with an equal weight, regardless of the critical nature of the item. This thesis proposes a better way of computing the readiness rating in order to ensure it represents the true war-fighting capability of the unit instead of a mere percentage of available equipment. The study involves assigning community criticality weights to Marine Corps reportable equipment that will reflect the critical nature of an item in terms of the war-fighting mission assigned to the organization that possesses it. When a piece of equipment becomes deadlined, the community criticality weight will be considered when generating readiness ratings. A broken item will, therefore, influence the readiness rating by a magnitude that is commensurate with the items community criticality weight. The readiness rating will now bear a closer approximation to the war-fighting ability of the unit than the rating generated under the current method and it will ensure that the priority of the maintenance effort is focused on those items that will provide the maximum benefit to mission accomplishment.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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