Aviation Maintenance Contract Management: A Survey of Defense and Commercial Practices
LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT INST MCLEAN VA
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The Logistics Management Institute was tasked to survey the commercial and Defense processes for contract maintenance management. The study focused on two primary areas. The first addresses expanded use of contract maintenance. We found aircraft contract maintenance has proven itself to be a reliable production source within DoD and capable of expanding to accommodate further outsourcing. However, DoD needs to issue guidance to support the increasing use of contracting contemplated in Defense acquisition policy. The second area of study addresses the use of commercial practices. Rescinded military specifications and standards are being replaced by a proliferation of alternative commercial practices. Contract management activities are working to adopt single commercial practices on a site-by-site basis but would benefit from DoD-wide designation of preferred commercial standards. DoDs use of commercial sources would benefit from improved cross-service coordination of market research efforts and sharing of lessons learned. Further changes to acquisition rules may be needed to accept external third party certifications and audits of commercial sources of repair.
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