Improving Wartime Spares Support to AMC: An Analysis of KC-135 Readiness Spares Packages During Operation Allied Force with a Look to the Future and Support of the Aerospace Expeditionary Force
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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This project investigated policy for readiness spares packages RSPs and the level of customer service existing aircraft spares provided to the air refueling fleet during Operation ALLIED FORCE. Then, assuming ALLIED FORCE as representative of future Aerospace Expeditionary Force AEF deployments, the project investigated how current wartime spares policies and computations could support future tanker operations. Part IIs discussion builds an understanding of the functions and costs of inventory. Then, this knowledge is applied to the Air Forces reparable item inventory system. Customer service and costs were the projects measures of interest, as they represented the significant trade-off when decisions regarding RSP authorizations are made, For ALLIED FORCE, historical data show that operations were remarkably successfully in spite of low fill rates for wartime spares. Depot response improved to offset the poor initial inventory position. Further analysis, using the Aircraft Sustainability Model, showed the effect an ALLIED FORCE scenario can have on future operations. Specifically, what-if analysis demonstrated that operations would not meet the desired aircraft availability metric under current policies. In these cases, the project demonstrated depot responses capability to offset inadequate inventory policies. Recommend further research using more specific ALLIED FORCE data to apply to future AEF deployments.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies