The Project Manager's Lieutenant for Logistics: A Study of the Chief Logistician's Key Roles in Reducing Operations & Support Costs During Developmental Programs
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Extremely high weapon system Operation Support OS costs have become one of the central issues within the Department of Defense. Historically, OS Costs represent 60 to 80 of the total life-cycle cost of weapon systems. Consequently, minor increases in OS Costs across many systems can have major impacts to the efficient execution of the defense budget, restrict the ability to maintain readiness, and deplete funding needed for modernization. The principal finding of this research is that the Chief Logistician of a developmental project office can radically reduce future OS Costs by fulfilling several key roles during a short time-flame in the system life-cycle. These key roles include a number of strategic imperatives, a half-dozen unique activities related to both the design of the weapon system and the logistics plans for supporting the system, and a full understanding of the techniques to overcome existing inhibitors. Finally, suggestions are presented for over-hauling the Chief Logisticians status in a typical project office to more effectively deal with these difficult challenges of system development.
- Administration and Management
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies