An Assessment of the IMEF Depot-Level Corrosion Prevention and Control Program and the Viability of Making it More Efficient and/or Outsourcing the Requirements through Private Sector Initiatives
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND PUBLICPOLICY
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In an era of both downsizing of Defense Eudgets combined with high operational tempo, the military is faced with doing more with less as a way of life. Add to this the overall rise in the average age of the ground tactical and ground support equipment, and both preventative and corrective maintenance takes on added importance. Corrosion Prevention and Control is a necessity in extending the life of our equipment, this is especially true for the Marine Corps, which operates in harsh environments that quickly degrade its gear. While mandated programs at each echelon of maintenance are technically proficient, the Depot-level program, to include transportation, in use by IMEF appears to be inefficient. The objective of this thesis research was to analyze the present program used to meet the Depot-level requirements for the West coast and see if gives the Corps the Best Value available. Best Value in this case considers both the effect on equipment readiness and overall cost. The present program to protect the assets is efficient and mostly cost effective, yet the transportation procedures are inefficient and not cost effective. This unnecessarily degrades readiness for the war fighter. It is proposed that implementing both the use of organic transportation assets and utilizing outsourcing will greatly improve Readiness levels to IMEF and lower overall program costs.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Command, Control and Communications Systems