Concurrent Spare Parts: The Cornerstone of Supply Support
DEFENSE INST OF SECURITY ASSISTANCE MANAGEMENT WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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From the point of view of the logistician, one of the most important lines on any system sales case is that which provides the concurrent spare parts CSP. CSP, providing a small supply system of required parts, is a significant step in the life cycle support of any weapons system. Responsibility for determining the range and depth of spares falls to the system support inventory control points, i.e., the Army Material Readiness Commands MRC, the Navy Inventory Control Points ICP and the Air Force Air Logistics Centers ALC. When a system is procured for U.S. military use, it is necessary to provision the weapon system, that is, to decide which spare parts will be required to maintain the system. This article discusses the issues that must be considered in selecting the optimum equipment support in a security assistance environment. The arrival of CSP is not simply having more material to deal with. The possibility of thousands of line items of spares does mean this, of course, but it also should signify the beginning of a fully operational supply support system. Logistics planners from the U.S. as well as from the purchasing country should pay attention to this significant milestone as essential in a lifetime of good logistical support.
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