Supply Chain Resilience: Assessing USAF Weapon System Life Cycle
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT
Pagination or Media Count:
The Air Force Global Logistics Support Center AFGLSC is responsible for the United States Air Forces supply chain. One of the AFGLSCs focus areas is to improve Air Force supply chain processes. Imbedded in this focus area is the requirement to define and deploy a supply chain risk management program. Supply chain resilience has been identified as a method of enhancing traditional risk management associated with commercial supply chains both in recent literature and research. This leads to the problem statement Does recent literature and research provide AFGLSC with a method to enhance current supply chain risk management with supply chain resilience A literature review identified a supply chain resilience framework and measurement tool that could be of potential benefit to Air Force supply chain managers. The Supply Chain Resilience Assessment and Management SCRAM trademark tool is used to measure current supply chain vulnerabilities and capabilities, provide recommendations for improvements, and provide information to better prepare supply chain leadership with managing products, processes, and relationships. Eleven Air Force weapon systems were identified and organized into two groups based on their current position phase within the weapon system life cycle. Phase I is identified as weapon systems from conception through production and Phase II is identified as weapon systems from post production through disposal. SCRAM was used to measure the vulnerabilities and capabilities of each USAF weapon system to determine if differences existed as they progressed through the weapon system life cycle. The results indicate that the supply chain resilience framework and measurement tool provide Air Force leadership with the information they need to improve the strategic management of their supply chain.
- Operations Research
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies