How Full Is the Toolbox? A Look at Product Support Analysis Tools
DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIV FT BELVOIR VA
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We have long known the value of using tools to make our jobs easier, and our guidance and policy actually advocate the use of applicable tools. But when asked to do a task, does the logistician actually have the tools in the toolbox to help in accomplishing the task Clearly the Government Accountability Office GAO didn t think so, based upon GAO Report-09-41, Defense Logistics Improved Analysis and Cost Data Needed to Evaluate the Cost-Effectiveness of Performance Based Logistics PBL, which stated . . . although DoD s guidance recommends that business case analyses be used to guide decision making regarding the implementation of PBL to provide weapon system support, the services are not consistent in their use of such analyses. The report went on to say additionally, most of the services have not established effective internal controls to ensure that the analyses are prepared or that they provide a consistent and comprehensive assessment of weapons system support options. The results published by the GAO were further substantiated when the DoD Weapon System Acquisition Reform Product Support Assessment Team PSAT, a 65-member cadre of DoD and industry members, hypothesized, If the DoD clarifies and codifies the larger group of analytical tools by which product support Business Case Analyses BCAs are conducted, it will improve the effectiveness of the BCA as a decision-making tool.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies