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Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Depot Maintenance Management

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The Depot Maintenance Management Task Force was convened as a follow- on to earlier Department of Defense reviews of depot maintenance undertaken in conjunction with recent force structure changes. The Terms of Reference TOR for the current study outlined nine specific Congressionally-mandated tasks and required the Task Force to submit appropriate recommendations for legislative and administrative actions. Each of the nine tasks is addressed in this report or the attached appendices. To gain the benefits of advice from both the government and industry, a large Task Force of very senior representatives of both sectors was assembled. Membership included defense industry corporate executives and senior operating officers as well as senior DoD logistics commanders and executives. In comprising the Task Force in this manner, the Defense Science Board benefited from a wide range of backgrounds and depth of experience. Four Task Force panels were formed to address unique depot maintenance commodity considerations. Depot maintenance is accomplished using a balance of public sector organic maintenance depots and private sector commercial firms. There are significant differences in how organic depots and private sector firms are structured. Original equipment manufacturers OEMs usually have large staffs for engineering, research and development, marketing and other functions. Organic depots are also heavily facilitized and are often large-scale, integrated industrial activities with the capability and capacity for multiple commodities. On the other end of the spectrum are private sector services companies that are specifically organized to have minimum overhead. Organic depots exist to support the readiness and sustainability requirements of United States combat forces

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