A Common Operating Picture for Air Force Materiel Sustainment: First Steps

A Common Operating Picture for Air Force Materiel Sustainment: First Steps

A Common Operating Picture for Air Force Materiel Sustainment: First Steps

A Common Operating Picture for Air Force Materiel Sustainment: First Steps

Synopsis

Describes a potential common operating system (COP) for the Air Force materiel sustainment system (MSS). The authors first develop a COP based on the principles of effects-based measures, schwerpunkt (organizational focus), decision rights, and a nonmarket economic framework, then they apply the COP to depot-level reparable component sustainment to illustrate how the COP would improve overall MSS efficiency and responsiveness.

Excerpt

This monograph outlines how the U.S. Air Force could develop and use a common operating picture to plan and execute materiel sustainment activities worldwide. First and foremost, the monograph describes a methodology for developing operationally relevant, effects-based metrics that can be used to plan and control materiel sustainment processes, while taking into account the unique local observations and diverse knowledge base provided by widely dispersed sustainment infrastructure and personnel. Then it applies that methodology to the problem of planning and managing the sustainment of depot-level reparable (DLR) components and the Air Force’s Expeditionary Logistics for the 21st Century (eLog21) initiatives being implemented to transform the Air Force materiel sustainment system. The monograph pays special attention to how the Air Force Materiel Command’s (AFMC’s) new Global Logistics Support Center (GLSC) might exploit a common operating picture based on effects-based measures.

Thus, we envision three audiences for this monograph: policymakers interested in furthering the Air Force’s eLog21 transformation, analysts and managers charged with guiding and implementing that transformation, and the specific managers charged with developing the GLSC processes and information architecture. While this document focuses sharply on the relatively narrow issue of DLR support, we believe that future analyses using this methodology could substantially improve the planning and management of all Air Force sustainment activities. We also believe that the GLSC initiative now under way could transform the worldwide logistics support processes to move . . .

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