HIMARS: A High Performance PBL

Report Number: UMD-LM-14-182

Series: Acquisition Logistics

Category: Performance Based Logistics (PBL)

Report Series: Sponsored Report

Authors: Jacques S. Gansler and William Lucyshyn

Title: HIMARS: A High Performance PBL

Published: 2014-08-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Other Research Faculty

Full Text URL: http://acquisitionresearch.net/files/FY2014/UMD-LM-14-082.pdf

Keywords: High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS)


This research presents a case study of the logistics support and sustainment protocol for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS). HIMARS adopted a Performance Based Logistics (PBL) strategy that sought to ensure the cost-effective delivery of specified performance outcomes. The research concludes that this strategy has been a success largely due to the following attributes:
1. Appropriate alignment of contractor incentives with system and mission performance requirements
2. Clearly defined performance metrics which are straightforward, measurable and achievable
3. A program management perspective that encompasses a total system life cycle view
4. A supply chain management arrangement that captured the highly developed capabilities of the private sector
5. A public-private partnership that utilized the strengths of both organic and contractor organizations

The research suggests that properly implemented PBL arrangements may hold promise for significant cost savings across the DoD.