Comparing Acquisition Strategies: Maintenance-Free Operating Period vs. Traditional Logistics Support

Report Number: NPS-AM-11-C8P25R03-081

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Inventory Management

Report Series: Proceedings Paper

Authors: Nickolas H. Guertin, Paul Bruhns

Title: Comparing Acquisition Strategies: Maintenance-Free Operating Period vs. Traditional Logistics Support

Published: 2011-04-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Other Research Faculty

Full Text URL: http://acquisitionresearch.net/files/FY2011/NPS-AM-11-C8P25R03-081.pdf

Keywords: Open Architecture, COTS, MFOP, Integrated Logistics Support, ILS

Abstract:

For more than a decade, the U.S. Navy has been modernizing many of its software intensive National Security Systems (NSS) using an Open Architecture (OA) approach that leverages capable and reliable commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies and modern, agile software development practices. The focus of the Naval Open Architecture strategy has been to field affordable and superior capabilities more rapidly at reduced costs. NSS and information technology (IT) system upgrades are now routinely accomplished using COTS, proving that the U.S. Navy has achieved measureable success in this area. But this progress has not improved the environment of life cycle cost savings and system sustainment. The Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) elements of most acquisition programs are not taking full advantage of industry best practices that are robust and mature for life cycle affordability and sustainment. There is great cost savings potential in this area, as the cost of ownership of a system aboard a ship over its life cycle for repair and maintenance far exceeds the Navy