14 AFGLSC provisional command was established in April 2007. These employees then reported to the DLA Distribution Command; they were no longer part of the organization responsible for producing the maintenance results, and their objectives and performance reviews were not driven by the ALC. The AFLCMC mission: "Acquire and Support War-Winning Capabilities" The Air Force should continue its eLog 21 approach to sustainment improvement and should aggressively continue to pursue incremental fielding of the ECSS as an enterprise resource planning solution. Do you enjoy reading reports from the Academies online for free? These metrics represent the first concrete evidence that performance of the supply chain is being measured. The ALCs have strategic plans, and in those the committee observed limited metrics for AA and aircraft on-time delivery from production lines. Also, you can type in a page number and press Enter to go directly to that page in the book. SOURCE: Major General Andrew E. Busch, Commander, OO-ALC. Accessed May 3, 2011. Personal communication to the committee, May 11, 2011. dTotal SLOC—All code associated with the aircraft, including onboard/operational (OFP, fire control, stores management, communications, radar, heads-up display, embedded GPS/ins, digital video recorder, mission planning, etc. The ALCs are complex, multi-faceted organizations. SOURCE: Gregory Mann, United States Navy, Fleet Readiness Center Southwest, Industrial Business Operations Department. One can only imagine how this diagram would look if expanded to represent all of the systems that are supported by the ALCs. Successfully led the merger of three sustainment wings at the three Air Force logistics centers into one wing within the newly-formed Air Force Global Logistics Support Center. These efforts are designed to enhance depot throughput and to tailor both depot and field inspections to realistic operational conditions. Aircraft availability (AA) was often mentioned as the principal measure of merit for the Air Force’s as well as the ALCs’ sustainment goals. The Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center (OC-ALC), founded in 1941 and located on Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, manages an inventory of more than 2,000 aircraft including the B-1, B-2, B-52, C/KC-135, E-3, VC-25, VC-137, Cruise missile inventories, and 25 other Contractor Logistics Support aircraft.3,4,5 Additionally, OC-ALC is responsible for all Air Force propulsion systems and management and a sizable portion of the propulsion systems maintenance. 32 Captain Melnick commented on the DLA’s metrics in the sense of the Air Force’s PBA with DLA. FIGURE 4-5 In addition, given its dependence on software to achieve mission capabilities, the Air Force would benefit from additional senior leader education in this area. FIGURE 4-7 A subject matter expert would also point out that the supply characteristics in the upper right quadrant (few participants, high barriers to entry, high switching costs) cannot be left to market forces but must be cultivated with long- term partnerships. “OO-ALC Overview—Core Competencies & Priorities.” Presentation to the committee, January 31, 2011. Create New Account. 26 USAF. Available at http://www.robins.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-070226-039.pdf. There is no charge for this Trade Mission however you must be a registered participant of the Requirements Symposium (please refer to website … FIGURE 4-2 For future system acquisitions, however, as part of initial program planning, strong consideration must be given to a single government en-. Warner-Robins Air Logistics Center (WR-ALC) operation areas of responsibility. In a briefing to the full committee, the DLA representative explained that because the Air Force is responsible for significant portions of the approval flow, DLA Richmond must be involved. Table 4-1 depicts the attributes and activities of the three ALCs. “309th Software Maintenance Group.” Presentation to the committee, February 1, 2011. The ALC commanders’ authority has been significantly weakened over the past several years to the extent that they do not have sufficient authority to effectively and efficiently execute the programs for which they are responsible. importantly, skilled technical personnel are either forced to conduct workarounds, cannibalize parts, or place items in a downtime status for the lack of parts. At WR-ALC, the C-17 aircraft are modified and repaired by government employees. It is essential to have a clear understanding of all the resources that impact the ALCs’ operations to better evaluate the ALCs’ capabilities. To not do so ignores the fact that Title 10 has put the components on notice to achieve, and not necessarly cause, significant perturbations in the workforce. “309th Software Maintenance Group.” Presentation to the committee, February 1, 2011. systems to balance contractor efforts with the required development of organic capabilities. assigned to the ALC. 22 The committee heard all of these terms used, often interchangeably. The commander generally had authority, responsibility, and accountability for the range of resources available within normal constraints to execute the programs. “Commander’s Briefing.” Presentation to the committee, January 6, 2011. responsibility for avionics systems management, support equipment management, and electronic warfare systems and the significant maintenance of these systems. “Acquiring What the Warfighter Needs.” Presentation to the Aviation Week MRO Conference, April 12-14, 2011, Miami, Florida. Based on feedback from you, our users, we've made some improvements that make it easier than ever to read thousands of publications on our website. Purchasing Must Become Supply Management. Each ALC visit consisted of a combination of briefings, facility tours, and in-depth discussions with the participants. The various entities, such as the supply chain and “out of the chain” command offices, optimize for their own organization and/or products rather than support a major sustainment entity such as an ALC. Further, these systems are by their nature expensive, have an element of risk, and take time. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, officiated the ceremony. § 2466. The ability of the United States Air Force (USAF) to keep its aircraft operating at an acceptable operational tempo, in wartime and in peacetime, has been important to the Air Force since its inception. The committee discussed the AA metric at length. In addition, it would generally ensure that the SIL equipment and development tools, which are generally commercial products, are current, as opposed to what sometimes occurs in maintenance organizations; namely, the support equipment is baselined at older versions that are no longer supported by the vendor. The ALCs recognize that strong leadership and supervisory skills “don’t just happen”—they develop over time and can only come from efforts by leadership. 24 Kathy Cutler, Deputy Commander, Defense Logistics Agency Aviation. 28 Peter Kraljic. As individual weapon system programs evolve, the need for software staffing varies. “F-35B Flies with Block 1.0 Software.” November 15, 2010. Certainly the intent of the AFMC Software Maintenance Group is to provide one virtual software maintenance function, instead of three geographically separated, competing organizations, and a unified message/face to the customer and Headquarters. The center consists of professional Airmen delivering globally integrated, agile logistics and sustainment. Finally, software digitization of previously analog-based, hardware-delivered measurement and control functions, such as sensing, flight controls, and engine controls, continues to increase. See more of Philippine Air Force Logistics Training Center on Facebook. They have attained substantial process controls and quality measures at the highest levels of the industry. 3 Assessment of Current Sustainment Investments, Infrastructure, and Processes, 5 Technology Development and Insertion for Sustainment, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Examination of the U.S. Air Force's Aircraft Sustainment Needs in the Future and Its Strategy to Meet Those Needs, http://www.robins.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-070226-039.pdf, http://www.tinker.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?fsID=8552, http://www.afhra.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=16630, HISTORY AND PRESENT STATE OF AIR FORCE AIR LOGISTIC CENTERS, http://www.airforce-magazine.com/SiteCollectionDocuments/Reports/2011/March%202011/Day24/Secdef_Ef-ficiencies_031411.pdf, HOLISTIC APPROACH TO THE RESPONSIBILITIES AND PERFORMANCE OF AIR FORCE AIR LOGISTICS CENTERS, ASSESSMENT OF THE RESOURCING OF AIR LOGISTICS CENTERS, Critical Support Staff for the ALC Workforce, Labor Relations and Growing the Workforce, ORGANIZING THE AIR LOGISTIC CENTERS FOR SUSTAINMENT, https://acc.dau.mil/CommunityBrowser.aspx?id=32525, http://www.sourcingchina.org/PictureLoad/2009829103938430.pdf, RESOURCING FOR TECHNOLOGY INSERTION AT AIR LOGISTICS CENTERS, ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT AT THE AIR LOGISTICS CENTERS, http://www.acq.osd.mil/docs/USD_ATL_Guidance_Memo_September_14_2010_FINAL.PDF, SOFTWARE SUSTAINMENT FOR LEGACY AND FUTURE SYSTEMS, Current Trends in Air Force Software Development and Maintenance, http://www.techweb.com/wire/software/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=51000353, http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Enterprise-Apps/GM-to-Software-Vendors-Cut-theComplexity/, Air Force Policies for Software Sustainment, Future Challenges Based on New Aircraft Entering the Inventory, EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF AIR FORCE AIR LOGISTICS CENTERS, 2 Review of the Impact of Regulations, Policies, and Strategies on Sustainment, 4 Assessment of Air Force Air Logistics Centers, 6 Incorporating Sustainability into Future Designs, Appendix A: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members, Appendix B: Meetings and Participating Organizations, Appendix C: Navy Enterprise Transformation: Working for the Greater Good, Total: 14,295; Civilians: 12,873; Military: 1,422, Total: 8,786; Civilians: 8,173; Military: 133, Total: 13,296; Civilians: 12,173; Military: 1,123, Total: 9,263; Civilians: 9,152; Military: 111, Weapon System and End-Item Program Management, FY10 total revenue (including Material Support Division)—$1.738 billion, E-8C, C-130, F-15, HH-60G, UH-1, U-2, DCGS, C-5, C-17, RQ-4, MQ-1, MQ-9, Software, Electronics, Electronic Warfare (missile/radar warning, chaff/flare dispensers, jamming), Support Equipment, Vehicles, Automated Test Systems, Commodities (C-5 flaps/pylons, C130 props/radomes, C-17 landing gear doors, F-15 wings/speed brakes), F-15 and C-130 FMS, B-2 Structure, F-16, A-10, F-22, C-130, T-38, Commodities, Software, FY10 total; revenue (including Material Support Division)—$2.69 billion, E-3, KC-135, B-1, B-52, KC-46A, B-2, Contract Logistics Support Commercial Derivative A/C (KC-10, E-4, VC-25, T-6, C-12, C-21, C-9, C-20, Peace Lotus, C-26, C-38, T-1A, Iraqi A/C, C-32/C-40, E-9, KDC-10, T-41, T-43, T-51, TG-10, TG-15, UV-18, C-37), Engines (F100, F101, F108, F118, F110, T56, TF39, TF34, TF33, F117, F119), Commodities, Software, ATCALS, HF Global, Foreign Military Sales. Program management can substantially improve the overall operation of a product but must take a holistic approach to do so. The center provides war-winning expeditionary capabilities to the warfighter through world-class depot maintenance, supply chain management and installation support. “OO-ALC Mission Briefing.” Presentation to the committee, January 31, 2011. (OEMs) and high-confidence aftermarket suppliers have a higher likelihood of providing the parts where and when needed than do mass commodity suppliers. The rationale for. As discussed earlier in this chapter, the spare parts organizational structures for the Air Force at large and for the depot maintenance lines, in particular, are broken, largely because no one officer is responsible for the supply chain. Personal communication to the committee, April 27, 2011. These metrics immediately resonated with the committee because they portrayed at a glance how the aircraft production lines were doing on cost and schedule. Software presents numerous advantages and challenges to sustainment. Finding 4-7. Numerous subsets of activities support accomplishments within these focus areas. This is a much larger issue for the Air Force today, having effectively been at war for 20 years, with its aircraft becoming increasingly more expensive to operate and maintain and with military budgets certain to further decrease. Major system changes cannot be implemented by outside consultants or contractors alone but must have major engagement of the actual management and workforce that will use them. The Sacramento Air Logistics Center at McClellan Air Force Base was also closed/privatized and McClellan Air Force Base totally closed. 51 OO-ALC was assessed CMMI v1.1 level 5 in CMMI V1.3 in 2006. Also in 1995, DMRD 926 began to transfer some non-recoverable parts (expendables) management to the DLA. As shown in Figure 4-1, the Warner-Robins Air Logistics Center (WR-ALC), founded in 1943 and located on Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, serves as the primary modernization, sustainment, and depot maintenance center for a variety of aircraft, including the U-2, C-5, C-17, all models of the C-130, E-8, and F-15, and other important aircraft.1,2 WR-ALC also has the Air Force’s primary. Switch between the Original Pages, where you can read the report as it appeared in print, and Text Pages for the web version, where you can highlight and search the text. ECSS is a component—albeit an important component—of the Air Force Expeditionary Logistics for the 21st Century (eLog21) initiative. The C-17 proposal to move to organic support and similar stories on other product lines are key examples of how the ALCs are not being resourced to meet production demands. 54 Karl Rogers, Director, 309th Software Maintenance Group, OO-ALC. The present market approach by the current supply chain managers seems to drive all classes of supply to the characteristics listed in the lower left quadrant of Figure 4-10. Led by a 3-star general officer, AFLCMC is charged with life cycle management of Air Force weapon systems from their inception to retirement. A strategic framework. As noted in a briefing at OO-ALC, “Even if the number of platforms decreases, software workload will continue to increase.”45, Approximately 2,700 people, or 12 percent of the depot maintenance workforce, provide software support to weapons systems at the ALCs. The use of the “0” or planned line as the baseline allows most people to immediately see where the successes have been and what shortfalls have occurred. The less complex parts provided by the DLA are not available 10 percent of the time. ...or use these buttons to go back to the previous chapter or skip to the next one. To search the entire text of this book, type in your search term here and press Enter. Currently, no reasonable, concrete definition of software maintenance exists. The effects of surged workload on the workforce are obvious. MyNAP members SAVE 10% off online. First, continued increases in the Air Force’s dependence on software-intensive systems, and the associated growth in size, complexity, and cost of these systems, have been further compounded by multi-contractor teams using different processes and different tool sets in dispersed engineering, development, and operational locations. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is one of six centers reporting to the Air Force Materiel Command. Thus, the activities should interface with all aspects of operations and processes to ensure that the design goals and or mission objectives are accomplished. View our suggested citation for this chapter. The purpose is to monitor the system’s condition to assure that it does not inhibit the design goals or mission effectiveness. Finding 4-9. An analysis of the Air Force industrial workload personnel policies indicates that greater freedom to adjust staffing levels without higher Headquarters interference is needed. Thus, the production workforce and engineering support do not uniformly grow to meet the increased demand. The ALCs have reasonable distributions of staff with skill sets to meet current needs. However, the issue actually centers around proper sizing of the support workforce—a challenge that extends into the working level and impacts support to the production lines. SOURCE: Brigadier General Arnold W. Bunch, Jr., Director and Program Executive Officer for the Fighters and Bombers Directorate, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. CPU Central Processing Unit; EDI Electronic Data Interchange; FCL Full Container Load; RFID Radio Frequency Identification; VMI Vendor Managed Inventory; SCM Supply Chain Management; FOB Free On Board; FAS Free Alongside Ship; ETA Estimated Time of Arrival; Gen General; SFMF Semper Fi Mother Fucker; Maj Major; Sgt Sergeant; Col Colonel; Categories. Determine if any modifications in technology efforts are required and, if so, identify them and make recommendations regarding the technology efforts that should be pursued because they could make positive impacts on the sustainment of the current and future systems and equipment of the Air Force. In addition, the organizational structure, technology infusion, and plant equipment were assessed. Margaret Fisher, Air Force Materiel Command. 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