Performance Based Logistics: The Case Of The Navy Aviation Tires Program
By: Jinee Burdg, William Lucyshyn
The Department of Defense (DoD) represents approximately 13 percent ($495.6 billion) of the total $3.9 trillion FY2015 federal budget (GPO 2014). Despite shrinking budgets, and the decrease in defense spending, the DoD must turn to nontraditional support models to reduce costs, while maintaining or improving the availability and reliability of the end product for the warfighter. Specific drivers for this logistics transformation within DoD include the rising cost of maintenance and support for new and legacy systems; long customer wait times in support of war-fighters; and the increased flexibility/agility required in the new (and largely unpredictable) military environment.
The DoD could move to a best-in-class system that maintains efficiency in peacetime and quickly adjusts to the surge demands of warfare. The benefits include significant increases in availability and reliability, along with significant cost reductions. The decision to move away from traditional support models must recognize the end objective difference between private and public: losing money vs. losing warfighter lives.