AAC Services Offered
AAC provides specialty logistics engineering services across a wide range of technologies. The services apply throughout the life cycle of a system’s support requirements. Services include:
• Independent logistics assessment
• Logistics support analysis (LSA)
• Integrated logistics support (ILS) services
• Reliability, maintainability, and availability
• Thermal analysis
• Life cycle cost (LCC) and total ownership cost (TOC) analysis
• Materials Management Information System (MMIS)
• Web-based failure analysis and corrective action systems (FRACAS)
• Interactive electronic technical manual (IETM) development and distribution
As a part of the Total Lifecycle Management (TLCM) of a system, Life Cycle Logistics (LCL) plays a crucial role in the pre-acquisition, acquisition, and sustainment phases of the acquisition process. During acquisition, the emphasis is placed on increasing reliability and reducing logistics footprint in the systems engineering process. During sustainment, the emphasis is on providing for effective product support using Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) strategies, which may be applicable at the system, subsystem, and/or major assembly level.
Pre-Acquisition LCL Support
During the JCIDS Analysis Process – To maximize reliability, reduce the logistics footprint, and reduced system life cycle costs, LCL must be considered as early as possible in the program’s life, beginning with the identification of needed capabilities. Affordable operational effectiveness is the overarching LCL goal, considered during the JCIDS analysis process; and AAC logistics engineers can help you map your program’s planning, resource, and logistics sustainment requirements to warfighter needs.
During Development of the Initial Capabilities Document (ICD) – Development of the ICD follows the JCIDS analysis. AAC logistics engineers can help you identify and document the LCL drivers (i.e. use case scenarios, R&M rates, etc.), for inclusion in the ICD, that will impact the supportability-related design requirements of the planned system and the support system.
During Development of the Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) – AAC logistics engineers can help you evaluate the operational effectiveness, operational suitability, and estimated cost of alternative systems to meet a mission capability; all leading to the development of a Technology Development Strategy.
Acquisition LCL Support
AAC provides comprehensive support to the PM during all acquisition phases. The Acquisition Strategy must document a thorough and viable Product Support Strategy. This strategy must define the supportability planning, analyses, and trade-offs conducted to determine the optimum support concept. It must also plan for continuous affordability improvement throughout the product life cycle. AAC helps the PM manage this evolving strategy through Milestone C and can provide experienced engineers to address and add value to the following:
Product and Software Support - functions necessary to maintain the readiness, sustainment, and operational capability of the system
Configuration Management – monitors the configuration of the weapon system to maintain the design so that the system can be adequately provisioned, operating, and maintained. Driven by the Maintenance Plan.
Interoperability - takes advantage of joint capabilities for developing a product support strategy. Allows risk mitigation earlier in the system development process
Data Management – identifies and controls data requirements for the efficient acquisition of adequate data. Also the distribution of that data
Integrated Supply Chain Management - promotes user confidence in the logistics process by building a responsive, cost-effective capacity to ensure that warfighters get the materiel they need, when they need it
Life-Cycle Cost Optimization – achieves maximize system effectiveness within resource constraints, by balancing performance, availability, process efficiency, and cost
Logistics Footprint Minimization –minimizes the logistical burden that a system will place on deployed forces by addressing the challenge early in the acquisition process
Life-Cycle Assessment - addresses continuing support and assessment of deployed systems, through disposal, with an emphasis on performance, readiness, ownership cost, and support issues
Demilitarization and Disposal – seeks to minimize the DoD’s liability due to security, environmental issues, and occupational health issues