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Unread post30 Sep 2020, 22:28

The Real F-35 Problem We Need to Solve
29 Sep 2020 Scott Cooper

"Unless its logistics can be improved, the jet’s contributions to a major fight will be far less than Pentagon wargamers are counting on. When Pentagon strategists game out potential near-peer conflicts, they tend to plug in sortie-generation rates for the F-35 Lightning II that reflect the program’s original vision, not the far lower numbers that represent the actual state of things. But if planners intend to count on the F-35 in a battle of any but the shortest duration, the Pentagon and industry must urgently improve their ability to maintain and sustain the most technologically complex (and capable) aircraft in history. A performance-based logistics plan currently being discussed is worth considering....

...Last year, F-35 maker Lockheed Martin proposed a different approach, starting with a five-year deal to supply, by 2025, enough parts to keep 80 percent of the world’s F-35s up and ready — a higher readiness level than we currently see. Lockheed has said that part of its strategy for living up to the deal would be investing up to $1.5 billion in subcontractors to shore up the supply chain.

Performance-based logistics has succeeded with much smaller programs, but it has never been tried on a large scale. And it might just work. We are seeing industry bet on their own success and accept risk if they don’t succeed. It is also noteworthy that this arrangement would take cost risk away from the government and place it on industry, in exchange for the predictability of a half-decade-long contract.

Moreover, this is one of the places where the promises of “big data” can actually pay off, particularly in a program the size of the F-35. Data analytics gives opportunities to increase efficiencies, reduce manpower and material costs, and improve inventory control. These are things we conceptually understood – even in an old warhorse like the EA-6B – but we never fully leveraged.

I hope DOD will move forward with this PBL idea. In fact, I’m surprised that it hasn’t become something that DOD is demanding of industry. There must be a recognition of the reality that while technology has certainly been a decisive piece of our military superiority, readiness has been just as important. Our ability to maintain and supply the force is what has made us the best military in the world.

It’s not sexy. The truth is that the unsung heroes during my operational deployments weren’t capable pilots, but rather supply officers and noncommissioned officers who were Merlin the magician making sure we had the one part that would keep the jet in an “up” status. It’s also what will determine whether or not the F-35 can live up to its full potential."

Source: https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2020/0 ... ve/168883/
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Unread post30 Sep 2020, 22:44

IIRC, the last solicitation notice I saw for sustainment looked like a three year deal rather than a five year deal.
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Unread post01 Oct 2020, 01:31

LAST POST (sing it) BTM previous page....
To improve F-35 reliability, Pentagon plans performance-based logistics contract
13 Jun 2020 Garrett Reim

"...Originally, Lockheed Martin proposed a five-year, full system PBL. The Joint Program Office’s PBL contract would exclude the stealth fighter’s Pratt & Whitney F135 engine, as well as components of the Autonomic Logistics Information System, also known as ALIS, a troubled software program that manages prognostics, maintenance, supply chain, flight operations and training for the jet...."

Source: https://www.flightglobal.com/fixed-wing ... 19.article
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Unread post01 Oct 2020, 02:54

OK I misunderstood your comment about three years / five years. Meanwhile because I detest MS Word processing crap, the DOCX has been made into a one page PDF attached below so that I do not have to use MS execrable products <sigh>
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