North America

Red Room - Session 6

9:10 to 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Reliability As a Life Cycle Cost Enabler

The US Department of Defense’s "Better Buying Power 2.0" initiatives focus on seven areas to achieve greater efficiency and productivity in defense spending, specifically: 1) achieve affordable programs; 2) control costs throughout the product life cycle; 3) incentivize productivity and innovation in industry and government; 4) eliminate unproductive processes and bureaucracy; 5) promote effective competition; 6) improve tradecraft in acquisition of services; and 7) improve the professionalism of the total acquisition workforce. Many of these focus areas can be enabled with better attention to Design for Reliability, Maintainability, and Supportability (RMS) best practices.

Effective total life cycle (cost) management requires a consistent, long-term focused effort. A continuous assessment process enables an organization to continue to define, document and address the capability and limitations imposed by the level of RMS on the system with an emphasis on the operational impacts. Continuous assessment is only possible when an organization prepares for this activity by implementing a data collection process (e.g., FRACAS) that will thoroughly feed the raw data required to continuously monitor metrics of merit to that organization and its products. Other reliability, maintainability and supportability tools that enable better life cycle cost management include: integrated data management system, condition based maintenance/reliability centered maintenance, reliability growth, root cause analysis, Weibull analysis, life cycle cost/affordability analysis, obsolescence and/or diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortages, and life extension assessment.

Key Words: Better Buying Power 2.0, Life Cycle Cost, Total Life Cycle Management, Continuous Assessment, Reliability, Maintainability, and Supportability Improvement

Andrew Foote

Alion Science and Technology Corporation

Rome, New York