From the program manager to the program executive officer (PEO) to the Air Force depot complex commander, all stakeholders share a common imperative: Provide maximum warfighting capacity, capability, and readiness. In meeting that imperative, a primary analytic question is to determine whether sufficient depot capacity exists throughout the fleet’s lifecycle ... Read More
If effective fleet management is a complex exercise in managing competing priorities, then it is also an exercise in analytics—the scientific process of transforming data into insights for the purpose of making better decisions. A program manager’s challenge is finding the analytic “sweet spot” within analysis data requirements, complexity, flexibility, ... Read More
A consistent and deliberative decision-making process is as important as the outcome itself and is worthy of reflection. This is particularly true in today’s environment, where the quantity of information to consider and the pace and complexity of decisions are increasingly at odds ... Read More
Effectively managing a fleet is an exercise in managing competing priorities. Operators demand availability to meet mission and training requirements and capability necessary to maintain technological relevancy, ensure survivability, and achieve mission effectiveness. Juxtaposed with availability and capability demands is the demand for ... Read More
Can a recently growing defense budget or maintenance and supply chain initiatives such as CBM+ reverse the trend of lower mission capable rates ? It’s unclear— and that’s the point. Today’s product support managers (PSMs) must have decision-quality information to know the net result of strategies chosen. Until then, a ... Read More
As CBM+ continues to gain traction in the USAF, it’s important for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), software developers and other industry partners to understand where the USAF is headed in terms of developing toolsets and managing data. Why? Because the USAF has made it evident that it has no appetite ... Read More
The government requires contracting officers to use a “structured approach” for determining the profit or fee objective in most noncompetitive acquisitions requiring cost analysis, but the FAR offers few specifics on how to do this. In this webinar, Dayton Aerospace's Tom Wells discusses the FAR’s requirements, as well as agencies’ ... Read More
Since 2002, the Department of Defense (DOD) has viewed Condition-Based Maintenance Plus (CBM+) as a transformational maintenance methodology, capable of improving productivity, shortening maintenance cycles, lowering costs, and increasing availability and reliability through improved business processes and as-it-happens information analysis. CBM+ data analysis methods and prognostic tools allow maintainers to ... Read More
Mr. Tom Wells, SES, DAF (Ret), has been selected as a speaker for the National Contract Management Association’s (NCMA) 2018 World Congress. Mr. Wells will discuss commonly used industry proposal management processes and related lessons learned in a workshop scheduled for Monday, July 23, 2018, at 10:30 am. Mr. Wells ... Read More
Dayton Aerospace recently presented Airworthiness Risk and MIL-HDBK-516C at the 2018 Aircraft Airworthiness & Sustainment (AA&S) Conference held April 23-26 in Washington, DC. Authored by airworthiness experts, Colonel Wayne Johnson, US Air Force (USAF) (Ret), and Ms. Dawn McGarvey-Buchwalder, former USAF Airworthiness Office branch chief, the presentation discussed lessons learned ... Read More
Dayton Aerospace authored Competitive Strategies for Systems Acquisition and Life Cycle Management: A Practical Guide for Program Managers  to provide industry and government acquisition workforces with information and practical support for planning and effectively implementing competitive acquisition strategies ... Read More
The US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations recently contacted over thirty experts from a broad range of backgrounds and solicited their views on the Department of Defense (DOD) acquisition process and how weapon system procurement can be improved. Their findings are summarized in the 2 October 2014 Staff Report titled ... Read More
Weapon system product support within the Department of Defense (DOD) and US Air Force (USAF) has experienced significant changes over the past decade. Today, the USAF aims to ensure product support is aligned to an enterprise vision and the intent is to organize, train and equip the enterprise to achieve ... Read More
Last month, OSD (AT&L) updated the original Better Buying Power (BBP) guidance in a document titled, Better Buying Power 2.0: Continuing the Pursuit for Greater Efficiency and Productivity in Defense Spending. Three initiatives under the focus area, “Incentivize Productivity & Innovation in Industry and Government” are particularly ... Read More
As a general rule, I hate when people quote themselves in speeches or blogs, but I'm going to make an exception here because two professionals (who are very worthy of note) recently supported and emphasized an observation I've frequently made about US Government acquisition: “The only answer that is always ... Read More
Today in the Department of Defense (DOD), many of the largest acquisition programs are intended to be low-risk purchases of existing airframes to meet military requirements. Examples include the new presidential aircraft and helicopter, Navy maritime patrol aircraft, US Air Force (USAF) rescue and utility helicopters, and the USAF tanker ... Read More
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