Category Archives: January-February 2013

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A Cost-Efficient Approach to Inventory Management Using IUID to Meet an Organization’s Specific Requirements


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Authors: Mindy Rash-Gehres, Jerry Decker, Mike Kotzian, Duane Mallicoat, Tim Simpson, and Robert Landry

Members of the Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition workforce are very familiar with the “S-curve” that describes a weapon system’s life-cycle costs; they also know that approximately 60 percent to 70 percent (or more) of a weapon system’s life-cycle costs are typically associated with day-to-day operations and support (O&S) costs. In other words, O&S costs comprise more than half the total ownership cost (TOC) of most programs, and for this reason O&S costs have become the target of many proposed savings initiatives. One projected savings area within the O&S budget is “better inventory management.” Inventory management is the focus of this article—in particular, the efforts of the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (EODTECHDIV), Indian Head, Md.

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Good Contracts Start with Good Requirements


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Author: Lyle Eesley

Service requirements and their associated contracts account for more than half of the Defense Department’s annual contract spending. A clearly written requirement is the key to meeting our customers’ performance needs.

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How Full Is the Toolbox? A Look at Product Support Analysis Tools


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Author: Michael A. Bayer

We have long known the value of using tools to make our jobs easier, and our guidance and policy actually advocate the use of applicable tools. But when asked to do a task, does the logistician actually have the tools in the toolbox to help in accomplishing the task? Clearly the Government Accountability Office (GAO) didn’t think so, based upon GAO Report-09-41, Defense Logistics: Improved Analysis and Cost Data Needed to Evaluate the Cost-Effectiveness of Performance Based Logistics (PBL), which stated “. . . although DoD’s guidance recommends that business case analyses be used to guide decision making regarding the implementation of PBL to provide weapon system support, the services are not consistent in their use of such analyses.”

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