DoD processes designed to estimate procurement lead times for fleet equipment parts have been reviewed, concluding that major process deficits exist in this critical area impacting all aspects of operational readiness & fiscal discipline. Specifically, errors in procurement lead time estimates are due to problems such as miscoding connections between late deliveries & future delivery times, deficits in lead time records & input errors, estimates not reflective of improvements made in actual lead times & use of standard default processes instead of new work order schedule info that may have been obtainable.

Situational fleet equipment parts dispatch at DoD must change to meet new requirements of supply route contract quote processes covering  planning of all fleet equipment parts evaluation of logistics activities involved in procurement lead time estimates.  New DoD initiatives will reduce lead times by allowing for streamlined & simplified procurement of items on contracts-- 1) allows DoD to get increased work order schedule info receipt from suppliers, 2) enables DoD to leverage influence in interactions w/ suppliers & 3) empowers DoD to strategically target key items to ensure their availability from suppliers.

The ability of work order schedules tasked by dispatchers to meet operational requirements—system adaptability— will impact fleet equipment parts type & size availability. The procurement lead time estimates of supply route contract quotes involves the time between when new fleet equipment parts types & sizes are tasked and when the cache is received & available at installations for deployment. Administrative lead time is the time interval from the initiation of a procurement action to the contract quote, while supplier capacity process lead time is the interval from the contract quote to delivery of the items.

Fleet equipment parts procurement lead time estimation processes serve an integrating function, which tunes & coordinates all supply route contract quote activities. DoD decision-makers must increasingly direct attention to improving procurement lead time estimation services, which bring important, quantifiable benefits. Well-functioning fleet equipment part supply route contracts become important in several respects: 1) Increasing work order schedule programme impact, 2) Enhancing quality of deployments & 3) Improving cost effectiveness leading to increased operational readiness.

To determine the resources needed to scale up to the requirements of surge contingency scenarios, dispatchers first need to assess what expected costs are uncovered by estimates of procurement route lead times at different levels of the logistics system. When determining supply route contract quotes, dispatchers should consider the costs of maintaining supplier capacity, fleet equipment parts deployment, as well as the cost of the operation itself; determining what share of these costs each installation will request for mission requirements that cannot be compromised.

Key to situations where demand for fleet equipment parts inventory deployment increases, procurement lead time estimates need to be flexible enough to respond to increases in the quantities & ratios of different types &sizes of fleet equipment parts that will move through the logistics system. This may mean increasing the frequency of installation investments in supply route contract quotes to avoid work order schedule deficits when the operational requirements of surge contingency scenarios increase. What essential logistics line items do procurement lead time summary reports contain for several types of work order schedule items? 1) Fleet equipment parts type & size availability, & 2) Equipment consumption routing patterns for surge contingency scenario operations by installation.
 
Procurement lead time estimate summary reports are used to move all essential logistics line items for fleet equipment parts type & size availability at specific time periods determined by the supply route contract quote system between installations. If procurement lead time estimates are to be collected, dispatchers are required to know what work order schedule info to collect and how frequently to collect it, and consider what work order schedule info must be on hand to answer supplier capacity inquiry requests & make informed decisions: 1) How long will current fleet equipment part types & sizes last? 2) is there a requirement to deploy from higher to lower levels of the procurement pipeline? 3) At what installations is demand highest & are more resources required? 4) Is there a requirement to adjust the pipeline to account for bottlenecks that could occur if DoD has to search for required documents & work order schedule info, potentially delaying the procurement of items in supply route contract quote determination processes?

Installations may report several components of fleet Equipment parts contract quote control systems; Dispatchers report answers to following questions in submitting procurement lead time estimate reports: 1) How much fleet equipment parts do installations keep in house? 2) How often do installations participate in supply route contract quote determination? 3) What is the lowest quantity of fleet equipment parts installations want to have before the next supply route contract quote frequency period? 4) How much supplier capacity do installations have access to at any one time and does this change over time? 5) Is the installation regularly tasked with meeting demands of surge contingency scenarios & 6) Do installations have any fiscal or other constraints when participating in supply route contract quote determinations, such as limited types & sizes of fleet equipment parts to deploy?

Progress made by DoD in reducing lead times is varied b/c utilisation of different combinations of new & continued initiatives/actions is not consistent. Initiatives/actions generally fall into three specific areas of focus: 1) Streamlining internal administrative work order schedule processes, 2) Improving oversight of supply route patterns & 3) Maintaining frequent dialogue with suppliers in order to adequately address capacity constraints. Without actions by DoD to review & revise techniques/inputs in use to calculate lead time estimates that could lead to outcomes more precisely reflective of actual experiences, DoD will continue to obligate funds earlier/later than necessary resulting in misdirected delivery of items.

 
 
Single-source procurement of equipment & support occurs where DoD is unable to source its requirements through open competition. This is most common where only a single supplier has the ability or rights to perform the work & single supplier is chosen for DoD action & operational advantage. In these cases, DoD uses single-source procurement.

The absence of an alternative supplier risk includes scenarios in which Suppliers can price without fear of being undercut by their competitors, so they are not subject to normal market pricing pressures. Furthermore, because DoD requires the defence capability they provide, suppliers can be confident of follow-on work even if costs are high or there exists suboptimal performance . The volume of single-source procurement, together with the risk inherent in this approach, means assuring value in single source procurement is of great importance to DoD.    

Defence equipment often requires advanced & specialist tech specs, often limited to a single supplier to ensure required capability, while preserving tech capacity & spec capability for strategic reasons. In a competitive market, DoD suppliers must price risk and continuously seek efficiency improvements in order to survive. In the absence of competition, value is at risk because suppliers can price without fear of being under-cut by competitors & because DoD needs the equipment & support services they provide suppliers can be confident of follow-on work even if costs are high.

 New frameworks based on greater transparency & standardised reporting, with stronger supplier efficiency incentives; has underpinned stronger arrangements after extensive consultations with its major single source suppliers & promoted new frameworks to provide DoD with far greater transparency, facilitating investigation into whether suppliers are being as efficient as possible. Standardised reports will allow better monitoring of single source projects and identify areas where suppliers can reduce cost. Stronger protections will ensure suppliers use the most reasonable & appropriate pricing assumptions they can.

Single-source procurement examples:

-Supplier contract for a Fleet Component, where only the original Supplier has the design rights & experience to service the Fleet Components

-Supplier contract for an additional Fleet Component, where it would be impractical to either have a different type of Fleet Component or to pay for another supplier to replicate the same design.

-Supplier contract to test the operational limits of a Fleet Component, where only one supplier has the right tech specs, and DoD does not want  outside suppliers to know what the limits are.

 
 
Press Conference Remarks:

Our services are aligned with Marine Corps avionics vision to increase fidelity of operational logistics cost tracking by improving efficiencies of critical spare parts supply lines required for repair jobs.

We support Marine Corps Avionics operations by integrating proprietary cost tracking systems, Logistics/engineering expertise & spare parts supply line solutions. 

We aim become established as essential partners with Marine Corps for Logistics operations to design innovative supply line aviation support & services. It is important to design mechanisms for requesting new work order routing principles to perform component repairs on the fleet.

By signing up, we will expand Supply Line Logistics cost tracking & repair service jobs critical to Marine Corps Air Wing Success.  Routing new Work Order requests for Marine Corps will enable us to further reduce Logistics costs, accelerate component repairs turn-times & increase operational readiness of the fleet.

We are excited that Marine Corps is considering options to implement our full suite of aviation repair & supply line Logistics services Repair Services we offer to Marine Corps complement, enhance & integrate well with existing supply line operations, providing accurate cost tracking for all Logistics Operations.

We are delighted to add Marine Corps aviation to our Logistics portfolio & we look forward to expanding our repair services to include key Field installations.

We are also pleased to announce that Marine Corps has expressed interest our approved repair & logistics programme to service wide ride range of Air Wings.

Increasing proximity Service & support for Marine Corps Air Wings is very important & we have built a solid reputation of quality repair services costing & supply line tracking work

We seek approval to build logistics supply lines & repair services on key Marine Corps customisations including cost estimates for avionics, equipment installations & Logistics level composite repairs.

We are excited to be considered as an authorised logistics & repair centre for Marine Corps aviation.  Having exploded on Marine Corps aviation repair scene recently, we recognise importance of establishing quality work orders for tracking costs incurred during Logistics Operations.

We welcome this opportunity to build spare parts supply line work alongside Marine Corps to expand & extend our repair logistics services for multiple Air Wings.


 
 
Dispatchers first demonstrated success in creating equipment repair Reminder Sets by loading active state procedure check boxes after brief practice at talking aloud while programming.

Dispatchers were requested to modify each of the route tracker applications written in the supply conference call connections.

Dispatchers selected surge contingency scenario force structure adjustment cases, classes & quote phase sequence diagrams according to installation preference & User-specific case descriptions were written in an acceptable format.

Dispatchers documented sequence diagram interactions for the surge contingency scenario force structure adjustment user-specific cases that were affected by the modifications.

Dispatcher reference of equipment Upgrade & Replacement Specs catalogs enabled records of schedule quote determination appointments with key details.

Dispatcher modification of the application required that a set of route condition & performance-based metrics defining Repair Set reminders needed to be added to quote schedule determination appointments.

Dispatchers ran route tracker application on the day a quote schedule determination appointment was due, and prior to the time of that appointment, reminder messages for the imminent appointments were to be triggered.

Dispatcher actions aimed at encoding of quote categories for supply conference call connections tactic evaluation should be clear, explicit & defined prior to accepting input for quote determination flashes. The main goal of dispatcher action is to modify the application.

Dispatchers achieve Goals with the assistance of real-time instincts defining sourcing ticket diagrams, written text, or accessing Fleet upgrade/replacement specs catalogs.

Dispatchers can look quotes up on a route pattern map during an episode, e.g. drawing a diagram or writing something on an external device. Transcriptions of dispatcher supply conference call connections were divided into episodes which were categorised according to Fleet Upgrade/Replacement item-specific criteria w/ assistance from the catalog.

Dispatchers who remember original quote schedules & return to it in order to copy and/or modify it provides evidence that the quote schedule contributed to dispatcher real-time instincts. Checking solutions using condition & performance instances may be carried out with the aid of looking a quote up on a route pattern map.

Dispatchers can use quote schedule itself, or a diagram & listed as test episodes can accomplish this task. When dispatchers create quote schedules the route pattern map assessment reuses that quote or modifies an existing quote schedule categorised as test episode supply connections.

Dispatcher use of Spatial representations provides a technique whereby each category of dispatch supply conference call connections steps in which sourcing ticket documentation was involved may be quickly referenced.

Dispatchers record each quote schedule episode spatially in the sequence in which it occurred, within the space representing its supply conference call connections categories. Each dispatch episode is annotated with its quote schedule phase sequence flash, and with its source of cue or destination & time duration.

Dispatchers read the specs requirements & surge contingency scenario force structure adjustment use case documentation & made a number of informed comments about the dispatcher-created techniques using real-time instincts in solving the problem.

Dispatchers planned to check that the modification functionality was not specified in the documentation & searched supply conference call connections class diagrams to find where to put a reminder set, only to discover a Repair reminder Set already existed for the Fleet Upgrade/Replacement Specs.

Dispatchers checked the quote schedule sequence diagram for the required steps to add an appointment, assuming that the existing Repair Reminder Set required modification. Dispatchers reread the reminder set details in the specification related to the reminder set.

Dispatchers followed through by generating supply conference call connections to add quote schedule determination appointment details to the reminder sets collection. Dispatchers then assessed the quote schedule behind the reminder set entry formed provided by the application.

Dispatchers discovered that the Fleet Upgrade/Replacement catalog form was the start up form &looked through the spatial regions before running the application. Dispatcher tactic evaluations indicated that reminder sets can be linked to the Fleet Upgrade/Replacement catalog form.

Dispatchers added reminder sets to the active-state check box evaluating the sequence diagram & then connected changes proposed by dispatcher changes to quote schedule determination additions.

Dispatchers scheduled appointments based on surge contingency scenario force structure adjustment use case description before writing the quote schedule for the active state check box, linking it to the reminder sets form.

Dispatchers may be unsuccessful in testing the quote schedule schematics. If so, it can be deleted before assessing the existing representation & then reinstating the deleted quote schedule in another part of the application.

Dispatchers confirm processes by re-reading the specifications, removing the active state checkbox & Reminders sets to Fleet Upgrade/Replacement Quote catalog & plan to load the checkbox again.

Dispatchers may review Quote schedules & recognise an initial failure to remove the quote schedule for the active state check box & can subsequently remove it.

Dispatchers assess the validity of the form connecting procedures & where the reminder sets can be reloaded before assessing quote schedule sequence diagrams.

Dispatchers can then determine the quote schedule for loading the reminder sets from the reminder set form into The Upgrade & Replacement specs catalog, successfully running the application with the applied changes.

Dispatchers draw on the supply conference call connections & reread the requirements in an effort to change additions to the class diagram as a result of what had been assessed.

Dispatchers can add an active state check box to the Fleet Upgrade/ Replacement catalog form for selecting a reminder Set & assess the sequence diagram to find where to place the quote schedule to control the check box.

Dispatchers found that the surge contingency scenario force structure adjustment use case description can be extremely useful & information can connected by episodes onto the use case description for creation of quote schedule determination Appointment.

Dispatchers can initially draw joining classes between the quote schedule determination Appointment & Repair Reminder Set classes & re-reading the requirements, if conditions change. The joining class is removed & Reminder Set attributes are added to quote schedule Appointments.

Dispatchers provided examples using the surge contingency scenario force structure adjustment use case descriptions & class diagrams to assist in the progressions of what they intended to do. Steps for the planned changes could be added to use cases & class diagrams can be used to utilise the relationship between classes.

Dispatchers can connect episode tactic evaluation for relationships between Repair Reminder Sets and quote schedule determination. Quote Schedule Appointments can be reassessed & use the supply conference call connections diagram to the same end – adding flashes & referring back the flash & finally correcting the parts supply line.

Dispatcher work examples detailed in this report demonstrate the usefulness of external documentation in the planning stages for supply line connection episode transfers.

 
 


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Q:

Give examples of times when equipment maintenance/modernisation was going smoothly & deployment deadlines were on schedule. 

Contrast with times when, over the course of upgrade/repair operations, your team realised some logistics processes needed to be changed.

What if more work would be required, but better mission outcomes could be achieved?


A:

Situation

When we first joined forces with DoD years ago, we were given the impossible task of creating dispatch training logistics models for equipment upgrade /repair operations required by commanders in the field.

Our goal was to ensure that equipment upgrade/repair operations we were preparing would meet & exceed mission requirements of the Fleet & new work order routing techniques would now go on without a hitch. 

The supply line product was ready to launch & everyone was eager to have the orientation finalised & deployed immediately. We were under lots of pressure to get this project done quickly to meet expanding contract quote schedules.

Task

During initial real-world, mobile operations, we worked really hard to get the dispatch training models created & collaborated with existing divisions stocked with trainers who were not yet fully briefed on new logistics plans for work order routing technical specifications.

We were originally right on schedule to meet supply line deadlines organised by new grouping of equipment upgrade/repair contract quotes.

By chance, we overheard in Congressional Briefings we were extremely attentive to that an accelerated launch of the supply line product was required to meet unanticipated missions tasking the fleet.

Commanders in the field were now caught scrambling to get new equipment upgrade/repair instructions incorporated into day-to-day operations as soon as logistics resource assignment was possible to support our team.

Action

We reached out to Senior Levels at DoD to ask if we should be also be working on adaptations of the work order routing models to meet new mission requirements. After checking, we quickly found out our answer.  Yes, the logistics training materials would also need to be incorporated into real-world mobile operation ahead of schedule.

Someone in the field had forgotten to pass critical upgrade/repair contract quote information along to our team.  We requested help from DoD as to how our logistics materials could be immediately updated without additional resources.

With the arrival of more resources, we were able to locate qualified dispatchers quickly. DoD signalled that approved field site teams could begin work as soon as we had each supply line section created & approved.

 Result

Fortunately, our logistics training materials were incorporated into day-to-day equipment upgrade/repair operations right when they were needed by teams in the field thanks to our ambitious & diligent work.

 If we had not heard about the early launch & new work order routing resources were not requested, we would have experienced major delays in launching our supply line product.

DoD Officials were very pleased with our efficient efforts to route work orders required to group equipment upgrade/repair contract quotes & timeliness of our supply line product launch.