Logistical Support Analysis for the Self-projected Adaptive Roller Kit (SPARK) System
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Due to the current urgent warfighter needs''documented in the Joint Urgent Operational Needs Statement (JUONS)''and the need for increasing the speed of the Acquisition process, Program Managers (PM) find it increasingly necessary to utilize Contractor Logistic Support to field these rapid acquisition programs. The logistics support concepts used to maintain and service these systems play a large part in determining the overall lifecycle cost of a system. More efficient and effective logistics support plans can translate to substantial cost savings. Under the appropriate conditions, Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) is an effective means to support and expedite rapid acquisition programs and to get the equipment quickly into the hands of the warfighter. For example, the Self-Protected Adaptive Roller Kit System (SPARKS) is a 3,500-pound roller that is used to pre-detonate Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) in roadways. The JUONS process identified this requirement, and the Department of the Army established and directed Product Manager Improvised Explosive Device Defeat/Protect Force (PM IEDD/PF) to manage the overall effort in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The purpose of this study is to identify potential cost savings to PM IEDD/PF and to the US Army by conducting an analysis of the CLS Contract for SPARKS, focusing on the current Maintenance Plan, Personnel requirements, Technical Data, and Supply Support.
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NPS Report NumberNPS-LM-09-129
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