Evaluation of Naval Aviation Enterprise airspeed's generation of measurable cost savings and reinvestiment for recapitalization of the future Navy and Marine Corps
Williams, Robert J.
Brook, Douglas A.
Summers, Don E.
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Naval Aviation, faced with budgetary pressures, decreasing buying power and increasing costs of aircraft and equipment, realized it had to change the way it did business in order to recapitalize. The Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE) was formed to implement the aviation components of Sea Power 21 and Sea Enterprise, including modernization and recapitalization. Through the implementation of AIRSpeed, the NAE strives to provide the right amount of readiness at the right cost, so that money can be saved and returned to the Navy and Marine Corps to recapitalize the Fleet. This thesis examines the NAE's effort to generate measurable cost savings toward recapitalization. The background and implementation of AIRSpeed are reviewed. It identifies cost savings attributed to AIRSpeed initiatives and investigates the relationship between costs savings and reinvestment and recapitalization. The results of this thesis reveal that the NAE is achieving measurable cost savings, but the cost saving has not been made available for recapitalization. The thesis reveals some identifiable organizational challenges and change issues that inhibit the achievement of NAE s goals. These findings are used to develop and present a series of recommendations to assist the leadership to further align AIRSpeed programs with the recapitalization vision.
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