An analysis of selected Department of Defense reprocurement programs for acquisition of legacy system spare parts via small manufacturers
Fillmore, Brett E.
Euske, Kenneth J.
McMasters, Alan W.
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The life-cycle extension of weapon systems has created problems for sustaining spare parts procurement. This study analyzes selected DOD reprocurement initiatives for securing responsive manufacturing capacity of small manufacturing companies to overcome these problems. Interviews were also conducted with Government and industry representatives and managers of small manufacturing shops to identify possible barriers to the application of the DOD initiatives. The findings reveal that the DOD initiatives and their associated technologies could dramatically reduce costly lead time delays by enabling the electronic exchange of technical product data between a geographically dispersed set of qualified machine shops and DOD supply centers. However, unless DOD efforts are directed at unifying the components necessary for procuring legacy weapon system spare parts, the barriers will remain as significant obstacles
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