Army inventory policy, the need for strategic change: an examination of Readiness Based Sparing for retail repair parts supply support
Brem, Robert D.
Gue, Kevin R.
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Army Vision 2010 and Focused Logistics has recognized the need for a Revolution in Military Logistics to support the Revolution in Military Affairs in the information age. As well, readiness needs are increasingly having to be balanced with fiscal realities. Readiness Based Sparing inventory models can give commanders the tools necessary to make these critical resource allocation decisions. We explore the potential value of implementing a Readiness Based Sparing policy for Army retail level repair parts inventory management We answer questions of effectiveness, implementation and potential barriers to implementation. In doing so, we offer a description and analysis of current policy, its effects and consequences. We present an introduction to Readiness Based Sparing methods, their evolution in military applications, successful implementations and lessons learned.
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