The most immediate and cost effective way to address vehicle corrosion in Hawaii
Crabtree, Kenneth L
Boudreau, Michael W.
Gates, William R.
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In the late 1980s the Marine Corps procured the M900 series 5-ton truck. Within four years of this acquisition, a serious corrosion problem developed with the M900 series truck. Efforts to control this corrosion have proven to be unsuccessful. The current maintenance budget does not adequately fund the corrosion program nor are the facilities and procedures able to handle the workload. The objective of this thesis was to identify the most immediate and cost effective way to handle corrosion control in Hawaii by analyzing the environment in which the Marine Corps units in Hawaii operate and recommend the most reasonable solution given the constraints. Research included an analysis of the background of Marine Corps equipment in service in Hawaii, as well as an identification of alternative measures of corrosion control management. Four alternatives were identified and evaluated in terms of the associated costs, manpower requirements, vehicle turnaround time, throughput capacity, and USMC controls. It was determined that the current corrosion control process is not adequate, and if left unchanged, the Marine Corps will face an overwhelming amount of deadlined vehicles before the replacements are available. The analysis concludes that the current method of corrosion management is inefficient. Alternative recommendations are then provided for more efficient use of the resources.
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