Armor & Mobility

MAR/APR 2017

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Fiscal pressures will continue to be a challenge for COMFRC. Since 2010, Naval Aviation has increased its inventory by an additional 181 aircraft. Sufficient funding of sustainment, also referred to as "enabler" accounts, is critical to Naval Aviation operations. (Enabler accounts are budget line items that are responsible for funding vital functions that enable safe and reliable flight operations and solutions for degrad- ers that adversely impact the readiness and sustainment costs of each TMS.) As part of a larger NAE effort, COMFRC is working to understand how the dollars allocated for each budget line provides flight line readi- ness, and to explain how underfunding impacts the overall health of Naval Aviation. COMFRC is taking a closer look at component reliability, per- formance and costs as well. Component repair is driving the fleet's Non-Mission Capable in Service (NMCS) rates and is critical to fleet recovery. Naval Aviation is transitioning from acquisition to readiness and sustainment: virtually every platform will be in transition or will have transitioned between now and 2032. Each new platform—the F-35 Lightning, P-8A Poseidon, Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Sur- veillance and Strike Systems and the Ford class of aircraft carriers— not only brings new technologies, but also requires logistics elements, such as training, supply support, publications and maintenance plans that are intrinsic to the support COMFRC provides. Plans to support these new technologies are under review. We will harness other initiatives that have proven success. In July, an MV-22B became the first Navy aircraft to fly with an additively manufactured flight critical part. Additive Manufacturing is a produc- tion process that uses computer automated design software to design a part and then adds layers of powder metal, plastic, concrete or other materials to "print" it. Open Architectur (OA), an open standard that supports a modular, loosely coupled and highly cohesive system structure whose specifications and designs are easily accessible is another area we will tap into. Systems that employ OA can be added to, modified, replaced, removed and/or supported by different vendors at varying increments and levels throughout its life cycle. A&M: From Joint and allied coalition cooperation perspectives, how are Fleet Readiness Centers facilitating working efforts with other DoD agencies and mitigating associated challenges? Rear Adm. Zarkowski: I co-lead the NAE's Engineering, Maintenance and Supply Chain Management Team (EM&SCM), a sub-team of the NAE which focuses on identifying and implementing efficiencies in overarching Naval Aviation engineering and Integrated Logistics Support policies and processes to aid TMS teams in achieving the best possible reliability, cost and optimal cycle times. Also heading up the team are Rear Adm. Shane Gahagan, commander, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) and NAVAIR assistant commander for Research and Engineering (AIR 4.0); Brig. Gen. Greg Masiello, NAVAIR assistant commander for Logistics and Industrial Operations (AIR 6.0), Rear Adm. Duke Heinz, commander, Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS); and Brig. Gen. Allan Day, commander, Defense Logistics Agency-Aviation (DLA-A). Many of the efforts I mentioned earlier stem from the collaboration of this group. The V-22 platform is currently establishing scheduled maintenance, called Planned Maintenance Interval (PMI), and component repair capa- bility at multiple sites across DOD: FRCE, FRCSW, Field Site MCAS New River, Field Site MCAS Miramar and Field Site MCAS Kaneohe Bay. Start- ing in January 2017, FRCWP began contracted depot-level maintenance events in Japan as well. As a joint program with the Air Force, Hurlburt Field in Florida has repair capability for the Air Force variant (CV-22) and we will be establishing capability for the CV-22 at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, in October 2017. Working across services presents challenges. Not only are there nomenclature differences, but also philosophical differences in mainte- nance approaches. We have worked closely with the Air Force to meet their needs while still maintaining Marine Corps standards. Establishing capability for airframes repairs in this environment is difficult enough by itself. When the establishment of component workload and chal- lenges in identifying schedules for all of the consumable parts needed are added to the dynamic, providing parts in a timely matter is made even more complicated for DLA. To identify and mitigate all Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) elements, we work closely with the NAVAIR V-22 Program Office (PMA-275), Fleet Support Team (FST), NAVSUP WSS, DLA, type commanders and the V-22 TMS Team to overcome these challenges. COMFRC is part of a joint depot industrial group that meets every year with DoD partners to discuss issues and challenges and identify partnering opportunities. In addition to the Air Force, FRCWP also has memorandums of agreement and understanding to conduct aircraft repairs for the U.S. Army. A&M: From an industry partnering perspective, how are Fleet Readiness Centers working to broaden and strengthen capability implementation efforts? 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