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Title: The Impact of Maintenance Free Operating Period Approach to Acquisition Approaches, System Sustainment, and Costs
Authors: Thomas J. Housel
Sandy Hom
Nickolas H. Guertin
Keywords: Maintenance Free Operating Period
Acquisition Planning
Open Architecture
Business Model
Integrated Logistics Support
Issue Date: 7-Jan-2013
Publisher: Acquisition Research Program
Citation: Published--Unlimited Distribution
Series/Report no.: Maintenance Free Operating Period
Abstract: Current acquisitions, logistics, and system sustainment practices in the U.S. Navy are not fully capitalizing on commercial-sector best practices. In addition, the Navy does not have a consistent approach to system maintenance and sustainment. Could the maintenance free operating period (MFOP) approach be a game changer? This paper evaluates the potential impact of MFOP principles on processes, procedures, and costs in acquisition planning. It investigates MFOP and reviews the results of a 2005 submarine pilot program and the 2009 surface ship demonstration involving the concept. Control of total ownership cost (TOC) is a continuing initiative to manage costs over the entire life cycle of a weapon system. There are several major categories of costs that contribute to Total Ownership Cost but the principal categories are (1) R&D, (2) Production, (3) Operating and Support, and (4) Disposal.
Description: Logistics Management / NPS Faculty Research
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