Management Action Needed in the Department of Defense To Realize Benefits From a New System of Aircraft Maintenance
LCD-76-443: Published: Nov 10, 1976. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1976.
- Full Report:
Reliability-centered maintenance, an aircraft maintenance policy that limits routine maintenance in order to reduce costs and increase safety, was evaluated as it applied to the Navy's P-3 program.
Application of the new maintenance concept to the Navy's organizational and depot maintenance programs improved maintenance scheduling, reduced unnecessary work tasks, corrected task distribution between maintenance levels, and resulted in a generally more logical approach to the maintenance function. The Navy may not have achieved maximum benefits from the program because it needs better information systems with which to appraise maintenance programs. The Navy also needs to take specific actions to realize the maximum potential for savings.
Recommendation for Executive Action
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Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should: provide specific guidance to the Military Services on carrying out the reliability-centered maintenance concept; emphasize the importance of well-defined and quantified goals and adequate provisions for monitoring project implementation; require specific reporting on each concept application to insure appropriate action has been taken to maximize and capture resulting benefits; and require the military services to change requirement computations for aircraft.