Aircraft Depot Maintenance:

A Single Manager Is Needed to Stop Waste

LCD-78-406: Published: Jul 12, 1978. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 1978.

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The Department of Defense (DOD) spends over $2 billion annually for such aircraft depot maintenance as major overhaul and repair or modification of components, engines, and airframes.

The separate aircraft depot maintenance systems of the three military services waste money, personnel, and materials. Proliferating redundant and underused resources has resulted in such maintenance costing more than necessary.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should either designate or establish a single manager over aircraft depot maintenance. This single manager should be responsible for managing resources, work loads input by the military services, and maintenance of work loads performed by the depots. The military services should continue to be responsible for determining their depot maintenance needs. There should be such technical interfaces between the services and the single manager as service assignments to the depot maintenance organization. The manager should: (1) be required to develop a master plan and program as the basis for future actions toward optimum matching of resources with requirements, peacetime and wartime operations, and efficiently sized military depots; (2) implement uniform cost accounting and management information systems for all aspects of aircraft depot maintenance; and (3) manage aircraft depot maintenance consistent with the master plan.

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