Air-Launched Cruise Missile:

Logistics Planning Problems and Implications for Other Weapon Systems

PLRD-82-68: Published: May 10, 1982. Publicly Released: May 10, 1982.

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GAO reviewed the integrated logistics support (ILS) planning for the Air Force's air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) and the related B-52 carrier aircraft modifications programs.

GAO found a number of problems which will inhibit the economy and effectiveness of logistics support for the systems. These problems were primarily caused by the programs' concurrent development and production acquisition strategy, which was adopted to meet the required operational availability date for the ALCM. Specifically, GAO found that: (1) program constraints created special problems for logistics planners, which made it difficult to ensure timely and accurate logistics support; (2) action on suggested design changes to improve logistics supportability was given a low priority; (3) testing programs which would provide needed information on logistics supportability requirements were delayed, and a program to develop depot maintenance capabilities was deferred; and (4) management tools, such as logistics support analysis, life-cycle costing, and budgeting for logistics resources, could be used more effectively. GAO also found that logistics support costs for the ALCM and other cruise-missile variants might be reduced by consolidating depot maintenance for those components which are common to the missile system.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct ALCM and B-52 modification program managers to more effectively use logistics support analysis, life-cycle cost estimating, and logistics budgeting planning data in making logistics decisions for their programs.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for information..

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct ALCM and B-52 modification program managers to more effectively use logistics support analysis, life-cycle cost estimating, and logistics budgeting planning data in making logistics decisions for their programs.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Air Force

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should determine whether cost savings can be achieved by consolidating depot maintenance for common cruise-missile components.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

 

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