The Navy Does Not Know if It Has Too Much Electronic/Electrical Depot Maintenance Capability, Too Little, or the Right Kind

LCD-80-3: Published: Nov 2, 1979. Publicly Released: Nov 2, 1979.

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The management of depot maintenance of electronic-electrical items at Navy shipyards, naval air rework facilities, and naval electronic systems engineering centers was reviewed at 18 locations. Equipment is maintained at depots or contractor plants when it needs maintenance which requires more extensive facilities and equipment and more skilled personnel than are available at lower maintenance levels. The objective of depot maintenance is to sustain weapon and end-item systems in a state of operational readiness, consistent with the mission requirements of the operating or tactical elements, and at the least cost.

The Navy's in-house depot maintenance of electronic-electrical equipment costs more than $275 million per year. While it has made broad wartime planning assumptions to identify projected gross operating levels for its industrial complex, the Navy has not determined its mobilization requirements in terms of specific resources needed. This failure to equate projected wartime usage with the need for specific facilities, equipment, and skills has resulted in the development of electronic/electrical capacity far in excess of peacetime requirements. Insufficient information concerning requirements and resources, inadequate long-range planning, and an inclination towards self-sufficiency and autonomy at the installation level have hindered proper depot sizing.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Navy should identify mobilization maintenance workload requirements and translate them into specific maintenance resources, such as facilities, equipment, and skills; distribute this workload among Navy, commercial, and other military service facilities; and develop a master plan to properly size the available resources. This plan should include a timetable for phasing out excesses, consolidating underused capabilities, and spending available funds to alleviate shortages and to renovate or upgrade those facilities which are needed. The Secretary of the Navy should instruct the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to examine the justification for the already approved $1.9 million worth of equipment and consider existing equipment at North Island and other Department of Defense depots when evaluating future procurement of equipment at North Island. The Secretary of the Navy should direct the Naval Sea Systems Command to evaluate alternatives to completing the top two floors of Philadelphia's Building 1000. The Secretary of the Navy should also direct the Commander, Alameda Naval Air Rework Facility, to disapprove the creation of a printed circuit board manufacturing capability at Alameda, unless Alameda can demonstrate that the other capabilities (in-house and contractor) cannot satisfy Alameda's requirements. The Secretary of the Navy should direct the Commander of NAVAIR, to the extent consistent with mission requirements, to: transfer the balance of the Air Identification Marks System (AIMS) program from Alameda to Pensacola and require that Alameda obtain its AIMS instruments through the supply system; require Alameda to transfer its AIMS equipment to Pensacola; and require that Pensacola delete the $518,000 AIMS automatic test system from its requirements list and use Alameda's.

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