ALOG NEWS maintenance (CBM) technologies for Army aircraft.
The agreement will include an integrated set of
diagnostic, prognostic, and system health assess-
DLA TO PURCHASE REPARABLE ITEM ment tools to support Army operations support and
“SPARES” FOR ARMY AND OTHER SERVICES sustainment technology objectives. The technologies
will include corrosion detection, electrical com-
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) will now ponent prognostics, fatigue damage detection, and
procure depot-level reparable (DLR) items for the various rotor system prognostics. They promise to
Army and the other services. The Army Materiel save the Department of Defense (DOD) money and
Command (AMC) previously ordered depot-level man-hours by aiding DOD’s initiative to transition
reparables, such as new tank engines, radar com- the maintenance of weapon systems from time-based
ponents, electronics, and helicopter engines, for the maintenance to condition-based maintenance plus
Army. The transfer of depot-level reparables pro- (CBM+) by 2015.
curement to DLA is the result of a Base Closure and Currently, aviation maintenance is performed on
Realignment (BRAC) Commission recommendation. time schedules that are based on operating hours or
DLA’s ability to provide “joint acquisitions” allows a set number of days. The maintenance may or may
the agency to purchase similar items for all services not be necessary, which can result in unnecessary
at the same time. DLA estimates that the move will man-hours and replacement of parts. CBM+ will
save the Department of Defense $1.9 billion dollars emplace maintenance processes and capabilities to
over the next 20 years. improve operational availability and reduce the main-
“Each of the services will still be responsible for tenance burden.
managing the DLR items, maintaining the inventory, By 2010, the Army aims to meet Science and
selling the item to the units, etc.,” says Gene Duncan, Technology goals (measured against a 2005 fielded
Army Contracting Command deputy director. “The aircraft baseline) for aviation that include—
only thing that changes is that, instead of turning to • Reducing inspections per flight-hour by 25 percent.
their local acquisition centers, the services will go to • Reducing maintenance labor per flight-hour by 8
DLA to buy them.”