The U.S. Navy's aviation maintenance capability suffers from supportability issues because of its antiquated software architecture and codebase. This report presents the results of an analysis of alternatives for fielding the Naval Aviation Maintenance System, which is intended to help modernize the Navy's afloat and ashore maintenance capabilities. The authors find that the Navy should migrate to a commercial off-the-shelf solution.
Navy and Marine Forces Center
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The Navy and Marine Forces Center (NMF) helps the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), allied maritime and amphibious forces, and other clients manage acquisition, sustainment, personnel, force development, and strategy issues. Employing a range of analytical approaches— including cost-effectiveness analyses, risk assessments, technology surveys, industrial base reviews, and personnel and operational evaluations—NMF investigates personnel readiness, power projection, and expeditionary operations; platform and system costs; interoperability demands; logistics, technology, and industrial capabilities; and Marine force intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.
Formal requirements for naval surface fire support (NSFS) — a way for the U.S. Navy to provide the equivalent of artillery support for forces operating ashore — are sometimes vague. For that reason, RAND researchers conducted an assessment of these requirements and programs and developed recommendations for changes to these requirements. Researchers also examined possible technological investments and solutions that could be considered by the Navy.
Research Focus Areas
Shipbuilding, Maintenance, Logistics, and Sustainment
NMF evaluates competition, management, and workforce issues facing shipbuilders and ship maintainers. Our research—on cost trends and estimating techniques, production and workforce management, risk controls, contracting, inventory management, facilities planning, process improvements, and related factors—helps U.S. and allied leaders control costs and hedge against risk. NMF guidance also helps improve the readiness, efficiency, and reliability of USMC logistics operations in highly fluid situations.
Force Employment in Naval and Amphibious Expeditionary Operations
NMF analyzes options for future amphibious shipping, for using auxiliary ships in crisis response missions, and for supporting amphibious operations with expeditionary ground reconnaissance teams. Our expertise in information architectures and networks, software services, information assurance, remotely piloted vehicles, and C4ISR modeling helps commanders make better operational and tactical decisions.
Marine Corps Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
Marine Corps forces need to tailor intelligence efforts to meet evolving demands. NMF supports the USMC's Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Enterprise with wargaming, analysis, and research assistance.
To support system acquisition, NMF researchers conduct analyses of alternatives, evaluate system costs, and explore technical and programmatic risks. Analysts sort through requirement priorities, develop concepts of operation, and model and evaluate system performance across numerous operational settings.
Navy and Marine Corps Personnel Readiness
NMF teams assess the Navy's and USMC's personnel readiness, measurement methods, diversity programs, training infrastructures, and unit and individual training— all through quantitative and qualitative analyses.