This paper presents the author's contention that a continuation of the current time-based failure data policies by all branches of the military forecloses prospects for substantial improvement in predictive maintenance and logistics. A concept is proposed for a stress-based data system that promises an affordable and precise prognostic capability for substantial improvements in combat readiness and logistics costs. The concept, geriometry, evolved during a DARPA-sponsored RAND study of the potential for the application of new technology in the maintenance of Army ground vehicles, in the late 1970s. A proof-of-principle experiment in one or more operating organizational units is necessary to reduce technical uncertainties, as a first step.
Salter, Richard G., Predictive Maintenance and Logistics (PML). Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 1985. https://www.rand.org/pubs/papers/P7104.html. Also available in print form.
Salter, Richard G., Predictive Maintenance and Logistics (PML), Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation, P-7104, 1985. As of June 15, 2021: https://www.rand.org/pubs/papers/P7104.html