An Appraisal of Logistics Support Costs Used in the Air Force IROS Program

by Marco R. Fiorello, Patricia K. Dey


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Evaluates the K051 logistic support cost reports used by the Air Force IROS program. This program, in an effort to increase the reliability of operational systems, collects detailed cost data from these reports on weapon systems and subsystems. The K051 cost reports were assessed by comparing their costs to reference costs from other data collection systems at the base and depot levels, for the Air Force Corsair II. It is seen that the K051 reports do not reflect certain pertinent support costs, such as costs for weapon system aerospace ground equipment, maintenance, modification hardware, and certain spares. Even in those categories for which the K051 reports do provide costs, they are reported incompletely and in a disproportionate manner. Recommendations are made for correcting and extending the IROS K051 reports.

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