Developing Robust Support Structures for High-Technology Subsystems

The AH-64 Apache Helicopter

by Marc Robbins, Morton B. Berman, Douglas W. McIver, W. E. Mooz, John F. Schank

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Using data on the high-technology subsystems of the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, this report hypothesizes five alternative logistics structures (two traditional ones that rely on conventional depot support of intermediate repair and three that focus on more responsive support) and evaluates them in terms of comparative cost-effectiveness and robustness. The study found that the responsive support alternatives featuring Special Repair Activity support of critical items or fast-turnaround continental U.S. (CONUS) depots tied to the theater by assured rapid transportation offer a means for providing cost-effective support of the Apache in a variety of conditions. The research substantiates previous RAND research on the M-1 tank that argued that the Army must increase the responsiveness in its logistics structures or face a loss in combat capability.

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