DRIVE (Distribution and Repair in Variable Environments)

Enhancing the Responsiveness of Depot Repair

by John Abell, Louis W. Miller, Curtis E. Neumann, Judith E. Payne


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This report describes the development and demonstration in prototype form of an improved approach to certain aspects of the management of component repair workload at Air Logistics Centers (ALCs). Specifically, current "snapshots" of the worldwide asset position, coupled with specified aircraft availability goals at bases and item characteristics drawn from standard Air Force Logistics Command (AFLC) data systems, are used by a computer-based algorithm called DRIVE (Distribution and Repair in Variable Environments) to prioritize component repairs and allocate the assets to locations worldwide in a way that approximately maximizes the probability of achieving the availability goals. The approach contrasts sharply with the current component repair system in which component repairs are a matter of negotiation at the ALC based on estimated repair requirements stated by the item manager and asset data that are six to nine months old at the time the repairs take place. The report also describes the policy and implementation issues that AFLC needs to resolve before fielding a production version of this improved approach.

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