Estimating Requirements for Aircraft Recoverable Spares and Depot Repair

Executive Summary

by John Abell

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Aircraft recoverable spares and depot-level component repair are a major annual expenditure for the Air Force. In the mid-1980s, they absorbed roughly $5 billion annually. In this executive summary, Abell suggests initiatives that will enable the Air Force to reduce its investments in aircraft recoverable spares while maintaining roughly its traditional levels of aircraft availability. These initiatives include fundamental changes in policy as well as improvements in requirements estimation techniques. One policy recommendation is to improve the responsiveness of depot-level component repair. Such improvement includes repairing the components that are the most important to the achievement of aircraft availability goals, minimizing the time parts are in the repair pipeline, and responding quickly to urgent, unanticipated demands. A second policy recommendation is to consolidate the storage and management of war readiness spares.

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