Making Contractual Component Repair More Responsive to Air Force Needs

by John Abell, Mary E. Chenoweth

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This research brief describes work documented in Contractual Component Repair Policy: A Key to Improving Depot Responsiveness (MR-440-AF).

Excerpt: The U.S. Air Force is spending a large and growing share of its depot-level repair and maintenance budget on private contractors. In 1992, almost one-third of Air Force expenditures on depot-level repair and maintenance — $1.2 billion of a total $3.7 billion — went to contractors. In 1994, contractual repair apparently consumed some 40 percent of depot-level maintenance expenditures. As the Air Force's reliance on contractual repair grows, so does the need for greater responsiveness, in other words, repair that is timely, relevant, and robust. A repair system is relevant if it is always repairing next the asset that will do the combat force the most good. It is robust if it holds up under uncertain repair demands.

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