AFLCMC captures two Performance Based Logistics awards

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- In an Oct. 17 memo, Frank Kendall, the Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, announced the winners of the 2014 Secretary of Defense Performance Based Logistics awards, with programs managed by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center claiming two of the three awards.

The system level award went to the F-22 System Program Office, which is part of the Fighters/Bombers Directorate located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The F-22 Program Office implemented a performance based logistics solution between Air Combat Command , Air Force Materiel Command's air logistics complexes, Lockheed Martin, Pratt and Whitney and Boeing for the F-22 fleet, which resulted in a record-high 71 percent mission capable rate. Additionally, there were significant improvements in the Aircraft Abort Rate, which averaged 5.1 percent for the year against a fleet exceptional goal of 6.5 percent. This reduced the cost per flight hour, saving $20 million in operating and support costs in 2013.

The Precision Attack System Program Office earned the sub-system level award for the sniper advanced targeting pod. The office is part of the Electronic Warfare and Avionics Division located at Robins AFB, Georgia, which in turn is part of the Agile Combat Support Directorate.

Implementation of a performance based logistics solution between the Precision Attack System Program Office and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control personnel delivered exceptional support of 358 sniper pods used by the Air Force and Air National Guard on multiple platforms - including the F-15E, F-16 Block 30-50, B-1 and B-52 -- at operational and training locations around the world.  The performance based logistics arrangement improved readiness by 14 percent while simultaneously reducing operating and support costs by $77.3 million.

John Miller, Program Executive Officer and Director, Agile Combat Support, said the precision attack team deserves all the credit for its innovative performance based logistics solution for the affected sniper advanced targeting pods.

"From an acquisition and product support life cycle management perspective, this award continues to demonstrate the value of our Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics better buying power initiatives and tools to increase efficiency and effectiveness of our acquisition efforts," Miller said. "Most importantly, however, is the impact of the team's work, which translates into improved readiness for our Air Force aircraft worldwide!"

The 2014 winners will be recognized at the Product Support Manager Workshop in January 2015.

Performance-based logistics is the Department of Defense product support strategy to deliver weapon system readiness. Performance-based logistics is an outcome-based support strategy that provides an integrated support solution that balances warfighter readiness and affordability. This is based on output measures, such as weapon system availability and operations and support costs, rather than input measures.

Overall management of the Secretary of Defense Performance-Based Logistics awards program is performed by the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Logistics and Materiel Readiness, in affiliation with the Defense Acquisition University and the Aerospace Industries Association.