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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2009
naVY SuPPLY nEWSLEttER autumn 2009 39 maritime Sustainment and Support: the Future A recent restructure of Maritime Systems Division (MSD) resulted in the creation of the Directorate of Maritime Sustainment Support (DMARSS). Absorbing the Logistic Data and Allowances (LDA) area and expanding its charter, the business of DMARSS is to coordinate sustainment performance and agreements with the aim of reducing the logistic cost of ownership across the MSD. This is achieved by utilising data collection, quality control and analysis of sustainment systems in order to measure performance. The areas of performance measured and reported to MSD Executive include: • Maritime Sustainment Arrangement Key Performance Indicators, • Configuration and Maintenance Systems Management, and • Inventory Effectiveness and Logistics Compliance. DMARSS is now assisting in sustainment issues pertaining to supply, maintenance and configuration. The intent is the implementation of sustainment initiatives and the development of strategic plans for the future of maritime sustainment. So where are we heading and what do we want to achieve? Simply, a ‘Logistics Nirvana’: harmony amongst the configuration, maintenance and inventory management systems! These areas are closely related and interdependent upon each other. Without an understanding of our equipment and its maintenance requirements, effective inventory management cannot be provided. The connection between these functional areas requires management of their relationships and the integration of their support systems towards a common goal. While simple in theory, the objective is difficult to achieve without creation of the correct environment. The diagram below briefly outlines the key areas that need to be addressed. The starting point is to ensure that our current logistic systems are providing adequate and accurate data that can be relied upon in decision making. The goal is a single and accurate configuration baseline that, once realised, can be the basis for accurate maintenance plans and inventory management practices. There are numerous logistic systems used throughout MSD which all address niche aspects of either Supply or Equipment Maintenance and Engineering. These systems (configuration, maintenance and inventory) require integration and regular monitoring in order to keep the fleet operating at maximum capability. Logistic modelling will assist us in achieving our required end state as demonstrated below. BY LEut n. ConnEW, Ran The extent of current data deficiencies is best demonstrated by reviewing the results of configuration validation inspections. Validations conducted from 2001-2007, covering approximately 74% of the fleet, identified an 18.5% deficiency between the state of equipment in the system and what was actually found onboard. Anomalies in the core configuration data have led to obsolete allowances, excess inventory, delayed/risk managed maintenance, inadequate SAL effectiveness, and reduction in the ability to accurately determine requirements. The validation process provides a means of identifying deficiencies and initiates action to have them rectified. However, corrective action should be initiated as soon as a discrepancy is found. Stores demands need to be scrutinised to identify what demands are being made for items of supply that are not recorded in the NAVALLOW configuration baseline. This responsibility lies jointly between the maintenance department to identify when making the demands and the stores department when processing and reviewing inventory management. Submitting a NAVALLOW feedback, APL or OAL Change Request form, as appropriate, will identify the problem and initiate LDA action to rectify. We should all make it our personal responsibility to consciously review what we demand and procure. VALIDATION RESULTS BY TOTAL FLEET VA - Recorded Not Fitted 9203,6.38% VA - Fitted & Recorded 117531,81.50% Total Discrepancies 26582,18.50% VA - Fitted Not Recorded 17477,12.12% ‘Logistics Nirvana’ cannot be achieved in the short term. While long term strategy is being developed, the short term strategy to pave the way forward is already being realised. DMARSS and LSA-N have identified some key areas for short term improvement towards inventory management reform. • Establishing a single Configuration Baseline • Complying with SSDS IT and Financial Control Frameworks • Implementing continuous inventory review to eliminate obsolete/ unnecessary inventory • Reviewing item management to ensure cost effective management • Ensuring contracting arrangements reduce time and cost for procurement Data Systems Integration Logistic Modelling Logistics Nirvana • Ensuring effective maintenance management systems are in place to support inventory management • Configuration Baseline • Maintenance Plans • Codification • Configuration Management systems • Maintenance Management Systems • Inventory Management Systems • Inventory Requirements • Maintenance Plans • Sustainment Analysis • Decision making aids The right equipment in the right place at the right time, supplied in the most economical manner In the current economic climate, with increasing budget constraints, the review, revision, and revitalisation of our inventory management practices has never been more important. The list above outlines the areas where decisive internal reform can be realised within the next year leading to more accurate information and reduced waste. Ultimately, this will enable the RAN to use its resources more efficiently and lessen the impact of the logistic footprint of Maritime Systems Division. Further information on DMARSS can be obtained from the DRN website http://intranet.defence.gov.au/dmoweb/sites/DMARSS/comweb. asp?page=30258&Title=Welcome