Best Sustainment Practices Case Studies: Lockheed Martin and Rockwell Collins


This research is now published in Sustaining the Military Enterprise: An Architecture for a Lean Transformation, Auerbach Publications, Taylor & Francis Group, ISBN-13: 978-1-4200-6224-3, December 2007.

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The manuscript is a research project that will research and document the strategies, principles, approaches, and technologies necessary to effectively and efficiently sustain an enterprise and its products. The plan is for the book to have thirteen chapters organized around four subject categories: sustainment analysis and life cycle management; supply chain management techniques integrated with sustainment operations management; improving the enterprise (lean enterprise approaches and transformation strategies); and technologies for sustainability. The manuscript is targeted toward a management and engineering audience interested in sustainment techniques. Sustainment is defined here as the means by which an enterprise is enduring. It also is defined as the maintenance, repair, and/or overhaul practices that keep systems (the products of the enterprise) operating and up-to-date (new technology upgrades) throughout their entire life cycles.


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