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Project Information

Project Information


Sustainment Planning Early in the Development Life Cycle


Project Scope:

An ad hoc committee will be formed to examine the issue of sustainment planning in the Air Force weapons system acquisition cycle. Specifically, the committee will:

1.       Identify at what point or phase of the development of a weapons system should sustainment planning be integrated into the program.
2.       Examine and provide recommendations regarding how sustainment planning should be evaluated throughout the development process.
3.       Investigate and describe the current challenges with sustainment planning and determine what changes have occurred throughout the USAF acquisition process that may have eroded sustainment planning.
4.       Identify opportunities for the USAF acquisition offices to gain greater access to sustainment expertise.

Status: Current

PIN: DEPS-AFSB-18-02

Project Duration (months): 24 month(s)

RSO: Chou, Ellen

Board(s)/Committee(s):

Air Force Studies Board

Topic(s):

Conflict and Security Issues



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 10/19/2018

Frank Kendall - (Chair)
Hon Frank Kendall (Chair) is an independent consultant and served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics from 2012-2017, where he was responsible to the Secretary of Defense for all matters pertaining to acquisition; research and engineering; developmental testing; contract administration; logistics and materiel readiness; installations and environment; operational energy; chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons; the acquisition workforce; and the defense industrial base. Prior to this appointment, from 2010-2012 he served as the Principal Deputy Under Secretary and also as the Acting Under Secretary. Mr. Kendall has over 40 years of experience in engineering, management, defense acquisition, and national security affairs in private industry, government, and the military. He has been a consultant to defense industry firms, non-profit research organizations, and the Department of Defense in the areas of strategic planning, engineering management, and technology assessment. Previously, he served as Vice President of Engineering for Raytheon Company, where he was responsible for management direction to the engineering functions throughout the company and for internal research and development, and as Managing Partner at Renaissance Strategic Advisors, a Virginia-based aerospace and defense sector consulting firm. Within government, Mr. Kendall held the position of Director of Tactical Warfare Programs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the position of Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Strategic Defense Systems. Mr. Kendall is a former member of the Army Science Board and the Defense Intelligence Agency Science and Technology Advisory Board and he has been a consultant to the Defense Science Board and a senior advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Mr. Kendall also spent ten years on active duty with the Army serving in Germany, teaching engineering at West Point, and holding research and development positions. Mr. Kendall is an attorney and has been active in the field of human rights, working primarily on a pro bono basis. He has worked with Amnesty International USA, where he served as a member of the Board of Directors, with Human Rights First, for which he was an observer at Guantanamo, and with the Tahirih Justice Center, where he was Chair of the Board of Directors. A recipient of the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive (Senior Executive Service), Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive (Senior Executive Service), Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal, and National Defense Service Medal, Mr. Kendall is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and he holds a masters degree in aerospace engineering from California Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the C.W. Post Center of Long Island University, and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Andrew E. Busch
Lt Gen (ret) Andrew E. Busch, USAF currently works as a consultant providing strategic insights on a variety of supply chain, industrial operations, and process improvement challenges. He completed 38 years of military service retiring as a Lieutenant General in the United States Air Force in 2017. As an Air Force General, he had 12 years profit/loss experience leading four different supply chain management and aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul businesses. In his final assignment he served as the director of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) responsible for nine Defense Department supply chains including; military clothing, food, medical material, construction equipment, fuel, and the majority of weapon system spare parts. In addition, Lt Gen Busch has significant international experience derived from worldwide business dealings in support of U.S. and partner nation military forces. His early career focused on operational assignments in fighter aircraft maintenance where he commanded three maintenance squadrons. In his later assignments, he specialized in supply chain management and aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul. As a General Officer, he commanded an aircraft MRO depot, the DLA-Aviation supply chain, an Air Force logistics center, culminating in his selection as the 18th Director of the Defense Logistics Agency. He earned his commission in 1979 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He received his master’s degree in Acquisition Logistics Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology Graduate School of Engineering and Management in 1990 and a M.A. in military national resource strategy and policy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1994.
Kathleen M. Dussault
RADM (ret) Kathleen Dussault, USN, a retired Two-Star Admiral of the United States Navy,
is an independent consultant. Admiral Dussault served as the Director of Logistics Programs
and Corporate Operations in the Office of Chief of Naval Operations where she oversaw the
resourcing and operations of Global Logistics for joint military, maritime and Navy customers. In this
capacity she managed implementation and expansion of enterprise resource planning system to
optimize planning, budgeting and execution of multi-billion dollar budget resulting in
improved financial management and decision making across the Naval enterprise. She also served
as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Acquisition where she led an acquisition workforce
of over 8,000 contracting professionals across the Naval enterprise and provided governance for
approval of acquisition plans, strategies and post-award execution of contracting actions in excess of
$70 billion. She served in two battlefield assignments providing operational contracting support
and acquisition oversight as well as positions aboard three deployed ships in in increasingly
challenging roles providing logistical support in a global maritime environment. Admiral Dussault’s
medals and commendations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior
Service Medal and the Bronze Star. She holds a Bachelor of Administration degree in American
Government from the University of Virginia, a Master of Science degree in Procurement Management
(with honors) from Saint Mary’s College of California and a Master of Science degree in national
resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Admiral Dussault is also a graduate
of Cornell’s Graduate School of Business, Senior Executive Program. Admiral Dussault currently
serves on the Board of the Military Officer’s Association of America supporting government policies
that benefit military members and their families.

Mark Harnitchek
VADM (ret) Mark D. Harnitchek, USN (Alternate Chair) is the vice president for Military Aftermarket Sales for Heroux-Devtek, a Canadian landing gear manufacturer. VADM Hartnichek retired from the Department of the Navy in 2015 with over 37 years of service. His last assignment was as director of the Defense Logistics Agency, where he managed a $46 billion, 27,000 personnel enterprise providing global support across nine supply chains: subsistence; clothing and texxtiles; construction and equipment; medical; industrial hardware; aviation systems; land systems; maritime systems; and fuel/energy to the military services and other Federal Agencies. Previously, he was the deputy commander of the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), where he was responsible for leading the global movement of military personnel and equipment. He also directed the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) Deployment and Distribution Operations Center in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. VADM Hartnichek also served as the Vice Director of Logistics on the Joint Staff, which supports the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in his role as the principal military advisor to the President. VADM Harnitchek has served in a variety of sea tours including two submarines, USS Will Rogers (SSBN 659) and USS Buffalo (SSN 715); two ships, USS Holland (AS 32) and USS Proteus (AS 19); and the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). His shore tours include commander of Submarine Group 7, Yokosuka, Japan; the Navy Ships Parts Control Center, Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia; and the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) staff. VADM Harnitchek is a member of the Defense Science Board and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn State University in 1977 and a master's degree in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California in 1987.
Wesley L. Harris
Dr. Wesley L. Harris (NAE), is the Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and former Associate Provost and Head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research focuses on theoretical and experimental unsteady aerodynamics and aeroacoustics, computational fluid dynamics, hemo-dynamics, sustainment of complex systems, and federal government policy impact on procurement of high-technology systems. Prior to this position, he served as the Associate Administrator for Aeronautics at NASA. He has also served as the vice president and chief administrative officer of the University of Tennessee Space Institute and Dean of Engineering, University of Connecticut. Dr. Harris earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in aerospace and mechanical sciences from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts in aerospace engineering (with honors) from the University of Virginia.
Bruce A. Litchfield
Lt Gen (ret) Bruce A. Litchfield, USAF is vice president for sustainment operations for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. In this capacity, he is responsible for the execution and strategic growth of the aeronautics global sustainment business. He also directs operations in Greenville, South Carolina and Montreal, Canada, in addition to Aeronautics Field Team Operations worldwide. He leads a global team dedicated to providing mission readiness support to the U.S. military and allies around the world. Previously, Lt Gen Litchfield served as vice president for production program support for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, where he was responsible for leading the functional management of production programs across multiple geographic sites. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Lt Gen Litchfield served 34 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant General. He commanded six Air Force units at every level from squadron to standing up, and commanding the Air Force Sustainment Center. Additionally, he is the architect of an innovative leadership and governance system called “Art of the Possible.” Throughout his U.S. Air Force career, Lt Gen Litchfield held numerous positions in the areas of operational support, acquisition, and logistics. He was the director of logistics for Pacific Air Forces and a major Joint Task Force. His staff assignments included tours at three Major Commands (MAJCOMs), the Air Staff, and Joint Staff levels. In addition, Lt Gen Litchfield served as the vice commander and deputy program executive officer for Aeronautical Systems Command, where he held program execution responsibilities. The vast portfolio of programs crossed the fighter, bomber, mobility, and training system spectrum. He is certified as a level III program manager in the Department of Defense Acquisition Professional Development Program. Lt Gen Litchfield holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Norwich University and master’s degrees in administration from Georgia College, and national strategy from the Naval War College.
Ozden O. Ochoa
Dr. Ozden Ochoa is Professor Emeritus in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University and a member of the Air Force Studies Board. Dr. Ochoa most recently served as the associate director for Science & Technology at the Army Research Laboratory from 2011-2014. She holds the distinction of professor emerita after 31 years of service at Texas A&M University and continues her research programs as TEES Research Professor in the Department of Mechancial Engineering. Dr. Ochoa was the interim director of Aerospace Sciences and Materials Directorate at U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) from 2005-2006. She actively conducted research and established focus areas in composites as the senior technologist (Composites-ST) at the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at Wright- Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio from 2003-2005. From 1999 to 2005, Dr. Ochoa was an advisor to the NATO Science for Peace Project working with a team of Canadian, Russina, Belarusian, and Ukrainian scientists and engineers. As a program manager at AFOSR from 1997-1999, she developed the portfolio for Mechanics of Composites as a fundamental research area. Dr. Ochoa spent a year in 1986 at Bell Helicopter Textron to implement fracture mechanics of composites into design and development of helicopter blades. Her on-campus leadership at Texas A&M University includes service as associate dean of Graduate Studies and Thrust Area Lead for Composite Structure and Materials at the NSF TAMU-UT Offshore Technology Research Center. Dr. Ochoa’s research in computational and experimental mechanics of composites in aerospace, offshore, automotive, and medical applications has taken her around the world delivering invited lectures including Europe, Australia, Asia-Pacifics, Africa, Middle East, and the Americas. Her research contributions in mechanics of composite materials and structures with applications in the aerospace, offshore, and automotive industries have culminated in over 200 journal and proceeding publications, technical reports, and one book. As service to the scientific community, Dr. Ochoa consisently takes on leadership roles to enhance educational and professional growth of scientists and engineers. She completed a two-year term (2011-2013) as the president of the Executive Council of the International Committee for Composite Materials. Earlier, she served as the president of the American Society for Composites from 2006 to 2007 and on the Board of Governors of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers from 2004 to 2007. Among her many honors are 2012 ASTM D30 Wayne Stinchcomb Memorial Award, 2005 American Society for Composites-Destech Award in Composites; American Society of Mechanical Engineers Dedicated Service Award; Texas A&M University International Excellence Award; and the Texas A&M University Honors Program Teacher/Scholar Award and International Excellance Award. In 1997, she was named to the Texas A&M Mechanical Engineering Academy of Distinguished Graduates. She was recognized in 2003 as a Texas A&M Dwight Look College of Engineering Fellow. Dr. Ochoa also devotes time to advance the appreciation of arts as a board member on Embassy Series-Washington, DC; a member of National Museum of Women in the Arts -Texas State Committee; a member of Founders’ Circle of Festival Hill; TAMU Opera and Performing Arts Society, Brazos Valley Arts Council; and Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra and many other performing art groups and museums in Texas and DC. Dr. Ochoa holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Bogazici University (Robert College) in Turkey, and a master’s degree in nuclear engineering and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, both from Texas A&M University.
Christina L. Truesdale
Ms. Christina L. Truesdale is Senior Logistics Operations Manager for KBR Wyle, Inc., where she manages multiple storerooms and warehouses for Ironsmoke Operations. She is responsible for all aspects of government property management that includes the planning and execution of all logistics support for the organization. She serves as the focal point for all logistics matters by coordinating with internal and external organizations and supervises acquisition, warehouse personnel, property management office, transportation, maintenance, and support operations and oversees the operating system, Sunflower, management of data entry, requisitiions supplies and equipment, processes change documents and maintains all associated files. Previously, Ms. Truesdale worked as property manager at Textron Corporations, where she managed over 30 contracts and provided guidance in managing over $700 million in government property and oversaw operations in four separate geographic locations. Ms. Truesdale began her career in logistics in 1989-1994 with the Maryland Army National Guard, and 1994-2014 with the United States Army where she provided support to numerous operating units both stateside and overseas. She received her B.A. in criminal justice with a minor in logistics from Wayland Baptist University and a M.A. in performance improvement from Grantham University. Ms. Truesdale holds the title Certified Professional Property Manager (CPPM) Consulting Fellow (CF) with the National Property Management Association (NPMA).
Angela L. Tymofichuk
Ms. Angela L. Tymofichuk is vice president for Science, Technology and Research at Logistics Specialities, Inc., where she specializes in research and development commercialization, business and economic development, and sponsored research/grants with specific interest in dual-use technologies. Previously as a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), she served as the Director of Engineering and Technical Management at the Air Force Sustainment Center (AFSC), Tinker Air Force Base, OK, where she was respnsible for the development, implementation, and oversight of the Center’s technical policies, processes, databases, and goals and standards, as well as the overall scientific and engineering expertise for the AFSC. Her technical workforce consisted of more than 4,500 science and engineering professionals spanning three states and covering diverse workload portfolios spanning aircraft structures and composites through software development. Ms. Tymofichuk has successfully led the development and implementation of numerous science and technology programs resulting in innovative research, testing and evaluation assessments, strategic directives, partnerships, teaming arrangements, and technology transitions/commercialization. She is the military liaison for the Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI) and recently served as innovation lead on the survey of Utah’s carbon composites cluster, identifying, engaging, and interviewing 58 of Utah’s composite industries. Ms. Tymofichuk received her Bachelor of Science degree in physics and mathematics from Northern Kentucky University, her M.S. in optical sciences from the University of Arizona, and a M.S. in national resource management, from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
David Venlet
VADM (ret) David J. Venlet, USN consults independently in aerospace and defense. He serves as an outside director with Chemring Group, Inc. and is chairman of the audit committee. VADM (ret) Venlet is a member of the Defense Business Board advising the Secretary of Defense and served as chairman of the Defense Acquisition University’s Board of Visitors. He delivers value creating insight and strategy options for clients drawing upon his record of results in stabilizing performance and restoring trust in the largest and most complex defense procurement program. He managed the $390 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Brought in by the Secretary of Defense to lead the program when it was facing possible cancellation by Congress, he worked alongside a committeed joint government and industry team that stablized performance in test and production. With transparency and realism in high-risk communications, he restored trust in the program by the United States and numerous partner nations. Previously, he led a 24,000 person $30 billion organization, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), providng engineering, test, logistics, contracting, financial and program management support for Department of the Navy aviation acquisition. NAVAIR provided sustainment for over 3,000 aircraft and unmanned vehicles, enabling global aviation operatins by the Navy and Marine Corps. VADM Venlet served ten years as a flag officer with 22 years in acquisition management following fleet operations as an F-14 Tomcat pilot. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, the Naval Postgraduate School, and the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

Events



Location:

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418
Event Type :  
Meeting

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Ellen Chou
Contact Email:  EChou@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2439

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Some sessions are open and some sessions are closed

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Frank Kendall
Andrew E. Busch
Kathleen M. Dussault
Mark D. Harnitchek
Wesley L. Harris
Ozden Ochoa
Christina L. Truesdale
Angela L. Tymofichuk

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Report structure and future meeting planning

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Early draft outlines of report sections

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
February 21, 2019
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

Second data gathering session. 


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Ellen Chou
Contact Email:  EChou@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2439

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Some sessions are open and some sessions are closed

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Frank Kendall
Andrew Busch
Kathleen Dussault
Mark Harnitchek
Wesley Harris
Bruce Litchfield
Ozden Ochoa
Christina Truesdale
Angela Tymofichuk
David Venlet

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Report structure
Future briefings
Future Data Gathering and writing sessions

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Draft outline of report

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
January 25, 2019
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
Workshop

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Ellen Chou
Contact Email:  EChou@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2439

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
Meeting

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Ellen Chou
Contact Email:  EChou@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2439

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Some sessions are open and some sessions are closed

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Frank Kendall
Andrew Busch
Kathleen Dussault
Mark Harnitchek
Wesley Harris
Bruce Litchfield
Ozden Ochoa
Christina Trusdale
Angela Tymofichuk

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Study and Workshop planning.
Site visits.
Future Speakers.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
November 07, 2018
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

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