Accession Number : ADA133954

Title :   Fix-Forward: A Comparison of the Army's Requirements and Capabilities for Forward Support Maintenance,


Personal Author(s) : Nauta,Frans

PDF Url : ADA133954

Report Date : Apr 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 173

Abstract : The Army's concept of forward maintenance support is patterned after the methods used by the Israeli Defense Force during the 1973 Middle-East War. The concept emphasizes the performance of repairs on-site or as far forward as possible, rather than retrograding inoperable weapon systems for repair. Our review of Army maintenance practices, including support of seven new systems, reveals that the Army's capability to fix-forward falls far short of its needs. To achieve adequate forward maintenance support, the Army must: Dramatically improve the capabilities of forward-echelon maintenance units, especially organizational-level units, by providing better training, test equipment, and test equipment support; Establish battle damage assessment and repair capabilities; Clarify fix-forward maintenance policy, including its implications for task allocation, level of repair analysis, and wartime workload analysis, and Provide intensive management of the key system characteristic influencing fix-forward potential: testability. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Forward areas, *Maintenance management, *Logistics support, *Army, Test equipment, Diagnostic equipment, Operational readiness, Combat readiness, Logistics management, Combat areas, Repair, Weapon systems, Defense systems, Maintenance personnel, Management planning and control

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE