P.M.W. Spitters MSc


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Weapon System Management in a Performance Based Logistics environment

The Role of the NL DMO Weapon System Department

July 2012
Scientific Supervisor: Dr. J. Stavenuiter
Expert Supervisor     : M.J.B.M. Lambrichs MSc

The Netherlands Ministry of Defense (NL MOD) uses highly complex weapon system in support of its armed forces. One category of these complex weapon systems are air-based weapon systems. The sustainment of these weapon systems is cost intensive. One of the materiel logistic processes is Weapon System Management (WSM), which intends to sustain a weapon system in de most cost-effective way. Performance Based Logistics (PBL) is a new system support concepts for air-based weapon systems in the NL MOD. The promise of PBL, higher performance and lower life cycle costs, makes this system support concept interesting. Future weapon systems, e.g. the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), are supported by PBL.

Literature indicates issues with the introduction of PBL concepts in relation to WSM. This research is aimed at the effects of PBL might have on WSM especially from a NL DMO perspective. The objective of this research was to provide recommendations to NL DMO for organizing weapon system departments responsible for air-based weapon systems in a PBL environment during the sustainment phase in order to control system cost-effectiveness. This provided the following research question: ‘How to organize a weapon system department within NL DMO for an air-based weapon system with a PBL support concept during the sustainment phase capable of controlling weapon system cost-effectiveness?’

This research started with a literature and field study in order to identify issues with the introduction of PBL concepts on WSM within the NL MOD. Various problems with the introduction of PBL concepts and with WSM within the NL MOD are defined. The present WSM approach limits effective control of weapon system cost-effectiveness. The WSM and WSD organization structures do not support WSM effectively. WSM responsibility and authority is not balanced and matched to organization functions. The WSM consultation structure needs to be adapted to WSM in a PBL environment. Furthermore PBL affects the required knowledge and skill to sustain effective WSM from a NL MOD perspective. Based on the defined problems with the introduction of PBL concepts, Term of Reference (TOR) for a future WSM organization in support of WSM in a PBL environment are defined. The TOR state that controlling weapon system cost-effectiveness in a PBL environment requires an Asset Management Control (AMC) approach, WSM is a PBL environment requires a horizontal organization structure, that WSM responsibility and authority must be balanced and assigned to one single actor, the consultation structure must be adapted to PBL and WSM responsibility and authority and that measures must be taken to sustain WSM knowledge to effectively manage a weapon system in a PBL environment. 

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