Versatile, swift, and strong. The use of the V-22 Osprey, the first operationally available tilt-rotor aircraft with a medium lift capability, has grown tremendously within the U.S. Air Force (CV-22 version) and U.S. Marine Corps (MV-22 version) since its first operational deployment in 2007. In fact, the V-22 has proven so popular for its ability to perform small-unit, short-notice missions in austere environments—including antiterror operations, antidrug trafficking, and humanitarian assistance—that its demand has exceeded expectations, increasing every year.
As use of the V-22 platform expands, the product support base must mature in parallel to be ready to meet maintenance and repair needs and maximize aircraft operational availability. To help ensure that product support, the Marine Corps and Air Force turned to LMI for a V-22 Osprey Independent Readiness Review.
Our Support Is Just as Versatile
LMI’s V-22 readiness review drew on our myriad logistics and supply chain resources. We took a holistic approach involving 13 detailed lines of analysis organized into the major factors of materiel sustainment, total force structure, and program management. To deliver this complex analysis, we engaged staff members from across LMI, including members of our Acquisition and Product Support, Maintenance and Readiness, Math Modeling, Organizational and Human Capital Solutions, and Supply Chain Management groups.
In addition, we engaged a team of subcontractors and independent contractors to bring niche capability, and we created a senior advisory group comprising retired Marine Corps and Air Force executives to provide guidance and in-depth understanding of the unique culture and concerns of our client.
Multifaceted Modules for a Multi-Mission Aircraft
To meet our clients’ demands for robust, credible analysis, we built an analytical model to evaluate courses of action and support our recommendations. This model is a simulation built on the commercial Abridged Petri Nets (APN) tool that allows analysis at the squadron level and aggregation to the fleet level.
Recognizing the need for analytically rigorous inputs to this model, LMI has used a broad range of “best of breed” modules to perform detailed analysis of the various factors affecting readiness and to provide high-quality inputs to the APN tool. Other modules included LMI’s award-winning Peak/NextGen tool, which looks at consumable spare parts, and the Aircraft Sustainability Model—our proven application for optimizing the inventory investment needed to achieve target system readiness.
Our Roadmap Drives the V-22 Osprey’s Lasting Success
Our model is sophisticated enough to understand that hiring more people to maintain the aircraft will not lead to the proper outcomes without the right training system in place and that additional parts in inventory will not improve aircraft readiness without enough trained people to install them. Together, these powerful tools baseline current fleet performance, allow users to perform “what-if” analyses of the readiness and cost impacts of proposed changes to various components of the support program, and identify issues and gaps in aircraft, crew, and maintenance personnel readiness.
More than just a review, our goal was to prepare a roadmap, complete with data-driven recommendations, highlighting areas of targeted investment for military leaders. Our innovative analytical tools and recommended courses of action afford a broad perspective that stems from our use of both quantitative and qualitative methods—ensuring the lasting success of the V-22 Osprey.
William Dinnison is the program director for the Joint Logistics program at LMI. Joint logistics is the coordinated use, synchronization, and sharing of resources to field a logistically ready joint force.