Defense is the best protection
Proactive obsolescence management is the most affordable way to protect legacy military platforms, thereby ensuring they are always ready for action.
During war time, the situation called for readiness at any cost. This was sustained by high budgets, concentrated operational tempos, agile modernization programs and quick turn reset, supported by a stable and focused industrial base. Post war time, smaller budgets driven by sequestration require the right readiness and the right cost. Today’s environment features declining operational tempos over more dispersed geography, with more calculated reset and a refocused industrial base, which is moving offshore.
Supporting aging systems
To drive this transition, the Department of Defense (DoD) has had to focus on supporting its legacy platforms and aging systems. These systems are prone to obsolescence because they outlive the current industry’s rapid technology turn. DoD modernization programs have also borne the brunt of budget reduction, brought about by sequestration. Industry, which historically supported these programs, has therefore shifted its focus to other market segments, or to overseas markets. This leaves the defense markets subject to an ever growing shortage of mission critical material.
Crestwood Technology Group (CTG) has recognized this problem and developed what it describes as sustainable, cost effective solutions in response. The company believes that reactive approaches to sustainability are antiquated and can lead to huge cost overruns and decreased readiness. Piece part obsolescence related redesigns are being made without the results of comprehensive logistics and engineering analysis. CTG therefore offers a variety of proactive management tools in the areas of diminishing manufacturing sources (DMS), long lead time and technology changes. This approach is said to stop sustainment and operating cost growth by reducing costs and implementing life-cycle cost reduction initiatives.