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Diagnosing the Army's equipment readiness : the equipment downtime analyzer
Peltz, Eric, 1968-
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Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2002.
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xxvii, 82 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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"Prepared for the United States Army."

"MR-1481-A"--P. [4] of cover.
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To keep its equipment ready to fight, the Army needs metrics that fully portray its condition both in the motor pool and during missions. These metrics should connect underlying logistics processes and equipment reliability to equipment readiness results so that the Army can target its resources effectively. The Equipment Downtime Analyzer provides an integrated set of metrics that tie equipment sustainment and reliability to equipment readiness.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. iii
Figuresp. vii
Tablesp. ix
Summaryp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Glossaryp. xxv
Chapter 1 Comprehensive Equipment Readiness Metrics Are Vitalp. 1
Chapter 2 The Need for Improved Army Equipment Readiness Metricsp. 5
Why Measure? Unit Status Reportingp. 5
How Does the Army Measure Equipment Readiness Today?p. 7
Short-Term Variation in Equipment Readiness Is a Function of Training Schedulesp. 7
A Closer Look at One Battalion Illustrates the True Volatility of Equipment Readinessp. 10
Improving Equipment Readiness Measurementp. 15
A Broader Look at Equipment Readinessp. 18
Metrics Should Also Reveal the "Why" Behind Equipment Readinessp. 18
Closing the Measurement Gapp. 23
Chapter 3 A New Picture of Equipment Readinessp. 25
How the EDA Worksp. 26
Root-Level Source Datap. 26
Building Repair and Failure Recordsp. 28
A New Construct for Repair Recordsp. 30
Constructing Exercise and Unit Historiesp. 32
Exercises Become Apparent in the Richer Portrayal of Equipment Readinessp. 35
Chapter 4 Using the EDA to Gain Insight into Failure Ratesp. 39
The EDA Diagnostic Treep. 39
Case Study 1 A Failure Rate Problemp. 41
High Failures During Gunnery Led to Higher Failure and NMC Ratesp. 41
Are Some Tanks "Lemons"? Do Some Crews Disproportionately Cause Failures?p. 44
Identifying the Parts That Drive Readinessp. 46
Chapter 5 Using the EDA to Gain Insight into the Repair Processp. 49
Case Study 2 A Repair Time Problemp. 49
The Segments of the Repair Processp. 51
The "Why" Behind Broke-To-Fix Timep. 54
Workaroundsp. 58
Customer Wait Timep. 63
Chapter 6 The Path Aheadp. 71
Developing the EDAp. 71
EDA Implementationp. 72
Creating a Seamless, Integrated Equipment Readiness Data Environmentp. 73
Improving the EDA Through Future Army Information System Designp. 75
Conclusionp. 78
Bibliographyp. 81