Designing for Transportability
In case you had not already seen it, the Army yesterday issued a new version of Army Regulation 70-47, Engineering for Transportability Program. This updated version provides Department of the Army policy for transportability engineering in the acquisition process. Why is this important? From a policy perspective, it implements the requirements of DoD Directive 4510.11 "DoD Transportation Engineering” and DoD Instruction 4540.07 “Operation of the DoD Engineering for Transportability and Deployability Program.” From a “boots on the ground” perspective, in order to rapidly, effectively, and efficiently transport materiel to locations virtually anywhere on the globe, a range of weapon systems must be mobile, readily deployable and therefore transportable in order to meet warfighter requirements. Therefore, it is critically important that systems and sustaining engineers, life cycle logicians, product support managers, test & evaluation professionals, and program managers in particular understand their roles and responsibilities in “ensuring transportability requirements are considered in all phases of development and that materiel systems are designed, engineered, and constructed in accordance with the requirements of the Engineering for Transportability Program.” It goes without saying, of course, that transportability (like reliability, availability, maintainability, and supportability) is an important consideration not only across a system’s life cycle, but across the Department of Defense as well.