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New GAO Report on Reliability

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued an important new report at https://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-20-151 entitled "GAO-20-151 Defense Acquisitions: Senior Leaders Should Emphasize Key Practices to Improve Weapon System Reliability".  This is a must-read for all DoD product support managers and life cycle logistics professionals. According to the GAO, "the commercial companies GAO reviewed proactively address reliability. They strive to identify reliability issues at the component level early in the development process to avoid expensive rework after producing an entire system. GAO found these companies focus on the following key practices: 

  1. Leveraging reliability engineers early and often
  2. Establishing realistic reliability requirements
  3. Emphasizing reliability with their suppliers
  4. Employing reliability engineering activities to improve a system's design throughout development
 

GAO found that the seven Department of Defense (DOD) acquisition programs it reviewed did not consistently adhere to these key practices. These programs often prioritized schedule and cost over incorporating the key reliability practices, and these systems generally were not as reliable as promised.  The GAO went on to state "…DOD has taken steps to accelerate weapon system development, and decision-making authority has been delegated to the military services. In an environment emphasizing speed, without senior leadership focus on a broader range of key reliability practices, DOD runs the risk of delivering less reliable systems than promised to the warfighter and spending more than anticipated on rework and maintenance of major weapon systems." 

The GAO also recommended that: "…the Secretaries of the Air Force, Army, and Navy highlight the importance of three key reliability practices: leveraging reliability engineers, establishing realistic reliability requirements, and employing reliability engineering activities to improve a system's design throughout development. 


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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued an important new report at https://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-20-151 entitled "GAO-20-151 Defense Acquisitions: Senior Leaders Should Emphasize Key Practices to Improve Weapon System Reliability".  This is a must-read for all DoD product support managers and life cycle logistics professionals. According to the GAO, "the commercial companies GAO reviewed proactively address reliability. They strive to identify reliability issues at the component level early in the development process to avoid expensive rework after producing an entire system. GAO found these companies focus on the following key practices: 

  1. Leveraging reliability engineers early and often
  2. Establishing realistic reliability requirements
  3. Emphasizing reliability with their suppliers
  4. Employing reliability engineering activities to improve a system's design throughout development
 

GAO found that the seven Department of Defense (DOD) acquisition programs it reviewed did not consistently adhere to these key practices. These programs often prioritized schedule and cost over incorporating the key reliability practices, and these systems generally were not as reliable as promised.  The GAO went on to state "…DOD has taken steps to accelerate weapon system development, and decision-making authority has been delegated to the military services. In an environment emphasizing speed, without senior leadership focus on a broader range of key reliability practices, DOD runs the risk of delivering less reliable systems than promised to the warfighter and spending more than anticipated on rework and maintenance of major weapon systems." 

The GAO also recommended that: "…the Secretaries of the Air Force, Army, and Navy highlight the importance of three key reliability practices: leveraging reliability engineers, establishing realistic reliability requirements, and employing reliability engineering activities to improve a system's design throughout development. 


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