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Operating and Support Cost Analysis Model (OSCAM)

Last Updated : 05/31/2017

Collect and report US Navy and US Marine Corps historical weapon system operating and support (O&S) costs. Reporting by fiscal year, VAMOSC provides the direct costs of weapon systems, linked indirect costs (e.g., ship depot overhead), and related non-cost information such as flying hour metrics, steaming hours, age of aircraft, people counts for ships, etc.

According to the Navy, "the Operating and Support Cost Analysis Model (OSCAM) began as a joint program in 1996 between the US and UK aimed at developing a model that estimated the operating and support costs of Ships and Shipboard Systems and captured the interdependencies that exist between the cost elements across the program. Using System Dynamics, OSCAM represents the business processes that drive costs and their relationships to management policies in order to assess the impact of technical, operational, and programmatic decisions on the cost and availability of these assets. Since the inception of OSCAM, there have been subsequent product developments that not only enhanced the Ship and Shipboard Systems model, but established new product lines encompassing both Land and Air Vehicles."

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  • Navy / Marine Corps

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