Why DoD should ‘hedge’ its approach to meet F-35 sustainment needs
Where’s a spare part when you need it? For the Department of Defense, that’s the multibillion-dollar question looming over the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. In an op-ed for Defense News published Thursday, July 31, 2019, LMI’s Tovey Bachman and Pat Kumashiro propose introducing hedging models to improve the availability of replacement parts for F-35 maintenance and sustainment needs.
“Our analysis suggests supply chain hedging could increase aircraft availability across the F-22, F-16, and F-18 programs as well — putting DoD’s stated goal of an 80-percent mission-capable fleet this fiscal year within reach.”