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22 .July 2005
Re: BI-0145 (CT-0585)
Requester: Art Beauchamp, Senior Analyst BRAC, Air Force Team
Question: One of the key rationales the Air Force has stated for consolidating the B-I bomber
fleet is "achieving operational efficiencies" (ref: AF Analysis and Recommendations Vol V,
From a logistics supportability perspective, hov will B-1 parts/spares availability rates improve
under a consolidation? We request empirical data, or an analysis that shows, or at least estimates
the degree to which B-1 spares parts/spares supportability improves under a consolidation.
Answer: The combination of the B-1s at one installation will result in a minimal 1 to 2 percent
increase in Mission Capable (MC) rate. The initial savings will be $700K...S500K in stock and
$200K in repair avoidance. After the merger of the B-Is. there will also be a one-time savings
in the budget computation cycle of S11.6M...S9.3M in reduced buy requirements and $2.3M in
repair avoidance. In order to determine the consumable MICAPS avoided, the number of lateral
supports shipments of consumable items between the two bases were considered. Each shipment
should be satisfying aM ICAP condition. If it were assumed that the consumable would have
been present at Dyess if the bases were combined, then the MICAP would have been avoided.
ACC records indicated that there were 96 shipments of consumable items between the two bases
from I Jun 04 to 30 Jun 05, which breaks down to 7.4 MICAPs avoided each month. Using the
above referenced study, this results in an increase of less than 1% in mission capable aircraft.
This figure did not change the overall MC rate. But preventing 7.4 MICAPs a month is a
tangible improvement. Three other items not discussed earlier involve test equipment, parts and
experienced manpower. The B-1 B Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) will be concentrated in
one location. This will decrease the number of Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) awaiting
maintenance, allow for simultaneous batching on the ATE and place more useful LRUs in the
system. Finally, parts will be needed for the same number of aircraft but now they will be
concentrated in one place, reducing delivery times and eliminating the need to decide which base
gets priority for any' given part.
DAVID L. . OHANSEN Lt Col, USAF
Chief, Base Realignment and Closure Division
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