Approved for public release, distribution unlimited; MBA Professional Report; The purpose of this MBA Project was to answer the question of whether or not the Concurrent Certification (ConCert) program is working successfully on the E-2/C-2 aircraft production line. This study also determines if the ConCert program improves "quality at the source" and if it should be rolled out to other Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) product lines. Data from FRCSW E-2/C-2 production line was analyzed. The data included the number of Discrepancy Work Orders (DWO) created, number of Maintenance Action Forms (MAF) created, number of Functional Check Flights (FCF), and number of Aircraft Inspection Discrepancy Reports (AIDR) received from customers. Critical areas examined were the number of defects discovered in the hangar, the number of defects that were not discovered until the aircraft arrived on the test line, and the number of defects that made it to the customer. The analysis of the data revealed that ConCert appears to effectively perform the quality verification function. Furthermore, the data shows that quality has improved; however, the source of the improvement cannot be linked solely to ConCert.
Approved for public release, distribution unlimited; MBA Professional Report; In an effort to foster process improvement and ensure cost-wise support of the ongoing military operations throughout the world, Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRC SW) created its Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) as a vehicle to establish cost-wise readiness throughout its organization. The goal of this MBA project is to determine a reasonable range of production at Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRC SW) while attempting to maximize flexibility to support the fleet. The success of our project depended on to conducting capacity measurement analysis to support our findings and recommendations in assisting FRC SW. We used several modeling tools to assess capacity, which assisted in locating some of the constraints on the C2 production line at FRC SW. We found that the scope of the C2 production line requires further capacity analysis using tools beyond our project. We concluded our project with a recommendation for future research using modeling and simulation.
MBA Professional Report; The purpose of this MBA Project is to develop a well-defined process to ensure Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) reasonable access to industry publications through the compilation of a user-friendly database. For each of the targeted publications, the project team determined the individual publication's requirements, content interest(s), and outlined the publication's preferred method for article/press release submission and publication. The project team identified industry trade conferences, events, and other promotional opportunities that would be appropriate for FRCSW to consider for participation. This project was conducted with the assistance of FRCSW and faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School. Key areas of concern are: defining a logical process to indicate preferred publications, conferences, and key events for FRCSW participation, developing a database that is both easy to use and comprehensive, and finding ample research information to effectively analyze data. Recommendations are made and incorporated into the final database. This database can be used by FRCSW as a reference guide to expedite and simplify the process of choosing proper publications, conferences, and events for marketing and article submission.
The concept of bringing dental care to the active duty member can be traced back as far as World War I. More than 80 years later, this still holds true. Today, Mobile Dental Units (MDU) seek out the patient, saving hundreds and thousands of man-hours which would otherwise be consumed by patients traveling to a point where their needs could be met. The goal of this research project is to determine the optimal number of MDUs to meet the demands of the force they support. The site chosen for this analysis was Naval Dental Center, Southwest, in San Diego, Ca. This command was chosen because it is the largest dental command within Navy medicine; it has a fleet of MDUs, four of which are used to service local squadrons, Fleet Marine Force units and approximately 30 ships of the Pacific Fleet; and it is close to the Naval Postgraduate School. In answering this question, a Cost Benefit Analysis and Cost Effectiveness Analysis were conducted, looking at fourteen months of MDU workload. The Cost Benefit Analysis showed a savings over ten years between $467,409 and $837,754 per MDU. Five metrics were created to determine cost effectiveness. This analysis identified areas for additional potential savings, ultimately saving DoD more money and making the MDUs more productive. Considering the implications of both the cost benefit and cost effectiveness analysis...
MBA Professional Report; Approved for public release, distribution unlimited; The purpose of this MBA professional report is to supplement the long and short range strategic development efforts of Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) by providing command leadership with an analysis of the current aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) industry to identify potential expansion opportunities for FRCSW. Strategy development is dependent upon a solid, current and complete industrial analysis. An industrial analysis includes, 1) a definition of the industry, 2) a description of external forces acting upon the industry, 3) a description of the industry structure and 4) an examination of the key success factors that benchmark the requirements for a firm to stay competitive in the industry. These analyses provide FRCSW with the information required to leverage their core competencies to indentify and capitalize on potential opportunities in the industry. This study identifies emerging trends, presents projected forecasts, identifies external forces on both the military aviation MRO industry and FRCSW, and discusses those factors that are key to long term success in the military aviation MRO industry. The conclusions present a number of opportunities for FRCSW to explore in their effort to remain the Navy's premier aviation depot.
MBA Professional Report; The U.S. Navy's Naval Aviation Enterprise has combined its Depot aircraft maintenance activities with the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance facilities to form the Fleet Readiness Centers across the U.S. The merger creates newly formed organizations responsible for providing comprehensive aircraft maintenance support by combining personnel, technical expertise, equipment and facilities. The purpose of this MBA Project is to analyze the proposed organizational design elements of the FRCSW Components Department that resulted from the integration of the Naval Aviation Depot at North Island (NADEP N.I.) and the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department North Island (AIMD N.I.) in San Diego, CA. The goal of this project is to evaluate possible misalignments in the current organizational design and structure of the organization, identify design gaps, and areas of duplication of effort. This project evaluates the current design through personnel interviews and is conducted with the sponsorship and assistance of the Fleet Readiness Center Southwest.
MBA Professional Report; Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) conducts maintenance on various aircraft platforms. In addition to regular aircraft overhauls, FRCSW has the capacity to perform aircraft modifications, which are currently completed by contractors. This project examines why the FRC's are not getting more CH-53E modification work when they have the capacity and capability to complete the work. This project uses FRCSW as a case study to address the issue. Interviews were conducted with the heads of Multi-line Division within FRCSW in San Diego, California and the Commander of FRC's and the H-53 Assistant Program Manager for Logistics at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Patuxent River, Maryland. The results of these interviews provided an assessment of the actions taken to reduce inefficiencies and non-value added activities and insight into how NAVAIR selects between contractors and FRC's to complete modification work. The data reveal that FRCSW has the capacity to complete modification work on CH-53 aircraft without schedule slippage. Also, a comparison of labor rate, schedule, and location of work, demonstrates how much more expensive FRCSW is and why NAVAIR chooses the lower cost contractor to complete modification work.
MBA Professional Report; For six of the past eight years, naval aviation depot-level maintenances activities have encountered operating losses that were not anticipated in the Navy Working Capital Fund (NWCF) budgets. These unanticipated losses resulted in increases or surcharges to the stabilized rates as an offset. This project conducts a variance analysis to uncover possible causes of the unanticipated losses. The variance analysis between budgeted (projected) and actual financial results was performed on financial data collected on the E-2C aircraft program from Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) located in San Diego, California. The results of the variance analysis are interpreted and discussed in terms of labor sales quantity, mix, and rate variances, material sales variance, material expense variance, labor, production overhead, and general and administrative rate/spending and quantity variances. The results of this project reveal the factors that created the greatest variance in FRCSW's net operating results. The variance analysis suggests that the factors having the greatest affect on the operating results were the material sales variances, material expense variances, and the variances due to the quantity of work. Additionally...
Acquisition research (Graduate School of Business & Public Policy); Fleet Readiness Center Southwest has embraced integration of personnel and processes from Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Departments and Naval Aviation Depots supporting Naval Aviation Maintenance. This transformation marks a critical change in Naval Aviation Maintenance history and will align Fleet Readiness centers with the Naval Aviation Enterprise vision. As civilian and military personnel begin working side by side, orientation, communication and process relationships are being redefined to combine the previous infrastructure of two organizations under one roof. The new relationships will be comparable to the aviation maintenance industry's business structure to leverage opportunities for growth as well as sustainability for the industry. The authors analyzed new-employee orientation, personnel integration and communication processes to determine their effectiveness to convey FRCSW's vision and efforts for integration.
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.; Fleet Readiness Center Southwest has embraced integration of personnel and processes from Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Departments and Naval Aviation Depots supporting Naval Aviation Maintenance. This transformation marks a change in Naval Aviation Maintenance history and will align Fleet Readiness centers with the Naval Enterprise vision. As civilian and military personnel begin working side-by-side, orientation, communnication, and process relationships are being redefined to combine the previous infrastructure of two organizations under one roof. The new relationsships are designated to be comparable to the aviation maintenance industry's business structure to leverage opportunities for growth as well as sustainability for the industry. The authors analyzed new-employee orientation, personnel integration and communication processes to determine their effectiveness to convey FRCSW's vision and efforts for integration.; US Navy (USN) authors