Lifecycle Management

McKean Defense analysts, technicians, and engineers support the lifecycle of combat systems by combining their military experience, and working closely with the operational community to perform in-depth logistics analyses and improve Availability Planning. Our logisticians prepare a broad range of documentation such as Integrated Logistics Support plans, test documentation, maintenance support data and installation/alteration packages. We enhance the products with state of the art graphics and computer based programs that deliver information in useful formats and in understandable segments. The results are focused on enhancing fleet sustainment and embracing the sailors who use the combat systems we support.

Ensuring Our Fleet are Mission Ready

Introducing a new ship to the Fleet is no easy task. Each crew member must be trained on a variety of HM&E and Combat systems and equipment and on the overall deployment requirements to support the mission. McKean Defense technicians and logisticians document this pre-commissioning training in a Crew Scheduling and Phasing Plan (CSPP) and a similar product, the Crew Stabilization Plan (CSP). The CSP is used for in-service vessels and Aegis Ashore Detachments. Both documents contain plans for ensuring the sailors have the skills, certifications, and operational knowledge they need to get underway.

Assessing Combat Equipment Readiness

To ensure maximum readiness of complex Combat Systems and electronic subsystems installed on board Navy ships – the Navy places great importance on their Test, Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) capability. Recently, increased focus was placed on improving measurement assurance and reducing total ownership costs of weapons platforms, communication, and support systems. McKean Defense has supported this strategic objective by coordinating the outfitting, management, and maintenance of portable electrical, electronic, and mechanical test equipment and installed instrumentation to ensure equipment is calibrated and maintained at prescribed allowances. With our help, the Navy has removed well over 600 unneeded pieces of TMDE from the Fleet inventory per year and improved TMDE distribution procedures, resulting in an annual cost avoidance of nearly $3 million.

Upholding Warfighting's Priority with Metrics Analyses

Improving Fleet material readiness strengthens Naval Surface Forces Commander's single priority: Warfighting. McKean Defense supports material readiness with Availability Work Package and Maintenance Planning expertise. Our performance metrics specialists coordinate with Navy stakeholders to map TYCOM and NAVSEA functions across the Modernization E2E process. Our analysts facilitate both Program and Fleet Combat Systems Readiness and Modernization planning, documentation, and integration efforts for 411 combat systems in the CG, DDG, LSD, MCM and PC classes. Using a metrics-based approach, we helped generate 2,294 execution ready 2-Kilos and the validation of 6,668 Program and Fleet Combat Systems requirements.

Blueprinting Change for Fleet Life Cycle Management

The Surface Navy focus on readiness degradation was documented in the Balisle report. Task Forces were established to take a deep dive into the Sustainment; Manpower, Personnel and Training (MPT); and Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) for MCM Class ships, LPD 17 Class ships, Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD), SPY-AWS, and Navigation systems. McKean Defense played a large part in the Task Forces facilitating discussions among major stakeholders (ISEAs, PMRs, Regional Maintenance Centers’ personnel, Ship’s Force, trainers, etc.), compiling facts associated with readiness issues, and analyzing metrics. Our work resulted in defining the root cause; final reports were developed to include detailed actionable recommendations with associated costs. This unprecedented look at "life cycle management" issues provided a blueprint for the Fleet to effectively implement corrective actions.