Last updated: May 13, 2011
|Tuesday, May 17|
|8:00 a.m.|| Welcome
|8:10-8:50 a.m.|| Keynote: Mandating Affordability As A Requirement
After a decade of steady growth, DoD is facing the prospect of flattening budgets and will have to do more with less. Secretary Gates has made it clear that improving affordability and productivity in weapon systems development and procurement is one of his top goals. A major part of this push is restraining the services’ appetite for requirements – future programs will be designed for affordability, not desire. Unaffordable technical requirements will be discarded at program inception. There will be affordability review requirements, examining acquisition, operation and maintenance costs. Learn about DoD’s new way of doing business and what it will mean for your program.
|8:50-9:30 a.m.|| Air Force Keynote
|9:30-10:10 a.m.|| Acquisition Panel: Achieving Affordable, Efficient and Effective Acquisition
|10:10-10:30 a.m.||Networking Break|
|10:30-11:10 a.m.|| Actionable Should-Cost to Improve Affordability
The USD ATL directive on conducting Should Cost Reviews (SCRs) has many SPOs attempting to determine the “what” and “how” of SCRs. SCRs can be a valuable tool in helping drive program affordability if conducted with a focus on determining actionable cost reduction outcomes. This session will address the question, “How can SCRs be conducted to make real cost impact versus becoming ‘just another study’?”
|11:10 a.m. -12:00 p.m.|| Marine Corps Collaboration with Industry to Produce an Affordable Amphibious Combat Vehicle
|1:00-1:50 p.m.|| Panel: The Secrets to a Leaner Defense Industry
|1:50-2:30 p.m.|| Designing for Affordability
The Virginia Class Submarine Reduction in Total Ownership Cost (VIRGINIA RTOC) program has been a successful tool for step-change, enterprise cost reduction. Unique aspects of the program, coupled with the overarching urgency to deliver submarines in a cost-effective and expeditious manner, have catalyzed change and led to tangible results. As of December 2010, the program has been responsible for implementing $3.8 billion in to-go acquisition savings and is projected to increase lifetime operational availability of the Block IV and forward Virginia class submarines.
|2:30-2:50 p.m.||Networking Break|
|2:50-3:30 p.m.|| Super Hornet Affordability Case Study
Boeing F/A-18E/F and EA-18G Program Manager Mike Gibbons details how the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler have continued to increase platform capability, while driving out cost. The Super Hornet and Growler program has delivered $1.7B in savings during the course of two multi-year procurements by partnering with the U.S. Navy to implement cost reduction initiatives, by mobilizing the supply base, and by employing advanced manufacturing techniques that maximize Lean production methods. Gibbons will outline how a new Super Hornet and Growler multi-year procurement agreement enables continued savings during the coming years.
|3:30-4:10 p.m.|| A Capabilities Driven Approach to Affordability
We are entering a period of significant contraction in defense markets that will challenge the affordability of many defense systems. For suppliers of legacy exquisite defense systems, it will be all about reducing fixed costs to bring products and services in line with market-defined affordability targets. For the non-traditional suppliers, those who have entered in the past decade either by exploiting global scale and scope or by introducing disruptive technologies, it will be about broadening the breadth and depth of market engagement. Both industry and government have a role to play in dealing with this challenge. The effectiveness with which they meet this challenge will go a long way to determining the strength of the defense industrial base and its ability to meet our ongoing defense and security needs.
|Wednesday, May 18|
|8:00-8:40 a.m.|| GCV Case Study
|8:40-9:20 a.m.|| Affordability: Getting the Requirements Right
In light of limited Defense & Army budgets, the Army is instilling a culture that firmly challenges requirements. Program Managers are chartered to evaluate cost drivers and interact with combat developers iteratively to ensure that the full cost impact of requirements is fully understood at all levels within the Army. The Army has institutionalized the Capability Portfolio Review (CPR) process that annually reviews all capabilities from a portfolio perspective to validate requirements and identify redundancies. Configuration Steering Boards (CSB) are required annually for ACAT I programs and the Army is expanding into the ACAT II programs and aligning CSBs with its CPR process to maximize efficiency.
|9:20-10:00 a.m.||NAVAIR Keynote
|10:00-10:30 a.m.||Networking Break|
|11:15 a.m. -12:00 p.m.|| A New Strategy for Aerospace and Defense Challenges: Lean Applied to Business Processes
The mandates from the Department of Defense to reduce costs and increase speed of procurement and the related cyclic pressures of the aerospace industry are not new. Most cost-cutting efforts seem to just cut capacity and capability in a time where speed and flexibility win the day. The constraints to lower costs, on-time delivery, and sustainment are no longer on the shop floor. It is time for a new strategy to improve A&D processes. Applying lean to business processes, such as engineering, acquisition and other management processes, can dramatically reduce turn around time and subsequently, costs for any business process or supply chain.
|12:00 p.m.||Program Conclusion|