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provisioned through the DLA supply system and that these parts will come directly from the supplier instead of going through the OEM as is now the case.


The Role of the FSR

As the number of military personnel trained on the MRAP increases, the role played by FSRs in day-to-day unit operations varies based on unit and location. In some cases, FSRs perform all maintenance; in others, FSRs provide assistance to unit-level mechanics while performing 30-level maintenance. The level of involvement depends on

the unit mission and requirements of specific missions. If conducting a mission that is personnel intensive, FSRs have operator-level maintenance, which freed the Service members

the supported unit is reportedly conducted to participate in that

mission. As of this writing, the Army has transitioned to a posture, while the Marine Corps continues to rely heavily (Hansen, 2008, June 10).

more organic maintenance on FSRs at the unit level

CLS has arguably added significant cost to the MRAP program. However, when considering the urgent need, the JPO did not have time to establish a conventional support system. By employing CLS, the JPO allowed MRAPs to be placed in use while concurrently establishing the means to support the product in the present and future. Additionally, the JPO awarded contracts to ManTech International Corporation and AECOM Technology Corporation to manage the MRAP repair parts consolidation task based on their track records of logistical support to the DoD. CLS was the preferred method for this program because it not only reduced the timeline of the fielding process, but also enabled the DoD logistics system to make an orderly transition to support the new requirement. As of this writing, all requisitioned parts are consolidated at RRAD by ManTech and AECOM and are flown to their destinations based on priority (D. Hansen, personal communication, 2008, November 14). CLS has therefore allowed the JPO to focus on fielding a quality product to the warfighter, rather than on sustaining it.


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