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Release No: 533-97
October 07, 1997


Deputy Secretary of Defense John J. Hamre announced on Oct. 2, 1997, the recipients of the second annual Life Cycle Cost Reduction Award. The awards were presented during opening ceremonies for the Department of Defense Logistics Reform Focus Day held at the Pentagon.

Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Corporate Logistics Lou Chaker said that more than 50 nominations were received for the award this year which was established to recognize the success that people--thinking in innovative ways--undertook to reduce life cycle costs. One project was chosen from each of the military services, the defense agencies and one from industry to be the recipient of the award for their component. The project receiving the highest score was awarded the overall DoD Life Cycle Cost Reduction Award.

The 1997 awardees are:

  • Defense Supply Center Richmond -- The center's New Component Design Team received the overall DoD Life Cycle Cost Reduction Award for cutting the life cycle cost of a mine field marking system by more than 70 percent, saving about $6 million over the next 10 years. The minefield marking system is used by the Army and Marine Corps to mark the perimeter and the safe lanes of mine fields. The old design had a long procurement lead time and high cost associated with obtaining obsolete electronic circuitry. Richmond's team redesigned the item using commercial off-the-shelf components.
  • Army Javelin Program -- Javelin program leadership developed cost reduction plans that reduced acquisition time from 14 to 11 years, saving approximately 30 percent or $1.4 billion over the life of the system.
  • Office of Naval Research -- This team developed a solution to reduce excessive wear of the friction drums located inside the Navy standard hauling winch. Their innovations increased safety and eliminated the use of asbestos.

  • Air Force Materiel Command Lean Logistics Team -- This group reengineered organic and contract commodities repair processes as well as aircraft depot repair and modification procedures which resulted in more aircraft available to the warfighters.
  • Hughes Air Warfare Center Sustainment and Supportability Engineering Team -- The industry recipient was responsible for development of Nested Technology, a focused systems analysis and solution program for the selected sustainment of existing technology and insertion of new technology into weapon systems.

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