Providers Launching Naval Logistics Readiness Research Center

CACI, MCA Solutions to work at new facility developing IT strategies and solutions for Navy readiness

CACI, MCA Solutions to work at new facility developing IT strategies and solutions for Navy readiness

Philadelphia — March 28, 2005 — Government technology contractor CACI International is teaming with service planning specialist MCA Solutions to work on a project to help launch the Naval Logistics Readiness Research Center (NLRRC).

CACI, INC. - FEDERAL (CACI), a wholly owned subsidiary of CACI International Inc, awarded a subcontract to MCA to work on the project. The two firms have received $1 million in initial funding from the U.S. Navy to carry out this effort, which will also be performed in partnership with Philadelphia-based Temple University.

With the award, MCA will join CACI in identifying new opportunities for leveraging commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions to meet one of the biggest logistical challenges facing the U.S. Navy today: ensuring the availability of repair resources at a reduced cost, without compromising the readiness of critical defense assets.

"Increasingly, the U.S. Navy and other branches of defense are turning to COTS solutions as an alternative to current legacy systems, which are expensive to maintain and difficult to update," said Jeff Renard, CACI senior vice president. "Our goal for the Naval Logistics Readiness Research Center is to identify new, highly cost-effective ways to use readily available solutions designed to reduce the total cost of ownership for the Navy's supply systems."

CACI will direct research at the NLRRC. The company said its expertise in large-scale systems development, implementation and support and data management have played a role in reducing U.S. Navy spare parts and logistics costs for more than 40 years.

"Pressure to scale back defense spending continues to drive U.S. Navy initiatives aimed at reducing overall supply chain costs while increasing weapon systems availability," said Bob Salvucci, CEO of Philadelphia-based MCA Solutions. "We're very excited to join CACI in helping ensure that the Navy has the right mix of materials and spare parts in place to meet its operational commitments, at the lowest possible cost."

MCA said its Service Planning & Optimization (SPO) software will be used in the center's research. SPO offers a risk-based approach to service planning designed to help organizations optimize decisions regarding the service supply chain and more accurately predict future service levels.

Early research at the NLRCC will focus on the integration of strategic resource planning with tactical material flow re-deployment to evaluate the risks and opportunities associated with building service models. These include multi-indenture and multi-echelon readiness-based sparing; centralized warehousing strategies, and the cost/benefit trade-offs between weapons replaceable units and piece-part repairs.

Additional Articles of Interest

For more information on solutions for the service and support chain, see the articles "In the Field and All Grown Up," the Net Best Thing column in the June/July 2002 issue of iSource Business (now Supply & Demand Chain Executive), and "Time to Prove It," the Net Best Thing column in the April/May 2003 issue of the magazine.

For best practices in service parts management, see the article "Three Keys to Successful Service Parts Management."