Chapter 3 is entitled: A Sustainment History of the 20th Century
It briefly sketches the history of strategic bombardment from the Wright Brothers to the end of TRW’s support of ICBMs. Army Signal Corps Air Doctrine, von Braun’s rocket experiments, Zeppelin D.I, B-17, B-52, Bell Labs’ birth of systems engineering, first SLBM patrol, Minuteman deployed, WWI, Spanish Civil War, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Cold War, First Gulf War.
The intent is to show how we transitioned from rapidly fielding new versions of aircraft and missiles to keeping the B-52 and Minuteman employed for over a half century and how this made modern sustainment methods a necessity.
Now that everyday life is filled with complex systems needing sustaining (Internet of Things, commercial space, internet for the poor, etc), everyone can learn from methods created in the last century.
This chapter starts with a quote from Michael Crichton: “If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.”
Here is an excerpt from that chapter:
… and, of course, the Minuteman, B-52, and KC-135 weapon systems are all still going strong today.
As always. Any comments to this blog on sustainment are appreciated and will likely wind up in this upcoming book.