This post provides my charts and paper from my presentation at SciTech 2019.
Charlie Vono, Cold War Lessons for the 21st Century
In my last post, here, I said:
– Integrates all the disciplines and specialty groups into a team effort
– Helps form structured processes
We were a tribe in the sense of Jack Donovan’s recent books, The Way of Men and Becoming a Barbarian. We were a family apart from the greater society. We missileers included various communities such as ICBM combat crews, military acquisition experts, suppliers, major defense contractors, civil servants, & etc., all linked by mission. We had a common culture and dialect and recognized leaders. We even had many processes and methods different than the airplane Air Force.
We had strict rules of morality, integrity, truth, and honesty. We expected ourselves and our fellow tribe members to set aside ego and lose ourself in the mission. To succeed, we had to win, even loot and plunder other weapon systems’ funds if we could. We had to take every advantage.
Like barbarians, outsiders might actually disparage us or our mission, but we wore the head of the wolf proudly.
In subsequent years, starting after the merger of Systems Command and Logistics Command and the dissolution of SAC in 1992, there was a push to have civil servants get more career broadening throughout their careers and also to push for more contractor competition. ICBM processes have been more and more brought under the umbrella of the USAF processes. Although still dedicated and close-knit, the days of a team so close knit that they were sometimes called incestuous, appear gone. But they leave a legacy of the weapon system sustainment management model they created.
Any suspected degradation must be spotted with years of lead time in order to ensure fixes were in place before the mission was compromised. And any fix must work seamlessly within an incredibly complex missile, missile silo, launch command complex, logistics system, repair depots, & etc. One small change could have unforeseen consequences. The original engineering documentation could be missing. All this over a period of time where priorities and funding for ICBMs was diminishing, unique contractors were closing shop, and some parts and components were no longer available.
Devout readers of this blog will quickly realize that I have posted parts of this chapter previously here. Rewrites are a fact of life and hopefully result in a more useful and cogent book.
This one was a pretty major rewrite. The following is the introduction to Chapter 2.
Chapter 2: The Rise of Long-lived Complex Systems
Last January, I presented my sustainment management model at AIAA’s SciTech conference. September, I told the SPACE 2016 folks how it can apply to commercial space. This coming January, I am presenting “first steps” in implementing the model.
With this as a foundation, it is probably time to suggest areas of further research using this model.
Here are some of my ideas. Do you have any to add?