The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ purpose is “…to ignite and celebrate aerospace ingenuity and collaboration, and its importance to our way of life.”
I am an associate fellow in the AIAA and I am working with them to establish a System Sustainment Technical Committee to create, mature, and encourage a systematic approach to complex system sustainment. System sustainment is, of course, bigger than just aerospace. But it is within aerospace that the greatest progress has been made in recent years.
It is our duty to share that body of knowledge with others to “ignite collaboration”.
The first step in this journey is to establish a Community of Interest (COI) made up of 10 to 20 founding members. We are well on our way. I will report here on our progress from time to time.
Here are some questions we are starting with:
Which management models have had the best results sustaining complex systems?
How should sustainment of a complex system be evaluated to establish “best results”?
How does a sustainment risk identification system differ from other risk identification systems?
How can systems engineering be applied to the general problem of sustainment?
Which statistical analysis techniques are commonly used in system assessment?
What are the best data systems practices for the sustainment cycle?
How can sustainment organizations have closer ties with the operators / warfighter / users?
How can an organization with only partial system responsibility support the overall system mission?
What coursework should be taught to sustainers?
What are the current biggest issues facing sustainment organizations today?
You need not be a member of AIAA to suggest your own questions. Just leave a comment.