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tiple programs and services.
RESULTS THAT COUNT
When the WIN-T Inc 1 assessment
was complete, the results indicated that
fragile and critical capabilities in the pro-
gram were rare. This was largely because
WIN-T is heavily and intentionally based
on commercial technology. The WIN-T
study made it clear that FaC capabili-
ties cover more than just manufactured
products; they also include personnel
skill sets. Accordingly, the OSD working
group is increasing the focus on skill sets
in future assessments.
The entire WIN-T project office also
learned valuable lessons from the effort.
By understanding and identifying short-
falls in skill sets as a critical issue, PM
WIN-T now takes proactive steps to
identify these skills upfront for all of its
current and future tactical communica-
tions network programs.
Although the assessment looked at WIN-T
Inc 1, it produced information that is
useful for other WIN-T increments and
systems managed by the program office.
Multiple Army and DOD organizations
can also harness some of these lessons
learned, which highlighted not only the
importance of skill sets, but also other
potential IB hazards to be addressed or
prevented. Additionally, by taking part
in the FaC assessment, the WIN-T team
members honed their abilities to continu-
ally apply their own internal FaC analysis
for the design and fielding of new systems,
as well as for current program sustain-
ment, which is a system’s most expensive
Because these were new efforts and the
MIBP office was learning as it went along,
the M1 and WIN-T assessments were
very time-intensive. The office learned
many lessons from WIN-T Inc 1 and
the other nine assessments completed
in FY13 and is applying that knowl-
edge to perform future assessments
more efficiently and cost-effectively.
One of those lessons came from a rig-
orous statistical analysis of assessment
results, which revealed that the initial
15 FaC factors could actually be reduced
to nine and produce better results. The
office also learned that a greater focus
on program or sector taxonomies could
accelerate preparation of an assessment.
Even though forces are returning from
Afghanistan and the OPTEMPO is
easing, the Army and joint forces must
remain prepared for current require-
ments and to face future threats. By
identifying specific stressors on the
defense IB due to lower acquisition
spending, the joint services can prepare
for changes in investments and for both
planned and unexpected fluctuations
Identifying fragile and critical factors of
the defense industrial base, especially in
today’s fiscal environment, will allow the
services to remedy these potentially det-
rimental issues cost-effectively or even
prevent them, as current systems are sus-
tained and new systems evolve.
For more information, go to http://peoc3t.
army.mil/c3t/ and http://peoc3t.army.
mil/wint/; or contact the PEO C3T Public
Affairs Office at 443-395-6489 or usarmy.
mil. For additional information for DOD
employees, including the DOD encyclope-
dia entry on PM WIN-T, visit milWiki
at http://go.usa.gov/4Qvk (government
Common Access Card required).
MR. BR AD NELSON is the program
leader for the S2T2 industrial base assess-
ment initiative. He holds a B.S . in
mechanical engineering from North Caro-
lina State University and an M.S . in
electrical engineering from Virginia Tech.
Nelson is Level III certified in systems
planning, research, development and engi-
neering, and is a member of the U.S . Army
Acquisition Corps (A AC).
MS. CAROLINE MCCARTHY is the
Readiness Management Branch chief
for Product Manager WIN-T Inc 1. She
holds a B.A . in business management and
administration from Monmouth University.
McCarthy is Level III certified in life-cycle
logistics, and Level II certified in program
management and in life-cycle logistics. She
is a member of the AAC.
Dr. Sally Sleeper, senior management
scientist, R AND Corp.; Mr. Jerry Harper,
chief, PM WIN-T Readiness Management
Division; Ms. Ruanda Cooper, logistics
management specialist and Competitive
Development Group/Army Acquisition
Fellow on developmental assignment.
THE FIRST PROGRAM FAC ASSESSMENT ... DEMONSTRATED
THE IMPORTANCE OF WORKING WITH THE ... PROGRAM
OFFICE AND OUTSIDE EXPERTS TO INCORPORATE THEIR
PERSPECTIVES ON PARTICULAR TECHNOLOGIES AND
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