Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT January-March 2019 Contents keeping smaller consumable parts on hand at the retail or shop
level, RLSC can immediately apply parts and complete the work
order within hours instead of days or weeks.
The third benefit is the time saved by eliminating the need to
change the robot’s configuration. Arm assemblies are high-dollar,
serialized components. If the arm assembly is to be removed,
additional logistics automation transactions are necessary to
adjust the robot’s configuration within the logistics automa-
Finally, the fourth benefit is eliminating the need to send the
work to a facility with the capabilities to replace major hardware
assemblies on the robotic system. RLSC has skilled technicians
at both the main depot and 13 locations inside and outside of
the United States, all of which are capable of performing field-
level and depot-level repairs.
THE BENEFITS OF SEED STOCK
RLSC also recovers legacy systems when new robotic systems are
fielded to military units, and these older variants later serve as
seed stock for future projects. This seed-stock method has been
applied to two recent recapitalization and modification efforts.
The first is a recapitalization of explosive ordnance disposal robots
that will serve as a bridging solution until the program of record
reaches the materiel release phase and begins fielding the replace-
ment system. The second effort is a modification of an existing
platform that detects chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear
and high-yield explosives. The modification will provide addi-
tional capabilities of area mapping and sensor feedback from the
robot to the operator’s position. For the second effort, the base
chassis of the robot was upgraded to accommodate the installa-
tion of additional payloads to provide the increased capability and
enhanced performance. A new procurement of this asset would
typically cost approximately $315,000 per robot. However, by
reusing the base chassis of a seed stock asset, the cost was reduced
CONTR ACTOR LOGISTICS SUPPORT
Key to the RLSC sustainment model is government-led contrac-
tor logistics support. When acquisition professionals think of
contractor logistics support, there is a perception that this means
program-owned robots or that those on military unit property
books are evacuated from the program manager shop or from
the field to a separate contractor organization for maintenance
and sustainment activities. As part of this evacuation process,
there is a complicated logistics tail of having to perform multiple
government-furnished property transfers to establish a chain of
custody as robots are shipped to and received from the contractor.
Instead, RLSC embeds contractors into the government main-
tenance induction process and employs a logistics automation
database that makes additional transfer of government-furnished
property unnecessary. RLSC contractors are as organic to the
mixed-manpower staff as the government civilian employees,
ensuring a cooperative relationship between contractors and
government representatives that has lasted more than a decade
with an exceptionally high degree of success.
RLSC will continue to employ its contracting and sustainment
approach across its operations, including several upcoming impor-
• An FY19 recapitalization production kit purchase for explosive
ordnance disposal robots.
• Semiannual sustainment parts purchases for several robotic
• Numerous foreign military sales cases for robots, parts and
The flexibility and experience that have grown within the orga-
nization, accompanied by the agility and efficiency found in the
execution of IDIQ contracts and RLSC’s smaintenance approach,
allow R LSC to provide the highest level of sustainment support
for its worldwide customer base and user communities, ensuring
the safety and lethality of today’s warfighters.
For more information, contact Tom Lettis, RLSC direc-
tor, at thomas.a .firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to http://
www.peocscss.army.mil/ or ht tp://www.peocscss.army.mil/
THOMAS A. LETTIS is director of RLSC, a position he has held
since October 2016. Lettis entered civil service in 2005 after serv-
ing 21 years in the Army and retiring as a command sergeant major.
He holds an M.A . in program management and a B.S . in business
administration from Excelsior College. He is a member of the Army
Acquisition Corps and is Level III certified in program management
and life cycle logistics.
ADAM BENNETT is a product support integrator in RLSC.
An 11-year Army veteran, he has worked in defense robot-
ics for a decade. He holds a B.S . in criminal justice from
Ferris State University.
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