Solving System Obsolescence

By Todd B. Kersh, PMP.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Article: Electronic $US5.00

Continuous Technology Refreshment (CTR) is a US Department of Defense acquisition strategy for spares applied throughout the material acquisition cycle to maintain readiness, modernize equipment, and reduce total ownership costs. CTR uses combinations of Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortage (DMSMS) resolution alternatives including Form Fit and Function Interface (F3I), emulation, substitution, redesign, and reverse engineering. This paper will describe the process that the US Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) is using for the replacement of key obsolete parts for US Army helicopter systems.

Keywords: Continuous Technology Refreshment, Redesign, Reverse Engineering, System Obsolescence

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.43-50. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.573MB).

Todd B. Kersh, PMP

Project Manager, Systems Integration, Technical Support Services, Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, OH, USA

Todd Kersh is a Battelle Project Manager for the US Air Force Transformation efforts at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center (OC-ALC). While serving in the US Army from 1973-1995, Kersh was a qualified Level-3 US Army Acquisition Corps Program Manager and served in a variety of acquisition, operations, technical, and leadership positions. Since retiring from the US Army Kersh has held Program Management and Director level positions in the Information Technology and Aviation Industry. Kersh earned a BS-Engineering from the US Military Academy and a MS-Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School.

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