MCA Solutions has been awarded a subcontract by CACI, INC. - FEDERAL (CACI), a wholly owned subsidiary of CACI International, an international information technology and network services company headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, to support CACI in the development and launch of the Naval Logistics Readiness Research Center (NLRRC). The two firms have received $1 million in initial funding from the U.S. Navy to carry out this effort, which will also be performed in partnership with Philadelphia-based Temple University. With the award, MCA joins CACI in identifying new opportunities for leveraging commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions to meet one of the biggest logistical challenges facing the U.S. Navy today: ensuring the availability of repair resources at a reduced cost, without compromising the readiness of critical defense assets.
Under the terms of the contract, CACI and MCA will apply best practices in IT integration, advanced technology and the latest academic theory on service and support to deliver optimized and actionable solutions for many of the most complex service supply chain challenges, using cost-effective, easily available commercial applications.
"Increasingly, the U.S. Navy and other branches of defense are turning to COTS solutions as an alternative to current legacy systems, which are expensive to maintain and difficult to update," said CACI Senior Vice President, Jeff Renard. "Our goal for the Naval Logistics Readiness Research Center is to identify new, highly cost-effective ways to use readily available solutions designed to reduce the total cost of ownership for the Navy's supply systems."
CACI will direct research at the NLRRC. The company's expertise in large-scale systems development, implementation and support, and data management have played a key role in reducing U.S. Navy spare parts and logistics costs for more than 40 years.
"Pressure to scale back defense spending continues to drive U.S. Navy initiatives aimed at reducing overall supply chain costs while increasing weapon systems availability," said Bob Salvucci, CEO of Philadelphia-based MCA Solutions. "We're very excited to join CACI in helping ensure that the Navy has the right mix of materials and spare parts in place to meet its operational commitments, at the lowest possible cost."
MCA Solutions' Service Planning & Optimization (SPO(tm)) software will be used to power the Center's research. SPO delivers a risk-based approach that helps customer-driven organizations fully optimize decisions regarding the service supply chain, and more accurately predict future service levels.
Early research at the NLRCC will focus on the integration of strategic resource planning with tactical material flow re-deployment to evaluate the risks and opportunities associated with building service models. These include multi-indenture and multi-echelon readiness-based sparing; centralized warehousing strategies, and the cost/benefit trade-offs between weapons replaceable units and piece-part repairs.