Date of Award
Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Department of Operational Sciences
William A. Cunningham III, PhD
The current fleet of Common Support Equipment (CSE) is faced with a $2B funding disconnect that threatens 9 of the 12 USAF Core Functions. This research identifies the barriers to efforts to modernize CSE across the sustainment, acquisition, and maintenance communities. Using a qualitative, grounded theory methodology, the responses are explored of interviewed Support Equipment managers responsible for the sustainment and modernization of CSE. Significant barriers to current modernization efforts were exposed, resulting in expensive, duplicative, and unreliable equipment; concluding that the AF must change the way CSE is administrated, funded, and culturally understood to prevent future mission degradation.
DTIC Accession Number
Ritschard, J. Erik, "The Obstacles to the Modernization of Common Support Equipment" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 5027.