SMTA International Conference Proceedings


Authors: James G. McLeish, CRE
Company: DfR Solutions
Date Published: 10/24/2010   Conference: SMTA International

Abstract: Since the mid-1990s, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has recognized two disturbing trends. First the percentage of new systems failing to meet reliability requirements was increasing, resulting in costly delays and redesign activities. Second the cost of supporting fielded systems due to decreasing durability and reliability performance was also increasing. A number of initiatives are now under way to reverse these trends. This paper will summarize several of the key initiatives that have been announced in the press and at the 2010 RAMS conference that include:

  • The Reliability related portions of the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act defining acquisition policy updates designed to strengthen oversight and accountability;
  • Revitalization of Systems and Reliability Engineering processes being institutionalized to reduce risk
  • A Reliability Program Scorecard tool developed to standardize and assist new programs in applying the use of reliability best practices and to track planned and completed reliability tasks
  • Reliability initiatives currently under development;
  • The AVSI Reliability Prediction Technology Roadmap;
  • Proposals for resolving the limitations of actuarial reliability prediction methods by updating Mil-HDBK-217 to include science-based Physics of Failure (PoF) reliability modeling and simulations methods.

    Key words: Reliability Assurance, Reliability Assessment, Design for Reliability, Physics of Failure, Reliability Physics

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