The U.S. Navy is exploring the use of commercial software for managing aviation spare parts inventory that some estimate could save several hundred million dollars annually. The Navy hopes that commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software can improve its Readiness Based Sparing (RBS) process, which identifies the best mix of spare parts required to keep a military system at its desired readiness level. The service has a roughly $10 billion annual aircraft spares inventory, so even a small ...


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