The F-35 Lightning II Program, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program, is an internationally oriented program that was designed to define and deliver the next generation of affordable and supportable strike aircraft. The F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) asked PwC to explore whether a single pool of centrally owned and centrally managed resources for operations and maintenance related activities could be used to improve efficiency and lower the cost of the Program. By applying new operating principles to the management of Sustainment Assets, the F-35 Lightning II Program could potentially see improvement in performance and affordability, as well as a major reduction in programmatic complexity.
To prove the hypothesis, PwC conducted quantitative and qualitative analyses on the four Sustainment Assets under consideration – Spares, Autonomic Logistics Information System, Training, and Support Equipment. Working closely with the F-35 JPO, stakeholders and senior decision-makers, PwC estimated that operational enhancements could realize over $9 billion in total lifecycle cost savings for the participating services of nine different countries and importantly PwC helped facilitate agreement and buy-in on sustainment operating principles under an aggressive timeline.
Within one month of the decision, the F-35 JPO had already identified $35 million of savings in the procurement of equipment.