The Lean Sustainment Initiative (LSI) is a collaborative partnership between government, industry, and academia. LSI is currently focused on improving organic and contract MRO operations at the depot level. LSI participants seek to provide a research-based framework that will support incorporation of lean concepts into the Air Force and aerospace industry Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) processes and improve MRO responsiveness and affordability for fielded Air Force weapon systems.

The goal of LSI participants is to improve support to the nation's warfighters by providing leadership with options for change based on focused research, pilot and implementation projects, and systemic understanding of the sustainment process.

LSI was established by the Director of Logistics, Headquarters, Air Force Materiel Command and the Manufacturing Technology Division of the Air Force Research Laboratory. The LSI Steering Group includes the Director of Logistics from each Air Logistics Center (ALC) and representatives of Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney, GE Aircraft Engines, Raytheon AIS, and Chromalloy Gas Turbines. MIT is the initial academic partner.

LSI is a program of the Center for Technology, Policy, and Industrial Development.

Recent Submissions

  • Sustainment Operations Team Final Report 

    Harris, Wesley (2001-10)
    Improvement of Mission Capable Rate (MCR) depends on factors such as transportation & logistics, resource loading & scheduling, and Available Parts & materials (AP&M). As shown in Figure 1, AP&M is a function of forecasting ...
  • Sustainment Measures for Fighter Jet Engines 

    Harris, Wesley; Lewis, Spencer (2001)
    The US Air Force (USAF) has evolved a policy for the acquisition of fighter jet engines (FJE). In the 1970s and 1980s that policy placed a premium on FJE performance primarily measured by the metric: thrust/engine ...
  • Sustainment of Capital Assets 

    Harris, Wesley (2002-06-11)