126.96.36.199 Programmatic Issues
Programmatic issues are those which arise as a result of the DoD
acquisition process. These include:
a. Acquisition Cost – Implementing effective corrosion control which
reduces lifecycle cost may increase the new unit procurement/construction
cost. As a result, the program/project manager should balance the cost of
improved design for corrosion against the life cycle costs for the
system/facility. This may be difficult unless objective measures of
effectiveness for corrosion control considerations are established.
b. Warranties – Warranties are widely used in commercial and private
procurements. Although the terms vary widely, essentially the seller assures
the buyer that the product will perform as represented over a period of time.
If the product fails to perform as represented, the seller may be required to
provide a new product, to fix the existing product, etc. These agreements are
typically hard to enforce (though there may be exceptions) with respect to
corrosion in DoD procurements for three reasons. First, a warranty is of
little value in a critical situation. If a fire control system fails in
service due to corrosion in an electrical connector, the fact that it can be
replaced or repaired by the manufacturer at little or no cost to the
Government is of little consequence to the US or allied personnel under fire.
Or if a deluge tank in a fire protection system fails due to the failure of a
corroded valve or pump, the fact that it can be replaced or repaired by the
manufacturer at little or no cost to the Government is of little consequence
when the failure has resulted in property damage, personnel injury, or mission
capability degradation. Second, the terms of such agreements are often
complex. This may result in burdensome record keeping and may constrain DoD’s
flexibility with respect to maintenance procedures. Finally, the terms can
also be somewhat subjective. This is not an issue when an item or component
fails to perform its intended function due to corrosion (such as the examples
mentioned above). However, it is a significant issue when corrosion impacts
appearance and objective measures of performance are not available.
Unfortunately in the past, many corrosion maintenance actions were considered
discretionary until system functionality was actually affected. However,
maintenance concepts and reliability considerations do not allow for
deterioration to the point of functional failure.
c. Priority of Corrosion Control in Acquisition/Construction – DoD
programs/projects typically focus on implementing a tactical or strategic
capability, or meeting defined requirements within budgetary constraints.
While logistics support has long been recognized as a critical aspect of any
procurement, the life cycle costs incurred as a result of corrosion have only
recently received substantial attention. Still, the significant life cycle
cost reduction achieved by implementing strong CPC planning doesn’t often
receive sufficient priority when the program/project manager must deliver a
product within stringent budgetary