Driven by the global economic crisis and the wear and tear on our operational assets during the last decade, our military has embarked on transforming the way it trains. Significant funding is being spent to acquire high fidelity systems, build curriculums and improve training standardization. The combination of new aircraft system initiatives and high fidelity training systems will reduce the operational cost of a weapon system. A single flight hour in a simulated environment can cost up to 100 times less to train than in the aircraft. It is acknowledged that transferring training from the aircraft into a ground based environment can save billions in the life cycle cost for a single military aircraft program.
The key to making these systems work is to ensure a concurrency process is in place to keep the training system current with or ahead of aircraft, user driven and publication changes. The Concurrency Management Process ensures your training system will continue to generate a maximum Return on Investment (ROI) over its entire life cycle and helps prevent unnecessary deterioration of aircraft. Being able to rely on your ground based training system improves capability by freeing operational assets for real world missions.
Concurrency Management (CCM) process integration establishes the tools that provide government program leadership with the ability to objectively and impartially view analyzed and identified impacts to their respective training systems. Engineering change proposals, configuration management, and data are tracked and assessed for impacts to cost, scheduling and performance relative to the training system and its readiness for training.
Concurrency Management Plans
StraCon has vast experience in developing and revising new and existing Concurrency Management Plans (CCMP) which document processes that enable rapid and effective communication between the multiple program agencies that manage components of a training system. Agencies that drive change to the aircraft and those affected by change are required to have a guiding plan that describes how to manage and implement change. CCMPs provide guidance on Concurrency Management (CCM) processes and how they will link syllabi objectives and events with training products and references in order to assess and manage changes to the training system. These plans include:
- Establishing or integrating a CCM process with curriculum data impact analysis for aircraft, source documentation, and Warfighter (e.g., Pilot, Aircrew and Maintenance syllabi) changes
- Analysis of customized or COTS/GOTS Concurrency Management System (CCMS) solutions
- Strategies and recommendations for the phased integration of current and future training system products into the concurrency management system (CCMS).
- Processes and interfaces for the benefit of the platform Stakeholders.
StraCon plays a significant Configuration Management (CM) role to help assure continuously improved system performance, reliability, and maintainability. StraCon manages the CM of new and/or modified hardware and software. We have CM experienced personnel that are responsible for conducting CM Planning, Configuration Identification (CI) to ensure establishment of proper functional and product baselines, Configuration Audits, Configuration Control, and Configuration Data Management. We support the Engineering Change Proposal (ECP) processes as members of the government Change Control Board (CCB). Our CM personnel are intimately familiar with Foreign Military Sales (FMS) requirements and have supported clients in numerous countries. In addition to CM, we actively prepare, provide, monitor, analyze and maintain logistic status reports and Technical Directives (TD).