Dennis F.X. Mathaisel


Description: Sustaining the Military Enterprise

Sustaining the Military Enterprise: An Architecture for a Lean Transformation

Series: Sustaining the Military Enterprise

Published: December 22, 2007 by Auerbach Publications

Content: 312 Pages | 61 Illustrations

Author: Dennis F.X. Mathaisel


  • Analyzes the military sustainment enterprise and provides the strategies, principles, and technologies necessary to transform and sustain the military and the weapon systems it develops and utilizes
  • Provides the tools that management, product development, and operational support teams need to consider in the design, development, operation, and improvement of their products
  • Explains how process improvement initiatives and best-practices minimize waste while maximizing the usefulness of each process
  • Provides the necessary documents and tools on an accompanying CD-ROM to guide the enterprise through the LEA transformation activities


The U.S. government mandates that all Department of Defense logistic-wide initiatives adopt commercially proven practices and strategies to undergo maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) transformations.  Reasons for the drastic order include aging weapons systems, an aging workforce, limited financial resources, and new technologies, just to name a few. In order to execute this radical directive, transformation offices have been established to implement these new strategies.  However, these offices have no condensed, user-oriented context to refer to when implementing these new strategies.

Sustaining the Military Enterprise describes a Lean Enterprise Architecture (LEA) strategy to transform sustainment processes. It incorporates the management and technical skills necessary to design and implement cost effective, integrated, sustainment networks and agile organizational structures. The application of LEA to military sustainment initiatives will lead to less resource intensive and less organizationally disruptive practices than seen in traditional Lean enterprise transformation methods.

The book is organized into six chapters, which focus on three major subject categories. Topics include management techniques for transforming the military sustainment enterprise, improving the enterprise, process improvement initiatives and benchmarking best practices, and activities for enterprise transformation. The text also provides an assessment and description of the current military sustainment system and a guide to the LEA transformation. Through an intensive examination of new technologies, tools, and strategies, the author provides a means for military sustainment initiatives to achieve a successful transformation.

Description: Enterprise Sustainability

Enterprise Sustainability: Enhancing the Military’s Ability to Perform its Mission

Series: Sustaining the Military Enterprise

Published: October 21, 2009 by CRC Press

Content: 412 Pages | 114 Illustrations

Authors: Dennis F.X. Mathaisel; Joel M. Manary; Clare L. Comm


  • Presents concepts and tools to enhance the process of maintaining, repairing, and overhauling a supply chain system, using the military as an example
  • Addresses availability, dependability, capability, affordability, and marketability factors
  • Provides the skills needed to continuously monitor and improve performance


Military supply chains are unique because what is supplied to the end user is routinely returned to the supply chain for maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO). Offering a blueprint for transforming military depot workload and processes into those of high-performance commercial facilities, Enterprise Sustainability: Enhancing the Military’s Ability to Perform its Mission provides a powerful system of concepts and tools for enhancing the ability of the military to perform MRO on its weapon systems. These concepts and tools are applicable to any enterprise, military or commercial, that is concerned about sustainability.
The text focuses on five abilities that must be considered to achieve efficient, cost-saving operations:

  • Availability of required parts, facilities, tools, and manpower
  • Dependability of the weapon systems
  • Capability of the enterprise to perform the mission
  • Affordability and improving the life cycle cost (LCC) of a system or project
  • Marketability of concepts and motivating decision makers

Aging weapons systems, an aging workforce, limited financial resources, new technologies, and an increased military operational tempo demand that the military develop an aggressive transformation plan for its sustainability. This book follows An Architecture for a Lean Transformation, the first in a series dedicated to the sustainment of an enterprise. In this second volume, the authors continue to provide an analysis of, and prescription for, the strategies, principles, and technologies that are necessary to sustain an enterprise like the military and the weapons system it develops and utilizes.

Description: Engineering for Sustainability

Engineering for Sustainability

Series: Sustaining the Military Enterprise

Published: Spring 2013 by CRC Press

Content: 518 Pages | 140 Illustrations

Authors: Dennis F.X. Mathaisel; Joel M. Manary; Ned H. Criscimagna


  • Lays out the principles that will help engineers design products and services to meet the needs of customers with minimal impact on the ecosystem
  • Focuses on how an entire enterprise can be self-sustainable
  • Includes numerous examples and case studies


Sustainability and sustainable development have become popular goals. They have also become wide-ranging terms that can be applied to any entity or enterprise on a local or a global scale for long time periods. As enterprises and systems become more complex and development a support costs increase, the question remains: how does one engineer an enterprise or a product for sustainability? Engineering for Sustainability provides common sense information for engineering, planning, and carrying out those tasks needed to sustain military products and services and, in turn, the entire enterprise.

This book tackles the problem from the top down, beginning with discussions on planning initiatives and implementing sustainable activities. It outlines a series of principles to help engineers design products and services to meet customer and societal needs with minimal impact on resources and the ecosystem. Using examples and case studies from the government, military, academia, and commercial enterprises, the authors provide a set of tools for long-term sustainability and explain how an entire enterprise can be engineered to sustain itself.

Achieving the high levels of sustainability needed in complex military and industrial systems is too often an elusive goal. Competing rules and regulations, conflicting goals and performance metrics, the desire to incorporate promising commercial off-the-shelf technologies, and the pressures of maintenance schedules contribute to this elusiveness. This book provides an analysis of and prescription for the strategies, principles, and technologies necessary to sustain the military and the systems it develops and uses. This can then be used to make any enterprise more efficient and cost effective in a changing environment.






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