MCM PSWG meets monthly by teleconference except once per quarter when an MCM Readiness Advisory Group meets.
The MCM PSWG was not established to duplicate existing Navy/DLA item manager functions, but rather to collaborate with them to find solutions.
PSWG's approach was to move from the mathematic models embedded in the Navy's allowancing process, to employing a holistic approach within the group, to include SMEs from acquisition, configuration, engineering, maintenance, and supply disciplines.
PSWG focused on optimizing MCM1 Class Readiness through proactive initiatives to position the right range and depth of material in Sasebo and Bahrain.
A readiness improvement analysis was undertaken by a subset of the PSWG; the purpose of determining the application of material parts support to increase operational availability, which in turn would improve the operational availability of the MCM's mission.
PSWG efforts are a near perfect example of an Integrated Product Team holistic approach, which brought laser focus and optimal utilization of scarce resources to invest in parts support for improving operational availability of our fleet.
In addition to placing orders for the increased allowances, updating ships' allowance records and tracking material requisitions, the PSWG is developing a template for a standardized process for improving other MCM systems and possibly other ship types to use a similar methodology in the future.