1. What supplier participation factors are considered essential to equipment contract quote planning for procurement of equipment upgrade/repair services?
2. What are essential properties of “Equipment Technical Specifications”? What are considerations in setting quotes for technical specifications of the goods to be procured?
3. What are “Approved Budgets for Contract Quotes” & determinate factors to establish in consultations between procurement entity & suppliers?
4. What Bidding Documents are associated with suppliers & What contents constitute properly drafted Quotes? What other practices must Procuring Entity observe to ensure successful procurement?
5. What suppliers participate in the preparation of Bidding Documents & when must action be taken over period of contract quote negotiation?
6. What disparate types/sizes of equipment contracts are provided in Bidding Documents & How are Quote requirements for technical equipment specs prepared?
7. Who determines the form of Bid Security & amount required to be submitted by suppliers? What is the period of validity of Quotes and corresponding performance Security?
8. What happens if a supplier does not submit service/quality performance Security Quotes? When must Bid Securities be posted/returned to the bidders?
9. What are essential forms of Performance Security & corresponding amounts required for successful Quote evaluations? Who determines form of the Performance Security to be submitted by winning bidder?
10. In case of changes to contract Quotes, will there be corresponding changes in amount of Performance Security? When must Performance Security be posted/released?
11. Why/When are Pre-procurement Conference required & when must Quote determination be conducted? Who calls for Pre-procurement Conferences & what communications with participant suppliers must be achieved?
12. How/why are Invitation to suppliers constructed for contract Eligibility & what Quote information is contained in post?
13. When, where & for how long are Invitations to Apply for Eligibility posted to provide Quote & how to ensure posting requirements are complied with?
14. When must contract Quote evaluations be made available to prospective supplier & how issued? What are the responsibilities of suppliers for Bidding Documents?
15. Why are Pre-bid Conferences conducted for Quote determination? What suppliers must attend & how conduct behaviour during Pre-bid Conference & other stages of procurement process?
16. What happens if there is a need for Quote clarification or interpretation on Bidding Documents after Pre-bid Conference swith suppliers are held?
17. What suppliers are involved in preparation of Supplemental/Bid Quote Bulletin? How is a Supplemental/Bid Bulletin issued?
18. What/when are suppliers eligible to bid for contracts? What are minimum eligibility requirements & what happens when supplier does not submit its Quote envelope on date required?
19. When must Quote eligibility envelope be opened? What are the contents of the Technical Proposal for equipment specs? What are fiscal contents of such Proposal?
20. When must Quotes be submitted? What suppliers are involved in the receipt & opening of eligibility envelopes & bids? How are bidding envelopes opened?
21. What happens if only one supplier submits Quote eligibility envelopes? What recourse do suppliers have when determined to be ineligible or declared non-compliant with technical or fiscal requirements?
22. What happens if questions/concerns are raised about Quote validity & eligibility of a prospective supplier after it had been declared as eligible?
23. What are factors for when supplier Quotes do not qualify for meeting equipment specs requirements? Other than declaration of ineligibility, is there another way by which suppliers are disqualified from bidding?
24. What happens if no prospective supplier is declared eligible? What happens if only one supplier Quote passes the Preliminary Examination of Bids?
25. What happens if supplier Quotes do not comply with the Tech/Fiscal requirements of Bid? Can bid be withdrawn?
26. What is the purpose of Quote Evaluation? Who are supplier participants present in Evaluation Process? How/When are bids evaluated?
27. Are there special privileges for outstanding supplier Quote cooperatives in equipment supply? What may be done if all prospective bidders are unable to comply with contract requirements?
28. What happens if suppliers do not accept tech/fiscal corrections for Quote performance? How is the right to match undertaken in bidding of contracts?
29. What does supplier Post-Quote qualification entail & What is Timeline? What suppliers are involved in the conduct of Post-qualification?
30. How is Post Quote-qualification conducted? What happens if suppliers fail Post-qualification process?
31. When must Procuring Entity exercise its right to reject Quotes, declare a failure of bidding, or not award the contract?
32. How are technical rules on Contract Award established & What is Timeline for Contract Award? What suppliers are involved in Quote process & how is contract awarded?
33. When must winning bidder & Procuring Entity enter into a contract? What are best Timelines to be considered with respect to effective contract Quote approval?
34. What properties of Quotes are instrumental in formulating different parts of contract? What rules governing contract review/approval for meeting equipment specifications?
35. What happens if supplier refuses or is unable, through its own fault or not, to post performance security requirements & sign contract within prescribed period covered by Quote Schedule?
36. What instances of Quote preparation precipitate employment of dual stage Competitive Bidding Procedure by procure entity & What is the timeline, conduct standards?
37. What suppliers participate in dual stage Competitive Quote Procedure process & What happens if no prospective supplier submits a Letter of Intent?
38. What rules govern use of new/established procurement techniques for supplier Quote evaluation? When is Limited Source Bidding allowed, who will be invited to bid?
39. How is procurement through Limited Source Bidding method conducted? Are supplier Quote & performance securities required for this procurement technique?
40. When is Direct Contracting involved/justified? How are Direct Quote arrangements with suppliers conducted? Should a Procuring Entity require a performance security under this procurement technique?
41. What are Quote Repeat Orders & when is supplier participation Allowed? What suppliers qualify for equipment contracts via Repeat Orders & how performed?
42. How is Shopping performed & when allowed? What suppliers participate in Quote conduct of procurement through Shopping? Are performance securities still required for Shopping procurement techniques?
43. How/When is Negotiated Procurement allowed for equipment Quotes & undertaken? What supplier parties participate & Are bid and performance securities required for purchases made using this technique?
44. What equipment requirements are specified in equipment Contract for supplier Implementation of services? When shall a contract be deemed effective?
45. What purpose do Quote requirements serve & when is equipment considered unserviceable? Are there instances where partial release or reduction of information must be performed by the Procuring Entity?
46. When can the Procuring Entity issue an Amendment to Order? Are corresponding adjustments in contract Quotes and/or delivery schedules allowed? What rules govern price adjustments due to Amendment to Order?
47. What suppliers are involved in issuance of Amendment to Order Quotes? Can suppliers proceed with work orders under an Amendment to Order even if not yet been approved?
48. What are grounds for suspension of delivery or contract implementation? Are corresponding adjustments in contract Quotes and/or delivery schedule allowed?
49. When must supplier resume delivery and/or contract implementation? Who are parties involved in the issuance of a Suspension Order & how are quote determinations issued under these circumstances?
50. What are contract quote rules on applicable schedule periods for equipment delivery or performance of suppliers for provided services?
Navy Visiting Executives seek to obtain evidence of high-quality solutions for equipment upgrade/repair requirements executed in timely & cost effective manner. Demonstrating outstanding “past performance & future potential” at Work Site is one of your units most valuable assets contributing to obtaining favourable Reviews.
Navy executives are looking for innovation, creativity, agility, new efficiency initiatives & cost savings in interactions with suppliers. Visiting executive is not just good at communicating what Navy does what it does, it is best in the world & it plans to keep it that way. So Navy needs the best upgrade/repair sites in the world to help it accomplish its mission.
Let’s put it in terms you can really utilise as equipment repair/upgrade site administrator. Bottom line is that most capable site operators offer responsible & effective use of Navy resources, becoming poised to eventually win follow-up work task orders. This imperative is key to successfully competing task orders, so your site must be capable first & foremost in offering top-notch technical services.
Building up your repair/upgrade site capabilities to Navy standards quickly as you can in your areas of specialisation needs to be a very high-priority goal for you. Tailoring & targeting your units success rates for future follow-on work is great idea. Here's a challenge to you and your unit. What new technologies & process adaptations can you demonstrate in your practises that Navy could use? What can you do to help us improve success of upgrade/repair operations?
Navy Executive Site Visit Reviews alone cannot guarantee you orders for follow-on work. You must get them yourself! Keys are for you to become proactive & concentrate on building up your units core competence as fast as possible. Beyond the all-important capabilities of your upgrade/repair site, be sure to get top-notch expert guidance on how to read work order solicitations & write effective proposals.
Visit information sources on Best Practises provided by Navy on regular basis, search for work orders in your areas of expertise & products/services. Then, it is your responsibility to prepare & submit effective cost quotes for large-dollar-value work orders. Be sure to send in effective technical, past performance & cost proposal package.
Investigate advantages of support services offered to you in Navy Technical Manuals by contacting office of Visiting Executive. There are many services & training opportunities to place your unit in strong position to secure follow-up work. If you can provide evidence of your units core competence in key technical subject areas, submit written responses to the Following Questions prior to site visit.
Navy Visiting Executive can work for you by highlighting your issues & concerns with Top Brass in charge of making policy your unit will have to follow. Jump-start your operations by filling out this Checklist:
1. Do you need to perform work on key supplies or item of equipment? Will it address an important or new operational problem or improve existing services?
2. Is it vital, essential or not so essential for eventual mission in field? Can potential of equipment be justified?
3. Is it new asset or replacing existing equipment? Has your existing equipment reached the end of its useful technical life? Is it no longer economical to repair?
4. Is supplier no longer producing spare parts, consumables & accessories? Are more effective or cost-effective supplier models available?
5. What level of quality best meets mission requirements? How often will the item be used & how long is it expected to last?
6. Are you buying high-performance supplies & equipment available? Are they of adequate quality & obtainable at good price?
7. Would it be more cost-effective to spend more on a higher quality item? Is it difficult to identify other suppliers?
8. Are the supplies or equipment appropriate for the type of services your site provides? Are your technical skills suitable for existing work space conditions?
9. Will the supplies or equipment be compatible with your existing equipment for use? Will the item be familiar & acceptable to your upgrade/repair technicians?
10. Will you be able to obtain spare parts, consumables & accessories? Is the equipment supplied with necessary operations & service manuals? What training & technical support will be provided?
Sourcing ticket schedule problem-solving tactics are derived from contract procurement quote interface dispatch record representations to determine equipment upgrade/repair quote performance based on past experiences with particular types of sourcing ticket problems. The process of constructing such representations is also influenced by quote schedule determination.
Expert dispatchers creating patterns for upgrade/repair simulation deployment of equipment type/size for meeting force structure adjustments during surge contingency scenarios employ techniques for recognition & recall of meaningful routing patterns upon determination of location.
In equipment upgrade/repair simulations, expert dispatchers are contrasted w/ novice dispatchers who lack appropriate real-time instincts determining representations of dispatcher techniques. However, expert dispatchers sometimes are no better than novice dispatchers when unfamiliar routing patterns are encountered.
Several possible perspectives from which to evaluate a tactical evaluation & representation of dispatcher behaviour exist. We have demonstrated that effective use of looking a quote up on a route pattern map requires purposeful perusal.
Looking a quote up on a route pattern map may support dispatch solution of sourcing ticket problems if the representative notation conducive to modeling the real-world mobile operation of the problem is constrained.
User content provides a suitable description of the problem for tactical evaluation off-loading; and the layout aids perusal. From this we conclude that much of the responsibility for the success of looking a quote up on a route pattern map lies with the dispatcher who controls content and layout.
We present the following framework for the representational system of a distributed task for solving souring ticket problem by individual dispatchers. This framework serves as a guide for our product demonstration report. Systems representations showing dispatch record knowledge flow for distributed dispatch task records cues the formation within sourcing ticket problem space in real-time instinct diagrams.
Diagrams retrieve schedule plans & designs from dispatch records, acting as an executive structure for selecting and applying tactics derived, evoked or inferred in real-time to facilitate the achievement of sub-goal solutions of sourcing ticket problems.
Looking a quote up on a route pattern map can be utilised by the sourcing ticket problem space, helping to establish real-time instinct to cue schedule establishment from dispatch records acting as recipients for establishment of real-time dispatch connections when the task becomes overwhelming.
This product demonstration report is based on a controlled a tactical evaluation of expert & novice dispatchers modelers to obtain a rich demonstration of sourcing ticket problem space & solutions that provide real-time control for adjustments to force structure for surge contingency scenarios.
Our intention is to present the performance and behavior of dispatchers engaged in the modification of the route tracker application with a view toward obtaining detailed pictures of the representative process of that occurs. While performance was an important part of tactic evaluation, our emphasis in this product demonstration report is mainly focused on examination of process behaviour during dispatch activity.
1) Strive for consistency: Consistent sequences of action should be required in similar operations/elements for achieving similar tasks. Directions must be consistent across prompts, menus & help screens. Consistent commands must be used throughout the system.
2) Enable frequent users to use shortcuts: Advanced users that use the system frequently will want to reduce the steps required to produce results using the system. Shortcuts offered could be function keys & hidden commands to automate certain interactions.
3) Offer informative feedback: There must be feedback for every action by the user, if there is an error this feedback should inform the user of what went wrong and, if possible, why.
4) Design dialogue to yield closure: There must be a clearly identifiable beginning, middle & end to a sequence of actions. The feedback at the completion of a sequence should signal to the user that the task has been accomplished and that they can move on to the next sequence.
5) Offer simple error handling: System must be designed in such a way that it is difficult for a user to make a serious error, but if an error is made then simple process techniques handling the error should be offered.
6) Permit easy reversal of actions: This enables users to experiment and explore unfamiliar options. Attributes of objects indicate how system must be used.
7) Support internal locus of control: Advanced users must be in charge of the system, which must respond to user actions. The system must be designed to make the user the initiator and not a responder.
8) Promote higher function visibility: Users will likely know what sequence to perform next. If the functions are less visible, users might get lost in information overload.
9) Provide Constraint Feedback: System must restrict type of interaction that can take place in a given situation. Users must send information back about what action has been done and what was accomplished.
10) Establish Mapping Techniques: Links between controls and their effects must be incorporated into system, for example, use of the up/down arrows on a keyboard to page up and down on a display.
In this product demonstration section we review the dispatch steps involved in solving Fleet Type & Size deployment scenarios in the sourcing ticket problem domain which include surge contingency scenario force structure adjustment programme search modification. Our principal goal is to present solid competitive tactics for dispatch processes to drive our work that will address the main sourcing ticket questions communicated by DoD.
We have demonstrated that both factual information & procedural dispatch records manifested in performance may be implemented & activated in the solution of sourcing ticket schedule problems. Dispatch skills are realised by production rules & quote determination in the contract procurement quote interface for force structure adjustments during surge contingency scenarios facilitated through dispatch plans & tactics utilised in retrieval and recognition of equipment upgrade & replacement patterns for the Fleet.
For Fleet Type & Size deployment resulting from upgrades & replacement of equipment components, we have defined a schedule design process, along with a set of procedures that implement these tactics. The goal of route tracker application design is to break down sourcing ticket problems into sub-problems with schedules composed of both declarative and procedural contract procurement quote interface information. During the design process, decisions must be made as to which sub-problem sequence to solve next, and then find a solution for it. Goals must be identified for the sub-problem whose attainment may be achieved by route tracking pattern matching dispatch records of past events stored in contract procurement quote interfaces.
Open source communication between dispatch programmes are presented as sets of rules for solving groups of sourcing ticket problems. In this framework, rules designed for evaluating dispatch tactics may occur in either the problem or solution domain, with rule and instance spaces included for each domain. Rules may be induced by evoking previously stored schedules deriving from contract procurement quote interface information, knowledge gained from current sourcing ticket problems, or by inferring from simulations in the instance space. One significant aspect of the transformation from novice to expert dispatcher in any domain of tactic evaluation is the acquisition of sourcing ticket problem-solving schedule applications to determine relevant processes.
Sourcing ticket schedule problem-solving tactics are derived from contract procurement quote interface dispatch record representations which determine quotes knowledge based on past experiences with particular types of sourcing ticket problems. The process of constructing such a representation is also
influenced by quote schedule determination. Expert dispatchers creating Fleet Type & Size upgrade & replacement pattern deployment for meeting force structure adjustments during surge contingency scenarios w/ recognition & recall of meaningful routing patterns when they see them are contrasted w/ novice dispatchers who lack appropriate real-time instincts determining representations of dispatcher techniques. However, expert dispatchers sometimes are no better than novice dispatchers when unfamiliar routing patterns are encountered .
Sourcing ticket problem solutions may be evoked from contract procurement quote interface derived from information acquired from the dispatch problem space or inferred from the use of dispatch simulations. For open source communication between dispatchers, expert tactics require schedules representing information on specific problem domains plus schedules dependent upon the targeted surge contingency scenario force structure determination programming domain. In fact, system design involves the integration of multiple contract procurement quote interface domains, knowledge of the route tracker application domain architecture, design methods, and so on.
TASK #1: This Dispatcher Action Case Study describes the process by which Test Design Specs affected by a design change identifies how Equipment Change Work Orders impacted Product Logistics
Dispatchers first demonstrated success in creating equipment repair Reminder Sets by loading active state procedure check boxes after brief practice at talking aloud while programming. Modification was requested for each of the route tracker applications written in the supply conference call connections. Surge contingency scenario force structure adjustment cases, classes & quote phase sequence diagrams were selected according to installation preference & User-specific case descriptions were written in an acceptable format.
TASK #2: This Dispatcher Action Case Study describes the process by which dispatchers update Technical Specs Overflow Stations Repair Job Activities at Configuration Repair Job Specs centres based on a notifications of equipment changes.
Dispatchers documented sequence diagram interactions for the surge contingency scenario force structure adjustment user-specific cases that were affected by the modifications. Referenced equipment Upgrade & Replacement Specs catalogs enabled records of schedule quote determination appointments with key details. Modification of the application required that a set of route condition & performance-based metrics defining Repair Set reminders needed to be added to quote schedule determination appointments.
TASK #3: This dispatcher action case study describes the process of updating Material training manuals based on a notification of an equipment change.
Dispatchers ran route tracker application on the day a quote schedule determination appointment was due, and prior to the time of that appointment, reminder messages for the imminent appointments were to be triggered. Actions aimed at encoding of quote categories for supply conference call connections tactic evaluation should be clear, explicit & defined prior to accepting input for quote determination flashes. The main goal of dispatcher action is to modify the application. Goals were achieved with the assistance of real-time instincts defining sourcing ticket diagrams, written text, or accessing Fleet upgrade/replacement specs catalogs.
TASK #4: This dispatcher use case study describes sequencing system update notification process to create accurate & complete Operational Sequencing Systems.
Dispatchers can look quotes up on a route pattern map during an episode, e.g. drawing a diagram or writing something on an external device. Transcriptions of dispatcher supply conference call connections were divided into episodes which were categorised according to Fleet Upgrade/Replacement item-specific criteria w/ assistance from the catalog. riginal quote schedules are recalled & returned in order to copy and/or modify it provides evidence that the quote schedule contributed to dispatcher real-time instincts. Checking solutions using condition & performance instances may be carried out with the aid of looking a quote up on a route pattern map.
TASK #5: This dispatcher use case study describes Planned Supply System processes based on equipment change notification.
Dispatchers can use quote schedule itself, or a diagram & listed as test episodes can accomplish this task. When dispatchers create quote schedules the route pattern map assessment reuses that quote or modifies an existing quote schedule categorised as test episode supply connections. Use of Spatial representations provides a technique whereby each category of dispatch supply conference call connections steps in which sourcing ticket documentation was involved may be quickly referenced. Each quote schedule episode is recorded spatially in the sequence in which it occurred, within the space representing its supply conference call connections categories. Each dispatch episode is annotated with its quote schedule phase sequence flash, and with its source of cue or destination & time duration. Specs requirements were read for surge contingency scenario force structure adjustment use case documentation & several informed comments about the dispatcher-created techniques using real-time instincts in solving the problem.
TASK #6: This dispatcher use case study describes Repair Job interface update process based on equipment change notification.
Dispatchers planned to check that the modification functionality was not specified in the documentation & searched supply conference call connections class diagrams to find where to put a reminder set, only to discover a Repair reminder Set already existed for the Fleet Upgrade/Replacement Specs. Quote schedule sequence diagram were checked for the required steps to add an appointment, assuming that the existing Repair Reminder Set required modification & details were reviewed in the specification related to the reminder set. Supply conference call connections were generated to add quote schedule determination appointment details to the reminder sets collection. Dispatchers then assessed the quote schedule behind the reminder set entry formed provided by the application.
TASK #7: This dispatcher use case study describes the process of updating Configuration Specs of Equipment affected by Repair Job Actions
Dispatchers discovered that the Fleet Upgrade/Replacement catalog form was the start up form &looked through the spatial regions before running the application. Dispatcher tactic evaluations indicated that reminder sets can be linked to the Fleet Upgrade/Replacement catalog form. Reminder sets were added to the active-state check box evaluating the sequence diagram & then connected changes proposed by dispatcher changes to quote schedule determination additions. Appointments were scheduled based on surge contingency scenario force structure adjustment use case description before writing the quote schedule for the active state check box, linking it to the reminder sets form. If testing the quote schedule schematics is unsuccessful it can be deleted before assessing the existing representation & then reinstating the deleted quote schedule in another part of the application.
TASK #8: This dispatcher use case study describes equipment update process to include current versions of repair job based on an equipment change.
Dispatchers confirm processes by re-reading the specifications, removing the active state checkbox & Reminders sets to Fleet Upgrade/Replacement Quote catalog & plan to load the checkbox again. Quote schedules are reviewed to recognise an initial failure to remove the quote schedule for the active state check box & can subsequently remove it. Validity of the form connecting procedures are assessed to determine where the reminder sets can be reloaded before reviewing quote schedule sequence. Diagrams are checked for quote schedules for loading the reminder sets from the reminder set form into The Upgrade & Replacement specs catalog are determined, successfully running the application with the applied changes. Supply conference call connections are drawn upon & reread the requirements in an effort to change additions to the class diagram as a result of what had been assessed.
TASK #9: This dispatcher use case study describes the process by which equipment specs are delivered during equipment acquisition & transferred along with applicable design configuration documentation.
Dispatchers can add an active state check box to the Fleet Upgrade/ Replacement catalog form for selecting a reminder Set & assess the sequence diagram to find where to place the quote schedule to control the check box. Surge contingency scenario force structure adjustment use case description can be extremely useful & information can connected by episodes onto the use case description for creation of quote schedule determination Appointment. Joining classes are drawn between the quote schedule determination Appointment & Repair Reminder Set classes & re-reading the requirements, if conditions change. The joining class is removed & Reminder Set attributes are added to quote schedule Appointments.
TASK #10: This dispatch use case study describes the process of registering equipment specs content for future direction assessments.
Dispatchers provided examples using the surge contingency scenario force structure adjustment use case descriptions & class diagrams to assist in the progressions of what they intended to do. Steps for the planned changes could be added to use cases & class diagrams can be used to utilise the relationship between classes. Episode tactic evaluation are connected to scope how Repair Reminder Sets and quote schedule determination fit up. Quote Schedule Appointments can be reassessed & use the supply conference call connections diagram to the same end – adding flashes & referring back the flash & finally correcting the parts supply line. Work examples detailed in this report demonstrate the usefulness of external documentation in the planning stages for supply line connection episode transfers.
Dispatchers have concluded that Supply Route Tracker Application systems serve well in addressing operational constraints related to deployment of limited Fleet Components. Equipment upgrade/repair simulations require creation of fiscal & physical Specs Overflow Centres to document associated task work orders from Sourcing Ticket Group Station viewpoints on the utility of Fleet Infrastructure contract quotes. Account flashes contribute Repair Reminder Sets for Route Design control of new sourcing ticket standards for Defence Parts Supply Line Connections dispatched according to requirements of established Quote Schedules. Techniques detailing the strength of connections between installations & parts supply lines have been designed to activate Structured Spec Overflow Centre procedures predicting fiscal assessments of Spare Parts Supply Line quality required for Fleet Maintenance work orders. Related issues include surge contingency scenario performance & condition, route service maturity & transparency, investments in Quote Schedule competitions, administrative dispatch concerns & resolution assignment key to determination of force structure portfolios at multiple installations. The Appendix to this report details the impact of account flashes on Spare Parts Supply Contract specifications.
Questions for Equipment Upgrade/Replace Quote Tech Used by Dispatchers for Supply Line spec Decision-Making
Optimising Equipment Parts quote Schedule collection:
What? Method for determining sampling plans for supply line construction quote schedules that gives best value for mission success.
Why? Route service supply tracking requires accurate monitoring of changes in equipment condition & performance-based metrics & measures to build supply route upgrade/replace schedules.
How? Scheduling used a best-fit spatial distribution technique to identify intervals along the supply route which does not compromise the
relevance of the mission status
Outcome: A dispatch sequence assessed the properties of contract procurement quote status, reducing mission strength test sampling rates compared to current practise without losing any relevance for procure applications.
Calibrating equipment condition/performance-based measures for Supply Line Episode Value Determination:
What? Supply Line Service Quote construction for determining force structure requirements of contingency scenarios that replicates the properties of real-world mobile operational and security observations of equipment condition/performance measures
Why? Dispatchers need to calibrate equipment life expectancy of supply route service status prediction applications for installations so that predicted contract procurement quote system outcome forecasts can be as accurate as possible.
How? The application uses the mission concept & distribution technique to tune force structure requirements so that the predicted schedule change demonstrated by supply route service life closely replicates work order status schedule in real-world missions for mobile operations.
Outcome: Two contract procurement quote status of different supply route size & type were used as case in dispatch competition. The application yields calibrated force structures that closely replicate the actual schedule of observed supply route condition/performance-based measures.
Assessing risks in estimates of equipment quote status for mission requirements of supply route service tracking:
What? An application is required for assessing the risk that predicted Contract procurement quote status estimates for future equipment supply route maintenance & repair may be compromised.
Why? The risk of comprised contract procurement quote status estimates exist due to the schedule time in equipment supply route condition/performance-based measures, future force structure requirements for surge missions, Fleet Type & Size deployment pattern & maintenance schedules.
How? By providing the contract procurement quote status updates with relatively simple mission-critical scenario inputs, the application produces a population of predicted dispatch schedule status outcomes. This more practical method substantially reduces equipment spec input prep & mission scenario
Outcome: The use of this application allows dispatchers to produce Contract procurement quote status estimates for supply line service equipment schedule tracking with a high degree of accuracy.
Equipment Upgrade/Repair Simulation Contract Quote Schedule Determination by Dispatch Candidate Line Segments:
Since Equipment Repair/Upgrade Simulations like the one described in this report were designed for the purpose of training novice dispatchers, they must be given an opportunity to review their contracting strategies for schedule events after simulations so they can be debriefed by the Deputy on what might have gone wrong & where/how there is room for subsequent improvement to be built upon for the next mission requirement scenario. After the simulation, each novice dispatcher should review and itemise their contracting history, and also the contracting chart characterising his or her contracting strategy.
Although this particular Equipment Repair/Upgrade simulation appears to be trivial, establishing successful contracts & realising return on capital is a non-trivial task. Good contracting practise meeting mission requirements involves accurate reading of the equipment condition required to meet mission requirements, careful strategy execution & ability to adapt to unexpected changes in mission requirements. As established in previous reports, a controlled experiment can indeed help us to isolate important factors involved in contracting and identify solid dispatch patterns to employ for realisation of winning strategies.
Contracting Charts for dispatchers are composed of three important time series: 1) Expected contract price quotes to be generated by schedule design; 2) Observed contract price quotes; 3) Position balances of contract quotes.
In some equipment repair/upgrade simulations, many connections are obvious; e.g., the contracting chart for one of the best-performing novice dispatchers apparently follows the trend hinted at by both the schedule event disclosure & price of meeting mission requirements. In some other cases, completely wrong interpretations of schedule events could happen, and in the extreme case, some novice dispatchers might even choose enter into contract positions arbitrarily, disregarding important mission requirements trends.
While experienced dispatchers constitute the fundamental part of meeting mission requirements in this equipment repair/upgrade simulation, most “Operational Noise”, on the other hand, is generated by the speculation of novice dispatchers. In this simulation, we start by constructing a ‘classic novice strategy’ to establish goals of novice dispatchers in meeting mission requirements & proceed from that starting point. However, to prevent novice dispatchers from destroying important trends generated by both suppliers & end-users in mobile operations we will limit price range parameters, controlling how aggressive experienced dispatchers should be in combating “Operational Noise.”
In most of our equipment repair/upgrade simulations, we will simply set contract status increment parameters & after the price is randomly decided, novice dispatchers will choose to take extreme contract positions with equal probability.
Since novice dispatchers may be constrained by a given position status limit, our initial equipment repair/upgrade simulations will randomly decide how much remaining position status it would devote to the new contract. As speculators, novice dispatchers are required to exit all positions at the expiration of schedule events with automatic programming put in place to gradually exit position status determination when event ‘contract status return on capital’ schedule expiration draws near.
The multi-agent model we present is relatively general and can be used in a wide variety of mission requirement scenarios. As long as dispatchers can generate a list of schedule events that follow equipment repair/upgrade specifications, the Multi-agent model could then generate the desired mission requirements.
The challenge for dispatchers is clear: How do we know whether the generated contracting strategies are what should be expected from the designed mission requirements scenario? This is not a straightforward task since the scenario we plan to execute might not have real-world counterpart in mobile operations. Without benchmarking contract status, establishing credibility of equipment repair/upgrade simulations would not be easy. Of course, if the generated contracting strategies are lined up with mission requirements scenarios & carefully reviewed by dispatchers, we probably could create valid assessments qualitatively.
However, this technique would not be feasible if we plan for large-scale and frequent mission requirements determination overtaking supplier capacity. Therefore, we require a method that is both quantitative & automated. As a solution to the problem, dispatchers have deployed procedures for determining utility of event schedules:
1) Define the schedule event of interest and identify schedule event time series windows. In the case of simple mission requirements, the schedule event of interest & its occurrence is straightforward to define.
2) Measure ‘contract status return on capital’ over the schedule event window. Standard Contract status return on capital could be obtained by simply assuming constant mean return models. In the mission requirements setting, it refers to the mean price of equipment contracts from the beginning of the requirements determination horizon to just before the beginning of the schedule event window.
3) Define a null hypothesis and perform quantitative tests over multiple sample instances. For all events, the null hypothesis can be defined as ‘contract status return on capital’ = 0. As for the alternative hypothesis, it can be defined as ‘contract status return on capital’ > 0 for positive events, ‘contract status return on capital’ < 0 for negative events, & ‘contract status return on capital’ for neutral events-- or no event.
To validate that our multi-agent model indeed creates contracts designed to meet mission requirements in response to recent schedule events, dispatchers created a special mission requirements scenario with only one schedule event. For establishing successful contracts, we include defined levels of suppliers, end-users for mobile operations & no novice dispatcher to avoid introducing unnecessary noise into processes. To collect enough sample points, the same scenario is executed multiple times in sequential series.
Following the above procedures, we test the null hypothesis with several ‘contract status return on capital’ series. For both positive & negative cases, tests employed by dispatchers imply that strong negative ‘contract status return on capital’ are significant. For no-schedule event cases, our tests indicate that no ‘contract status return on capital’ is detected in the schedule event window.
Compared to the case of validating schedule event occurrence, validating the strength of schedule events is much more difficult. This is because the absolute level of response that should be triggered by schedule events cannot be determined in straightforward manner. Therefore, instead of trying to validate the absolute response strength, we choose to validate the relative response strengths. The objective of this is to ensure that higher impact levels indeed generate larger mission requirement responses when compared to events with lower levels.
To establish this, dispatchers simply performed comparisons between adjacent schedule event strength levels. With this validation, we are at least assured of the consistency in mission requirement responses throughout repair/upgrade simulations.
In this memo, we have presented the efforts of a brigade of dispatchers towards building an agent-based equipment repair/upgrade simulations based on novel models of contracting strategies. Mission Requirement scenarios will progress in subsequent reports though higher-level descriptions of user-defined schedule events.
Our primary goal in creating disparate schedule events is not to create new contract pricing models. Instead, we have focused on how to construct a highly realistic equipment repair/upgrade simulator to better define dispatcher behaviour in issuing contracts. The results of describing underpinnings of operational factors will be used to improve mission requirement scenario instincts of novice dispatchers.
Ultimately, our platform model for equipment repair/upgrade simulation might one day be used in benchmarking real interest of defence bosses in embracing important contracting standards as they begin to make mission requirements decisions on how to build solid event schedules with suppliers, on secure platforms designed to utilise new ability for us to monitor dispatcher activity.
Primary purposes of equipment upgrade/repair administration include ensuring mission success of personnel in the Field by making sure all equipment is fit for use & kept in good working order.
The useful working life of equipment critical to mission success in the Field can be determined through scheduled upgrade/repair simulation checks on quality of support provided.
Here we provide practical set of guidelines for equipment upgrade/repair simulations to be adapted as required based on mission requirements.
Equipment upgrade/repair simulations are important organisational function with implications for engineers, procurement officials & field agents who in the end, are the real customers since mobile operations in theatre are the backbone to achieving mission success.
Client success in the field depends on smart upgrade/repair simulations for mobile equipment critical to mission success. Proper equipment upgrade/repair support provided to installations is not only an asset administration problem to solve, but is also central part of requirements designed to protect critical field agents in theatre of operations.
Day to day actions detailed by work orders designed to monitor condition of mobile equipment is primarily the responsibility of specific personnel, for example, those functioning in engineering or procurement capacities to provide for critical checks or dishing out the cash required for well-functioning upgrade/repair support operations.
All procurement actions, upgrade/repair techniques & subsequent use by agents in the field should be compliant with standards set by organisation for acceptance process & performance testing during real-world, mobile use of equipment required to achieve mission success at multiple installation locations.
Given the wide functional range of individual equipment types/sizes & requirements to invest considerable time & resources at different organisational levels for assessment of equipment prior to purchase, it is important to design smart procurement systems to meet the requirements of mobile operations at multiple locations.
Where there exist functional procurement systems, for example, an oversight committee to keep tabs on work order generation for equipment upgrade/repair support services, better mission results can be achieved when there are processes in place to assess requirements of field agents who will use the equipment, instead of making decisions based purely on fiscal factors.
It is easy for procurement personnel to become confused by the vast array of requirements submitted by field agents who need equipment fast, often at multiple, remote installations with complex & technical specs features spelled out in requests for service/support operations.
Purchasing personnel groups may not be knowledgeable enough to do a good job of meeting technical requirements of agents in Field at speed required so often times it is essential to seek expert advice of professionals trained for administration of upgrade/repair simulation operations.
Organising priority-based equipment upgrade/repair work order job requirements assessments should be main goal for the administration so field agents will be sure to achieve robust selection processes with full diligence without compromising requirements for mission success of mobile, in-theatre calls to action.
Suppliers can be a good resource for obtaining specific information about critical equipment, but remember they have their own unique set of objectives that usually do not line up with mission requirements of field agents responsible for carrying out mobile operations.
Your organisation must create robust procurement practise & processes for ensuring purchasing actions avoid costly decisions not meeting form, fit or function requirements for achieving mission success, potentially leading to results not up to original intentions of mission. Administrators must consider consultations with experts familiar with responsibilities related to particular types/sizes of equipment.
When accepting equipment for trials/testing, several general considerations come into play. For one example, if the proposed equipment purchase action is large or expensive, it is well worth taking time to put in additional work directed at initial consultations & assessment processes to increase likelihood that equipment type/size will meet intended purpose of being useful to field agents carrying out mobile mission sets.
When purchasing equipment, especially during the design/redesign of work orders for upgrade/repair support operations, it is essential to contact field agents responsible for end-use of the product so there are no miscommunications as to feature criteria support for form, fit or function requirements.
The selection process employed during the determination of work order design for critical equipment upgrade/repair support services must start with an assessment of Task, Area & Group of field agent location at installations.
The purchasing team is enabled to contract suppliers of equipment so all equipment upgrade/repair simulation models performing required applications can be identified. Design technical specs must be received by administration for each identified supplier.
Following initial review of equipment specs submitted by suppliers it is essential to scope out specs not suited for required form, fit or function of the application so elimination is possible.
Information from any recent performance or field-testing evaluations must be included in the tender process, since some evaluations have been found to be incomplete in past equipment upgrade/repair service operations.
As a final point to be considered by organisational administrators charged with determining equipment upgrade/repair requirements by agents in the Field & subsequent procurement actions to be carried out is the adaptability of equipment to increase mission success rates.
Administrative decisions must include fiscal factors, form, fit or function of the equipment purchase & utilisation in the Field. Key questions to ask during initial assessment process include:
1) Future Proofing: Will equipment require replacement in Field if suppliers are no longer able to provide items critical to mission success, for example, spare parts required for upgrade/replace simulations?
2) Condition State: Will equipment serve any change in upgrade/repair service condition?
3) Compatibility: Will equipment be compatible & integrate quickly with existing products or what is to be purchased at later dates?
4) Appropriateness: Is equipment fit for purpose—able to carry out mission tasks intended at inception of requirements process?
5) Accessibility: Does mission layout in field for which equipment is purchased allow for equipment to be charged quickly/easily?
6) Accuracy: Can equipment be deployed in the right place at the right time?
7) Value for Money: What is the expected service life of equipment? Will this meet requirements of future missions?
8) Servicing: Will equipment require routine servicing? What is the cost of servicing & support qualifications required for action?
9) Training: Will equipment operators in field require additional training for use at right location? Will supplier provide initial training if specs are new to mission?
10) Funding: Has funding allocated for equipment requirements included costs of purchasing & subsequent training?
Dispatchers have provided command with a review of Fleet Deployment supply route infrastructure equipment upgrade/repair schedule and spare parts supply valuation & tracking systems currently utilised at multiple installations.
The report discusses the evaluation process of several contract procurement quote system components utilised by dispatchers such as Plug & Play Common Work Orders. The key features, capabilities, and limitations of the evaluated application in issuing sourcing tickets are presented.
The equipment upgrade/repair quote schedule systems project is being carried out at the evaluation centre & collaborating installations organised by dispatchers. One of the objectives of the Upgrade quote schedule project is the assignment of surge contingency scenario roadmaps designed to identify areas where further investigation & process control are required for the integration of quote schedules involved in building Fleet deployment route service infrastructure.
In accomplishing this objective, it was necessary for dispatchers to evaluate the current state-of-the-art represented by a wide cross-section of existing contract procurement quote systems. The report does not rate or rank the relative quality of strategies designed by command, but aims primarily to provide dispatchers at the evaluation centre with an objective review of representative system samples.
Available systems utilised by the application & key considerations that need to be addressed in the process of selecting spare parts supply valuation techniques detailed by dispatchers designed to administer equipment upgrade/repair quote schedule systems.
In conclusion, the report presented by dispatchers is aimed to review relationships between Fleet Deployment infrastructure & spare parts supply valuation/tracking by equipment upgrade/repair scheduling systems. The main features, capabilities, and limitations of the contract procurement quote systems were briefly discussed.
1. Baseline Comparison Studies of equipment condition/perform-based assessments using like/similar equipment must be accomplished to identify opportunities for creating improved processes & establish sustainment support.
2. Equipment upgrade/repair work order Use Case Studies must be undertaken to clarify issues/constraints related to requirements for carrying out condition/perform-based assessments at multiple installations.
3. Initial equipment upgrade/repair work order plans must ensure determination of reset status uncovered by condition/perform-based assessments conducted consistent with design/tech advances to allow design influence for optimised sourcing phase schedule action.
4. Equipment Upgrade/repair work order plans must clearly identify selection criteria of excellent installation candidate selection, schedule/resource requirements, support design constraint, ground rules for design evaluation & trade-off process determination.
5. Upgrade/repair work order plans must establish programme framework for equipment sustainment. Identification of condition/perform-based assessment requirements for design & establish feedback mechanisms for testing results or early prototype fielding efforts.
6. Equipment reset approaches must consider tech advances in upgrade/repair work order routing principles to reduce reliance on physical inspections & schedule jobs, facilitating opportunities for mission success.
7. Equipment Design tradeoff plans & processes must be in place to ensure new equipment upgrade/repair work order technologies are evaluated for cost- effective sustainment activities at installations.
8. Tech advances for equipment upgrade/repair work order routing must be evaluated for anticipated risks requiring process mitigation until design requirement maturity can be evaluated in field of operation.
9. Lessons learned from fielded equipment programs incorporating tech advances in upgrade/repair work order review must be incorporated into support design requirements for condition/perform-based assessments.
10. Consensus between installation must be in place to establish new approaches for use of equipment sourcing phase information routing & must utilise reliable support reviews, establishing requirements for condition/perform-based assessments.
The main objective of the report is to provide command with an objective review of existing equipment upgrade/repair quote schedule system technologies & identify a number of surge contingency scenario logistics considerations dispatchers are required to address in the process of selecting spare part supply valuation/tracking required for administration of equipment upgrade/repair quote scheduling systems.
The report also highlights areas where further investigations, inquiry & process design by dispatchers are required to extend the scope & capabilities of existing sourcing ticket systems to better support the sustainable evaluation of Fleet Deployment infrastructure upgrade specs.
Systematic advances in the logistics deployed for surge contingency scenarios have been detailed by dispatchers at the evaluation centre in determining factors related to Fleet Deployment route infrastructure & spare part supply valuation/tracking systems. Plug & Play Common work order solutions are generally used to store and evaluate fleet upgrade specs, supporting operational & strategic decision-making processes.
Contract procurement quote system functions are integrated by dispatchers so equipment upgrade/repair quote schedule systems can interact with and interpret the output coming from sourcing tickets at installations characterised by dissimilar processes & variable levels of maturity.
Compared to applications already being used at other installations, dispatcher efforts to date have characterised spare parts asset tracking & equipment upgrade/repair scheduling systems showing promise in degree of simulation capabilities & scope even while they still need work in terms of meeting the specific requirements that have been outlined by command in the briefings we have canvassed.
The review discussed in the report was subject to space consideration & should be viewed by decision-makers as constituting representative samples of currently available spare parts supply valuation models & equipment upgrade/repair scheduling systems characterised by dispatchers in terms of functionality, features & limitations.
1. Equipment Upgrade/Repair work orders must be identified as integrated functions of sustainment Planning & Support with new processes in place for constant status reviews & advanced Design Interface Activities.
2. Functional equipment reset modes & effective review methods must be established to identify likely upgrade/repair work order scenarios requiring design activities to complete mission requirements.
3. Initial upgrade/repair work order approaches must identify strategies for equipment condition-based assessments & perform reviews to establish lessons learned from review of current/updated systems.
4. Upgrade/repair work order reviews at functional level must identify likely condition/perform-based assessment strategies & equipment reset processes to be incorporated into design requirements.
5. Potential technologies to improves equipment condition/perform-based assessments & reset strategies must be identified when requirements for mission success depend on consistent update of sustainment activities.
6. Potential review tools, including required equipment upgrade/repair work order functions for sustainment operation & sourcing phase schedule interfaces must be identified for evaluation/selection of process updates.
7. Equipment upgrade/repair work order concepts must be integral & influential in condition/perform-based assessments for advances in sustainment process concepts under continuous review.
8. Organisational responsibilities must be clearly established for sourcing phases conduct/assessment of upgrade/repair work order efforts to include required avenues for integration across installations.
9. Equipment sourcing phase schedule requirements must be identified for upgrade/repair work order efforts to include technology maturation for new initiatives to be detailed in subsequent sustainment operations.
10. Equipment Design trade-off reviews must evaluate effects on condition/perform-based assessments & reset strategies must be evaluated based on utilising upgrade/repair work order concepts for mission success.
Work order schedule projects are a well-established approach to controlling the introduction of new upgrade/repair simulation initiatives or organisational changes within DoD. Fleet equipment part Type & Size Deployment episodes are finite in length, usually one-time pieces of work involving a number of activities that must be completed within a given time frame determined by contract quotes, and often on a fixed budget unique to each installation.
Common examples of work order schedule projects are the provision of factors related to deficits in equipment part supply route condition & performance-based metrics & measures leading to DoD Registration with dispatchers for introduction of new substitute resources to be strategically sourced to meet requirements of equipment upgrade/repair simulations--usually related to the installation of a new piece of infrastructure, or creation of new tools for contract quote determination.
While the very simplest work order schedule projects can be administered easily by DoD with just applying common sense & just getting on with things, equipment upgrade/repair simulations that are more complex need a great deal of planning by dispatchers & stand to benefit from a formal, disciplined approach to evaluation of equipment upgrade/repair simulation.
From making sure that contract quote activities will actually meet the specified needs for equipment upgrade/repair simulations requested by multiple installations, to devising work order schedule periods, developing DoD systems for reporting progress & detailing the parameters of fleet equipment parts deployment requests--– all of these issues require responsible consideration & effort.
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Single-source procurement of equipment & support occurs where DoD is unable to source its requirements through open competition. This is most common where only a single supplier has the ability or rights to perform the work & single supplier is chosen for DoD action & operational advantage. In these cases, DoD uses single-source procurement.
The absence of an alternative supplier risk includes scenarios in which Suppliers can price without fear of being undercut by their competitors, so they are not subject to normal market pricing pressures. Furthermore, because DoD requires the defence capability they provide, suppliers can be confident of follow-on work even if costs are high or there exists sub-optimal performance . The volume of single-source procurement, together with the risk inherent in this approach, means assuring value in single source procurement is of great importance to DoD.
Defence equipment often requires advanced & specialist tech specs, often limited to a single supplier to ensure required capability, while preserving tech capacity & spec capability for strategic reasons. In a competitive market, DoD suppliers must price risk and continuously seek efficiency improvements in order to survive.
In the absence of competition, value is at risk because suppliers can price without fear of being under-cut by competitors & because DoD needs the equipment & support services they provide suppliers can be confident of follow-on work even if costs are high.
New frameworks based on greater transparency & standardised reporting, with stronger supplier efficiency incentives; has underpinned stronger arrangements after extensive consultations with its major single source suppliers & promoted new frameworks to provide DoD with far greater transparency, facilitating investigation into whether suppliers are being as efficient as possible.
Standardised reports will allow better monitoring of single source projects and identify areas where suppliers can reduce cost. Stronger protections will ensure suppliers use the most reasonable & appropriate pricing assumptions they can.
Single-source procurement examples:
-Supplier contract for a Fleet Component, where only the original Supplier has the design rights & experience to service the Fleet Components
-Supplier contract for an additional Fleet Component, where it would be impractical to either have a different type of Fleet Component or to pay for another supplier to replicate the same design.
-Supplier contract to test the operational limits of a Fleet Component, where only one supplier has the right tech specs, and DoD does not want outside suppliers to know what the limits are.