In the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, tsunami, and Fukushima nuclear disaster, the U.S. Navy needed to identify, track, and mitigate the effects of 22,000+ contaminated parts from 259 Navy and Marine Corps aircraft that will remain in-service for longer than the half-life of the contaminating material. Aircraft availability and lack of budget resources to process aircraft were the Navy’s biggest challenges.
Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) 4.1.8. developed an integrated solution by bringing together a team consisting of Government activities (NAVSEA, NAVAIR, NAVSUP, CNAP, CNAL, and Fleet Readiness Centers) and contractors ( engineer, operational specialists, logisticians, risk analysts, and software developers) to execute this task. Engility played an important role on this team by providing engineering and risk analysis support. Using Engility’s Risk and Opportunity Management Application (ROMA+) as the baseline tool, the NAVAIR team developed a comprehensive solution that included an in-depth, structured Risk Management Plan to coordinate the expenditure of resources and maximize the probability of success. The NAVAIR team identified and assessed all ongoing issues and risks (high/moderate/low), assessed ongoing and future risk mitigation efforts, identified costs associated with each mitigation step (and the cost / impact of omitting certain steps), planned for sufficient resources to handle risk mitigation, and tracked the mitigation and resolution of current and newly identified risks. Additionally, Engility, with input from NAVAIR team, completed a re-write of NAVAIR 4.1.8 Technical Manual A1-00DE-CON-001 that captures the 4-phased release process for radiological-affected aircraft.
As a result of Engility’s risk management support, NAVAIR 4.1.8 was able to successfully present a path forward to NAVAIR 4.0 for the remaining aircraft readiness and personnel health mitigation efforts. Engility played a key role in identifying and tracking the likelihood of mission readiness impacts to aircraft and component availability from Near Certainty (90%) to a Low Likelihood (30%) and personnel health from Near Certainty (90%) to Not Likely (10%). NAVAIR has gained a decision-making template for funding to complete these efforts. Engility was specifically cited for its excellent technical support and for providing a team that could adjust to accommodate special and emergent tasks. The Navy will be better prepared in the future for any low-level radiation events due to the many man hours that have gone into the rewrite of the NAVAIR technical manual, the Risk Management Plan (RMP), and the identification of all risks and mitigation steps related to a low level radiation event. The Technical Manual, RMP, and project risks will be used as guides for future low-radiation events. The Navy’s ability to react to these events, track effectivity on aircraft and personnel, and properly address risks will be greatly enhanced. This, ultimately, will help provide safe and effective aircraft for the Navy and Marine Corps’ warfighters.