• Dan Christenson presents Sustainment is Rapid Refresh

    Dan Christenson presents Sustainment is Rapid Refresh

    The USAF’s Dan Christianson (Director of Engineering, USAF, 748 SCMG) presents a practical systems engineering perspective based on a profoundly different strategy when it comes to maintaining superiority. Instead of an expensive and time-consuming wholesale pursuit of bleeding edge technology, why not focus on faster insertion of less advanced technology in response to the our […]

  • Peter Sandborn Presents Sustainment is Science (and a Culture)

    Peter Sandborn Presents Sustainment is Science (and a Culture)

    Peter Sanborn (Professor in the CALCE Electronic Products and Systems Center and the Director of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute at the University of Maryland) talks about the trend toward sustainment outcomes and the cultural reasons that have prevented our community from achieving them. This involves intentional collaboration between sustainment stakeholders in specific areas…and energizing […]

  • Ethan Plotkin Presents Sustainment is the Lowest Cost Path

    Ethan Plotkin Presents Sustainment is the Lowest Cost Path

    Ethan Plotkin (CEO, GDCA) introduces the concept of “affordable readiness” as the goal of lifecycle sustainment. By using a combination of traditional obsolescence and program management tools, programs can achieve permanent solutions, instead of short term band-aids – thus greatly reducing the total-cost-of-ownership for long-life systems. Sustainment Symposium 2020 hosted by GDCA is a special […]

  • Robin Brown presents Sustainment is Metrics for Programs

    Robin Brown presents Sustainment is Metrics for Programs

    Robin Brown ( DMSMS and Parts Management Program Manager for the Office of the Secretary of Defense) talks about the challenges the US Government faces in maintaining aging fleets. She goes on to describe the newest weapon in Program Managers’ lifecycle sustainment arsenal: DoD Instruction 4245.14 provides clear direction and expectations for maintaining a proactive […]

  • Timothy Zitkevitz Presents Sustainment is Planning (And Evolving)

    Timothy Zitkevitz Presents Sustainment is Planning (And Evolving)

    Timothy “TJ” Zitkevitz ( COTS HW/SW and Material Obsolescence Lead Obsolescence Management & Modeling Group, Lockheed Martin RMS Global Sustainment) rounds out the brain trust by showing a profoundly different way to plan for lifecycle sustainment. By expanding our planning horizons to be the expected end-of-life of the system and maintaining the necessary management tools, […]

  • Product Pruning to Increase Revenue and Profitability

    Product Pruning to Increase Revenue and Profitability

    Who would imagine that getting rid of products can lead to increased revenue and profitability? Too often companies hold on to a product or product line way too long, sustainment costs rapidly increase, and the product soon becomes a burden to the bottom line. At Embedded Tech Trends 2020, Ethan reminds us that new behaviors […]

  • Manufacturing Marvels® Visits GDCA

    Manufacturing Marvels® Visits GDCA

     Profiling American manufacturers, Manufacturing Marvels recently filmed on location at GDCA for an aired segment on Fox Business channel. GDCA is proud to be the industry leader in legacy equipment manufacturing and proactive obsolescence management services, ensuring America’s embedded longevity. We enjoy hosting vistors at our offices in Livermore, CA. The “Manufacturing Marvels” segment […]

  • Re-imagining Product Lifecycles: The Future of Obsolescence

    Re-imagining Product Lifecycles: The Future of Obsolescence

    Obsolescence is at the tail end of the product lifecycle, the portion that no one wants to deal with but is critical to mission readiness. Our CEO, Ethan Plotkin, knows the issues well. In his talk, he presents new ways to re-imagining solutions to dealing with the entire product lifecycle to better position for part obsolescence.

  • Dealing with Obsolescence

    Dealing with Obsolescence

    Managing a Program is difficult – You worry about schedule, cost, and meeting the warfighter’s performance and readiness needs. The last thing you want is an obsolescence issue and you can’t buy what you need… But it happens! Obsolescence issues are inevitable and it doesn’t matter where you are at in the lifecycle.  On February 15, […]

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