Past weapon system support programs are criticized for lack of objectivity as evidenced by low equipment effectiveness. Management organization of the support effort is not functionally compatible with the weapons system philosophy. Its status should be equal to that of weapon design.
A hypothetical operation analysis is reviewed and it is shown that many maintenance oriented inferences can be drawn from such data. A special point is made of the significance of elapsed time requirements for maintenance in combat operations. MIL-M-26512B is recommended as a means for providing quantitative maintenance time information as a system design criteria. Some shortcomings of MIL-M-26512B are pointed out, and new tables for performing maintainability analysis are illustrated and reviewed.