Himars: A High Performance PBL
By: Jacques Gansler, William Lucyshyn
The High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) is a wheeled, agile, rocket and guided missile launcher for which logistics and sustainment are provided through a public-private partnership (PPP) between the U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin. The HIMARS program relies on a performance-based logistics (PBL) strategy that ensures the cost-effective delivery of specified performance outcomes. Since its inception the HIMARS PBL has consistently met or exceeded cost and performance objectives, having twice received the Secretary of Defense Performance-Based Logistics Award, which recognizes government and industry teams that provide warfighters with superior operational capability.
Given current and anticipated budgetary constraints, the DoD must heighten its focus on affordability. At the same time, new threats demand superior technology that is highly- reliable. To a large extent, these twin objectives—reduced costs and better performance—can be achieved through the wider implementation of the PBL approach. Unfortunately, however, PBL contracting is not being aggressively pursued across the DoD.