Anyone in the United States military command or in the executive ranks of the aerospace industry knows auditability has been and continues to be a perennial issue and a long term problem across all branches of service. Section 1003 of the 2010 Federal Defense Authorization Act was congress’ way of forcing the Pentagon towards greater accountability. This piece of legislation requires that DoD to be auditable by 2017 and to pass a Government Accountability Office audit process. The former Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, actually increased the burden, claiming that 2017 is not soon enough, moving the deadline up to 2015. Chuck Hagel, the new secretary, has been silent on this issue, which suggests that 2017 will continue to be the operative deadline.
The Undersecretary of Defense has issued plenty of information on FIAR compliance, including regulary updated guidance documents. However, this infographic captures the essence of this guidance and adds insight from Greg Stanley, retired USAF executive in charge of FIAR. In the infographic, a related podcast and an in-depth whitepaper, on some underappreciated elements of FIAR, specifically the importance of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and enterprise asset management (EAM) processes. What role can enterprise software for the aerospace and defense industry play in FIAR compliance? Let’s find out!