Contracting for Availability and Capability in the Defence Environment

  • Christopher J. Hockley
  • Jeremy C. Smith
  • Laura J. Lacey
Part of the Decision Engineering book series (DECENGIN)


This chapter discusses the extensive support solutions being used and adapted in the UK Defence Environment to deliver what are described as Contracts for Availability (CfA) and Contracts for Capability (CfC). They aim to provide operational availability through an integrated and effective support solution, generally by industry, or a combination of industry and the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The chapter considers the academic theory for availability and capability before reviewing how the defence environment currently delivers CfA and CfC. It identifies the issues and diversity of current contracts in the military environment where operational availability and capability are vital yet are required in variable ways with periods of both dormancy and high intensity. The chapter analyses the practical delivery of availability and capability using defence examples which compare and contrast the different support solutions currently being delivered.


Supply Chain Contract Option Defence Environment Rotary Wing Support Cost 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher J. Hockley
    • 1
  • Jeremy C. Smith
    • 1
  • Laura J. Lacey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Engineering Systems and Management, Defence Academy of the UKCranfield UniversityShrivenhamUK

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