Task Force Lean Contract Awarded
From Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded a contract for work on its Task Force Lean initiative to Northrop Grumman Mission Systems (NGMS) and its subcontractors, Bescorp, Intergraph Corp., and Delta Resources, Inc. The contract was competitively awarded through NAVSEA's Sea Port-Enhanced program. NGMS will provide assistance and expertise in implementing Lean within all of NAVSEA's various organizations and across all lines of business.

According to TF Lean's acting director, Mr. James Brice, "NAVSEA's goal is to make Lean the basis for its business strategy, to improve throughout and provide products and services to its customers in the most efficient and effective manner-an Enterprise implementation."

Announced by NAVSEA's commander, Vice Admiral Phillip M. Balisle on Aug. 18, TF Lean is a command-wide initiative illustrative of the forward-leaning, business philosophy tied directly to the Lean efforts of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Logistics. It incorporates Lean, Six Sigma, Theory of Constraints/Critical Chain Project Management, and other related continuous improvement processes, principles, and tools that will involve employee participation and innovation.

The two primary goals of TF Lean, as outlined at the July 2004 NAVSEA Commander's Conference, are to improve mission productivity through more efficient practices and return the savings gained to Fleet recapitalization and funding the Navy's 21st Century readiness.

Areas covered within the contract's task order include: defining a world-class implementation plan; identifying gaps between the current and the ideal state; assisting in the development of a rapid improvement action plan for the efforts required to close or eliminate the identified gaps, including a communications strategy and the export of Lean successes throughout the Command.