With Raytheon as the prime and the FRCSE as a teammate and subcontractor,
The Navy's FRCSE was selected by the Air Force as the Depot Source of Repair for the Predator and Reaper FLIRs.
By viewing themselves as an integrated capability set, the FRCSE and various industry teams have been able to step beyond traditional program-centric maintenance relationships.
The FRCSE has demonstrated an ability to deploy a broader approach to partnership that is not the typical public-private partnership based on arms-length arrangements.
The FRCSE looks at sustaining or increasing labor hours, avoiding Base Realignment and Closure recommendations, satisfying statutory requirements (core, 50/50, etc.
Rather than clashing over the differing needs, the FRCSE has found common ground that allows it to operate in understandable "swim lanes" with its industrial partners.
Motivated by self-interest, FRCSE and its partners have maneuvered themselves into a position where they focus together on the joint opportunities and seek to grow the business and consequential benefits to each party.
The FRCSE has embraced Lean and Six Sigma approaches to continuous improvement.
So, although the FRCSE works on a cost-reimbursable basis, it has put in place a very aggressive gainsharing program with the artisans--in a union environment no less.