RCM is a logical, structured process used to determine the optimal failure management strategies for any system, based on system reliability characteristics and the intended operating context. RCM defines what must be done to a system to achieve the desired levels of safety, reliability, environmental soundness, and operational readiness, at best cost. RCM is to be applied continuously throughout the life cycle of any system.
As one of the key enablers of CBM+ and the life cycle sustainment of DoD weapons systems, RCM is conducted to ensure that effective maintenance processes are implemented. RCM provides a logical decision process for determining optimum maintenance approaches and establishes the evidence of need for both reactive and proactive maintenance tasks.
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