U.S. Army holds a Lean Six Sigma Excellence Awards Program wherein it honours programs that have saved the army millions of dollars

United States Army relies heavily on Lean Six Sigma

India’s defence budget rose by 5.89 percent to $46.16 billion in 2018-19, against $43.59 billion in the previous year. Currently, there are many defence projects in progress which have their costs escalated exponentially due to improper planning and thus getting delayed every day. Using the allocated money efficiently without wasting a single penny is a mammoth task for the armed forces of any nation. The defence forces can use Lean Six Sigma (LSS) methods to aid this cause.

The USA has already inducted LSS methods in their defence planning and the different military branches have increasingly turned towards LSS for making operations efficient. The process has become so valuable that the U.S. Army holds a Lean Six Sigma Excellence Awards Program wherein it honours programs that have saved the army millions of dollars. Dr. Charles Brandon Director of the Continuous Process Improvement Office within the Army’s Office of Business Transformation says that the Army makes a conscious effort to analyse and improve the processes that undergird their core mission to fight and win our nation’s wars.

In 2017, the Army’s financial management office avoided $1.7 million in costs, saved $9.5 million in ongoing operations and generated $55 million in revenue by using LSS. John Dugan of the Army Materiel Command used LSS methods to reduced redundant operations, improved the quality and timeliness of products and reduced overhead to help save $125M in validated costs during 2008 alone. For this great work, John Dugan was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Korean Navy designed a slide using LSS techniques to help the sailors evacuate quickly during an emergency, thus saving the precious lives of sailors.

LSS methods help in the designing of a framework for the military to make fact-based decisions, development of efficient processes within the ranks and have a continuous improvement using a structured approach. In this way, the armed services achieve sustainable readiness increases and cost-control. Inducting these methods in various aspects of Indian armed forces will make it a force to reckon with in war as well as in management techniques.