Parts Life, Inc. Prototype Integration Facility – PIF: Opportunity for Growth

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty – Winston Churchill

These are challenging times for our nation and our region. Budgets not only monopolize our conversations at home, but also dominate discussion in our Government. The DoD faces continued budget constraints. Parts Life, Inc. sees these constraints as an opportunity to provide the DoD with real solutions that will enable it to continue to support our warfighter while serving as a good steward of the taxpayer dollars. This paper explores how the creation of a Parts Life, Inc. Prototype Integration Facility (PIF) in NJ will not only benefit our country but also our workers and our region.

Executive summary

While the PIF is not a new concept in our industry, the Parts Life, Inc. PIF model is unique in that it is supported by a consortium of small defense contractors rather than by one large OEM. As the prime contractor, Parts Life, Inc. coordinates and leverage the teams’ broad resources into one consortium, capable of collectively accomplishing much larger, challenging projects as opposed to single efforts.

The diversity provided by the consortium has been proven to save money for the DoD, increase the facility’s core capabilities, expand the scope of work the team can pursue, and bring more opportunities to our various organizations in the defense industry and region.

Establishment of a strong industrial base: PIF

Parts Life, Inc. was founded in 2007 based on a distinctive business model that increases the life of expensive, mission-critical assets by keeping equipment mission-ready well past its originally intended life expectancy, even when parts are obsolete.

Strategically located in Southern, New Jersey, the company is established a Prototype Integration Facility - PIF in Moorestown, New Jersey. The Initiative to create the PIF was based on the development of strategic partnerships with military agencies, other industry leaders, higher educational institutions, and state and local governments.

The PIF brings together a consortium of small businesses with diverse industry capabilities. The combined capabilities and experience represented by the consortium enables the PIF to provide a full spectrum of capabilities and unprecedented responsiveness to the US Military Services and Government Agencies it serves.

In addition, being located in southern New Jersey enables the repurposing of the Joint Base JDML (Joint Base Dix, McGuire, Lakehurst) by providing support to many DoD platforms and missions. New Jersey’s industrial base has been solidified and strengthened by the establishment of the PIF.

PIF capabilities

Parts Life, Inc. and its team of local defense contractors provide diverse capabilities, including:

  • Advanced testing
  • Flexible, short-run engineering and manufacturing jobs
  • Repair parts lifecycle management systems
  • Quick scale-up capacity
  • Low-cost overhead structure
  • Ability to leverage the local labor market and provide in-house training
  • ISO 9100 and AS9100 certification
  • Working business model with excellent customer and supplier relationships

Benefits of the PIF approach

The PIF is a win-win-win consortium. Not only does the DoD and US Military achieve reduced budgets while maintaining preparedness, but New Jersey families and businesses also benefit.

Benefits to the DoD and US Military

The US Department of Defense is being asked to reduce its average defense spending year after year by more than $50 billion dollars. Difficult choices must be made concerning protecting America’s security interests and its role as a global power. Several key agencies are presently experiencing great pain from unfulfilled parts supply:

  • Defense Logistics Agencies
  • Joint Base Dix McGuire Lakehurst
  • NJ and other regional National Guard Facilities
  • Other military installations
  • Original equipment manufacturers

The $166.8 billion designated for the development and purchase of new weapon systems has come under fire with sequestration. Significant budget cuts are inevitable.

In light of the coming cuts and limited resources, the DoD must reprioritize its investment in new systems and platforms. The need to develop an initiative that allows the DoD to extend the life of the mission-critical assets is more significant now than ever.

  • Decrease the need to for the DoD to procure new equipment and assets by extending the life of expensive, mission-critical assets. It is less expensive to maintain equipment than to acquire new equipment.
  • Provide program management with a cradle to the grave overview of each asset.
  • Provide the ability to extract additional value from assets.
  • Enable the US to maintain assets in a mission-readiness state.
  • Establish new missions through our partnership with the Joint Base McGuire-Dix- Lakehurst, which will protect JBMDL from BRAC.
  • Shorten the reset cycle when new conflicts arise, accelerating the deployment process.
  • Provide integrated logistics support and life cycle support services.
  • Promote free and open competition to purchase equipment from more than one OEM. The PIF will provide the DoD with technical data and drawing packages where previously none were available.
  • Deliver a rapid response directly to the warfighter by fostering collaboration between experienced veterans, US Government employees and contractors. This real-time exchange of information enables the military to meet critical demands, improve productivity, maintain mission-essential equipment, sustain mission readiness, and preserve institutional expertise.

Ultimately, the benefits of the real­ time exchange of information allow the DoD to focus on its core warfighter competencies, and to create a smaller, more lethal, and more flexible military force during this time of decreased funding. Serving customers from the DoD to the DLA, the PIF provides effective ways to implement budget cuts without jeopardizing military readiness.

Benefits to New Jersey workers and families

  • Protect existing jobs by ensuring that JBMDL is not shut down by BRAC.
  • Create jobs for returning veterans.

While the rate of unemployment among veterans in 2012 dropped to 9.9% from 12.1% in 2011, this unemployment rate is still well above the national annual rate of 7.8% in 2012. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the unemployment rate for recently discharged veterans is nearly three times the national rate.

  • Create jobs for unemployed blue collar workers.

Beyond veterans, the majority of positions in companies that participate in the PIF go to blue collar workers. These are the people who have been impacted the most by the nation’s high unemployment rate. Many of these workers are already skilled in the trades. A job at one of the businesses that is part of the PIF provides an unemployed worker the opportunity to get back into the workforce.

  • Create jobs for inexperienced young workers and those reentering the workforce.

The same opportunities that are available for veterans and blue collar workers can allow inexperienced and returning workers to learn a trade or the skill required to begin working in a position with long-term possibilities.

Benefits to New Jersey's economy

  • Generate economic opportunities for both public and private sectors.
  • Implement more efficient business processes.
  • Integrate private and government workforces, fostering an interchange of knowledge.
  • Offer sustainment engineering services and recapitalization.


As sequestration begins to reduce military budgets and potentially put military missions at risk, legislators are seeking ways to provide taxpayer relief, while the military is being asked to extend the life cycle of high-value assets and subsequently purchase less new equipment. The establishment of the PIF in New Jersey managed by Parts Life, Inc. has begun to solve many of the problems and reap the advantages presented in this paper.

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