From the thesis abstract: "Readiness is the number one priority of the US Army, but cost increases and budgetary turbulence make that goal more difficult each passing year. Army Aviation, the service's most expensive branch, will spend over three times as much maintaining its current aircraft as it cost to purchase them. With an increased budget unlikely, but increased mission complexity certain, the primary means to achieve readiness in Army Aviation is reducing the cost of operating and maintaining its fleet. Other aviation organizations, in and out of the Department of Defense, addressed similar challenges successfully by continually refining maintenance processes to a degree that the Army has not. This study examines multiple such cases to determine whether significant gains for an existing aircraft fleet are possible."
Ike Skelton Combined Arms Research Library Digital Library: http://cgsc.contentdm.oclc.org/