Logistics jargon

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Every professional discipline has its own jargon. The purpose of jargon is to simplify communications among those "in the know." In logistics engineering, however, the jargon has reached a point where it is detrimental to clear communications of requirements, robust selection of appropriate methodologies, and is a barrier to entry into the field by new organizations and personnel. The table below shows some examples of logistics engineering jargon, along with the plain-English DBL™ question that is the better focus of our attention:

Examples of Logistics Jargon
Jargon English Answers the Question
FMECA Failure Mode, Effects, and Criticality Analysis What is likely to break, why, and what will be the impact?
FRACAS Failure Reporting and Corrective Action System What has broken and what is being done to prevent or reduce further failures of this type?
LORA Level of Repair Analysis Where will the system be fixed?



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