About Us

The Reliability, Maintainability, and Supportability Partnership (RMSP) organization's goal is to enhance communication, coordination and collaboration between industry, academia, and government in a manner that will encourage individuals and organizations to adopt an integrated systems engineering approach, or end-to-end management approach, when addressing RMS issues. The RMS Partnership also encourages individuals, professional societies, and industry associations to develop, use and maintain world-class RMS non-government standards. The RMS Partnership publishes a quarterly newsletter which is freely available on the website. Membership in the RMS Partnership is open to individuals and organizations interested in being on the cutting edge of RMS issues and initiatives both nationally and internationally.

About Us/Our Leadership

Clients, Mission & Accomplishments

The RMSP serves as a global advocate for the embedding of the RMS principles and disciplines throughout the total life cycle of existing and emerging systems hardware and software (from concept development and design through manufacturing, operations, maintenance, support, and redesign, remanufacturing, and/or disposal). Our goal is to ensure that a system engineering process is a holistic approach that addresses the ilities such as RMS and logistics early on, during, and throughout the total life cycle.

Our Leadership
President and Executive Director
Russell A. Vacante, Ph.D.

Dr. Lloyd H. Muller - Vice President, Curriculum Development
Christopher J.Bonanti, M. Eng. - Treasurer

Honorary Director's
Jerrell T. Stracener  - Southern Methodist University
Benjamin S. Blanchard - Emeritus Professor, Industrial, and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech

Coordinators/Technical Support
Katherine Pratt - Membership Chair & Coordinator of Professional Activities
Frank Straka – National & International Standards
John Blyler - Editor and Business Development
Taylor Hughes - Proposals and Grants

Senior Advisory Board
Roy Beuchamp
John Phillips
Leonard Vincent
Dave Pauling
Michael F. McGrath

To help promote and achieve these goals the RMSP engages in a number of outreach activities that have as their primary objective leader and practitioner education and training. Among these activities are Government-Industry conferences that are workshop-intensive, publication of the quarterly RMS Partnership Newsletter with content that focuses on introducing state-of-the-art technologies, programs, policies, and procedures. In addition, the RMS Partnership offers RMS&L courses at customer facilities and in conjunction with quarterly conferences. Consulting services are also available on-line, at customer facilities, and by telephone or a combination of each. 


  • U.S. Army

  • U.S. Navy

  • U.S. Marine Corps

  • UCLA

  • Boeing Corporation

  • Lockheed Martin

  • HCI

  • American Competitive Institute

  • Homeland Security

  • Korean Defense

  • Korean Universities

  • Saudi Arabia


One of leadership in promoting reliability, maintainability, supportability, logistic practices and sustainable business development within the system engineering process while lowering total ownership costs.


  • Conferences

  • Workshops

  • National and international training

  • Quarterly newsletter

  • Semi-annual professional journal

  • Industry and environmental consulting

  • Lesson plan development

  • U.S. representation to IEC TC-56 Committee on Dependability.