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September 30, 2008Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon, General Dynamics and their military branch partners were recognized Tuesday as winners of the 2008 Performance-Based Logistics Awards. The Fourth Annual Secretary of Defense PBL Awards, jointly developed by the Defense Department, the Defense Acquisition University and the Aerospace Industries Association, acknowledge outstanding government-industry partnerships at the system, subsystem and component level. PBL is a logistics discipline that focuses on performance and capability rather than a product or service alone. "These awards recognize the achievement programs have made in implementing PBL programs," AIA's Vice President of National Security Fred Downey said during the presentation. "It is widely acknowledged that as more pressure is put on investment accounts, PBL will be the leveling factor to keep operations and maintenance costs in check." The F-22 Raptor PBL Team won the System Level Award. Composed of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Boeing, and Pratt & Whitney, along with the U.S. Air Force, the team was honored for producing the highest readiness rates in the program's history. Raytheon and the U.S, Navy were awarded the Sub-System Level Award for the ALV-67(v)3 Radar Warning System. Awarded in 1999, the PBL contract has avoided $29.6 million in costs to date, with an estimated future cost avoidance of $33.1 million. General Dynamics and the U.S. Army were awarded the Component Level Award for the AN/TSQ 221 Tactical Airspace Integration System, an air traffic control and battle command system. The PBL initiatives have increased reliability and maintainability, reduced system downtime and increased operational availability to the warfighter. The awards were made during AIA's Product Support Conference in Hilton Head, South Carolina.