Governments around the world are increasingly looking for military sustainment solutions beyond traditional MRO, such as for total management of supply chains, according to speakers at Aviation Week’s MRO Military conference in Miami Beach. Hal Chrisman, a principal at AeroStrategy, points to the deal between Japan’s Self-Defense Force and Sojitz Aerospace. The move comes as Western and allied nations face a combination of budget pressures and high-cost, complex weapons systems. "We’ve reached an inflection point where you can’t just buy stuff," says Tom Captain, aerospace and defense leader at Deloitte. "Thus, MRO becomes our key activity going forward."