3.9.1. Purpose. The objective of this activity is the
execution of a support program that meets operational support performance
requirements and sustains the system in the most cost-effective manner over
its total life cycle. When the system has reached the end of its useful
life, it shall be disposed of in an appropriate manner. Operations and
Support has two major efforts: Sustainment and Disposal.
126.96.36.199. Sustainment includes supply, maintenance,
transportation, sustaining engineering, data management, configuration
management, manpower, personnel, training, habitability, survivability, environment, safety
(including explosives safety), occupational health, protection of critical
program information, anti-tamper provisions, and information technology
(IT), including National Security Systems (NSS), supportability and
188.8.131.52. Effective sustainment of weapon systems begins with
the design and development of reliable and maintainable systems through
the continuous application of a robust systems engineering methodology. As
a part of this process, the PM shall employ human factors engineering to
design systems that require minimal manpower; provide effective training;
can be operated and maintained by users; and are suitable (habitable and
safe with minimal environmental and occupational health hazards) and
survivable (for both the crew and equipment).
184.108.40.206. The PM shall work with the users to document
performance and support requirements in performance agreements specifying
objective outcomes, measures, resource commitments, and stakeholder
responsibilities. The Military Services shall document sustainment
procedures that ensure integrated combat support.
220.127.116.11. The DoD Components shall initiate system
modifications, as necessary, to improve performance and reduce ownership
18.104.22.168.1. PMs shall optimize operational readiness
through affordable, integrated, embedded diagnostics and prognostics,
and embedded training and testing; serialized item management; automatic
identification technology (AIT); and iterative technology refreshment.
22.214.171.124.2. PMs shall ensure that data syntax and semantics
for high capacity AIT devices conform to International Organization for
Standardization (ISO) 15434 and ISO 15418, references (j) and (k).
126.96.36.199. The Services, in conjunction with users, shall
conduct continuing reviews of sustainment strategies, utilizing
comparisons of performance expectation as defined in performance
agreements against actual performance measures. PMs shall revise, correct,
and improve sustainment strategies as necessary to meet performance
188.8.131.52. Sustainment strategies shall evolve and be refined
throughout the life cycle, particularly during development of subsequent
increments of an evolutionary strategy, modifications, upgrades, and
reprocurement. The PM shall ensure that a flexible, performance-oriented
strategy to sustain systems is developed and executed.
3.9.3. Disposal. At the end of its useful life, a
system shall be demilitarized and disposed in accordance with all legal and
regulatory requirements and policy relating to safety (including explosives
safety), security, and the environment. During the design process, PMs shall
document hazardous materials contained in the system, and shall estimate and
plan for the system.s demilitarization and safe disposal.