DSMC POC: Logistics Management Department; (703) 805-2497
Logistics Management is the process of "getting the right things, to the right places, at the right time, for the right cost." Department of Defense logistics management encompasses the entire system's lifecycle to include acquisition (design, develop, test, produce and deploy), sustainment (operations and support), and disposal.
The principal goals/objectives of logistics management are to:
1. Influence product design for supportability
2. Design and develop the support system
3. Acquire and concurrently deploy the supportable system (including support infrastructure)
4. Maintain/improve readiness and improve affordability
Support Elements, such as the following, have traditionally been considered a framework for supportability analyses:
1. Maintenance Planning
2. Manpower and Personnel
3. Supply Support
4. Support Equipment
5. Technical Data and Transportation
6. Training and Training Support
7. Computer Resources Support
9. Packaging, Handling, Storage
10. System/Design Interface
Logistics Transformation is fundamental to acquisition reform. DoD decision makers shall integrate acquisition and logistics to ensure a superior product support process by focusing on total ownership cost, supportability as a key design and performance factor, and logistics emphasis in the system's engineering process.
Support Strategy is part of the acquisition strategy and an integral part of the system's engineering process. The support strategy shall address life cycle sustainment and continuous improvement of product affordability, reliability, and supportability, while sustaining readiness.
Supportability Analyses are a set of analytical tools used as an integral part of the system's engineering process. These tools help determine how to most cost effectively support the system throughout the life cycle and form the basis for design requirements stated in the system performance specification and Product Support Management Plan.
Key Acquisition Documents that reflect support inputs include the Operational Requirements Document (ORD), Test and Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP), Acquisition Program Baseline (APB) and the contract.
Product Support Management Plan is a life cycle plan that includes actions to assure sustainment and continually improve product affordability. This plan is used throughout initial procurement, reprocurement, and post production support. The plan documents an integrated acquisition and logistics strategy for the life of the system.
Post Deployment Evaluations of the system, beginning at Initial Operational Capability (IOC), shall be used to verify whether the fielded system meets thresholds and objectives for cost, performance, and support parameters. Demonstration of supportability and life cycle affordability shall be entrance criteria for the Production and Deployment Phase.
Performance Based Logistics consists of: 1) output performance parameters to ensure system ready
capability, 2) assignment of responsibilities with incentives for attainment
of the goals associated with these performance parameters, and 3) overall life
cycle management of system reliability, sustainment and Total Ownership Cost.