The purpose of this guide is to provide acquisition logistics practitioners with an assessment tool to aid in measuring logistics progress from program start through initial operational capability. Logistics program success is primarily driven by various design, test, and production practices conducted during the acquisition phase. The relationships between these practices and their impact on logistics are addressed in this guide. Metrics that benchmark sound practices have been identified for each program logistics activity. They are presented in a format that can be measured and maintained in a database as an historical file. However, these metrics are not time phased as the degree of planning and implementation typically varies from one phase to another or from program to program. As assessments are periodically performed at various program milestones, an audit trail of logistics progress can be established and logistics risk assessed. In addition, chapters on contractual information, "Watch Out Fors" and logistics resources and tools are provided.