The supportability analysis is a planned series of tasks performed to
examine all elements of a proposed system in order to:
- Determine the logistics support required to keep the
system useable for its intended purpose.
- Ensure that the design process results in a system that can be supported
at a reasonable cost.
The supportability analysis process should begin using requirements from the Mission Needs Statement, Operational Requirements Document, Acquisition Program Baseline and the Design Reference Mission Profile. Operational and maintenance constraints must be identified early for inclusion into the design. As the design progresses, the supportability analysis process evolves from a general concept to a detailed definition of the logistics elements. The supportability analysis strategy is refined through comparative product analysis, use studies and trade studies. The resulting operational, maintenance and diagnostics concepts influence system requirements and directly impact all logistics elements. The following figure identifies the primary areas of logistics emphasis and their relationship to the defense acquisition phases.