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    Looking for an example for an ACAT III (non-modified COTS) disposal and demil plan. Our programs begin at MS C via a MS package.


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    You are correct that demilitarization and disposal planning is part of virtually every acquisition program, including COTS acquisition. Demilitarization is simply the act of eliminating functional capabilities and inherent military design features from DoD property, when that property is no longer required. The related disposal plan ensures compliance with legal and regulatory requirements relating to safety, security, and the environment for whatever process is used to remove the property from the books or transfer its ownership. Both demilitarization and disposal concepts include a vast range of possible activities and issues, depending on the circumstances and the equipment. As each is program specific, review of another program's plan would not necessarily elucidate considerations for a different acquisition. However, there is ample information available about just what must or might be included in your program's demilitarization/disposal plan.
     
    The DAU ACQuipedia article on DoD Disposal of Military Systems, https://dap.dau.mil/acquipedia/Pages/ArticleDetails.aspx?aid=1e8209f5-1581-4987-827a-3ecf299383a3 provides a very good introduction to the topic.  From a DOD perspective, the big picture view of the process is found in two very common references including the DODI 4160.28, "DOD Demilitarization Program" which establishes policy and assigns responsibilities. It talks about two demilitarization programs, 'procedural' and 'programmatic'.  A procedural demilitarization plan provides information to support performance of physical demilitarization, while a programmatic
    demilitarization plan would be tailored to a given acquisition program and detail how demilitarization considerations should be integrated into the systems engineering process. The DOD 4160.21-M, "Defense Materiel Disposition Manual" provides a greater degree of process detail, for example Chapter 10 covers environmentally regulated and hazardous property, and chapter 11 explains the precious materials recovery program.  Additionally, Chapter 4 of the Defense Acquisition Guide lays out the program manager requirement to begin planning for demilitarization and disposal very early during the systems engineering process as part of the total life cycle systems management responsibilities, which enables minimization of expense, environmental and other risks associated with the demilitarization and disposal processes. Thus the LCSP is mandated to include pertinent information on this planning, usually found in the system disposal plan annex. Content and strategy of that plan would be program specific, and typically approved within each Service, rather than within the OSD. In some cases demilitarization and disposal may be considered two separate plans, but the strategy is a living document that will be updated as required over the course of a system lifespan. Sorting out the approach early allows design of systems for ease of disposal, at minimal cost and
    environmental impact.
     
    The DAU Acquisition Community Connection (ACC) has a webpage that describes demilitarization and disposal, from an overarching DOD level, and which provides a very comprehensive list of considerations or possible content when developing such plans, https://acc.dau.mil/CommunityBrowser.aspx?id=237157&lang=en-US. This page provides a good overview of the purpose, and factors to consider when developing a strategy.
     
    The DAU Acquisition Community Connection also has a page, information from LOGSA, the Army Logistics Support Activity, with extensive
    details about optimum plan content, considerations and the theory behind planning for demilitarization and disposal. It also includes links to germane references for additional information, for example the AR 700-127 and DA Pam 700-56.  Army Regulation  700-127 , "Integrated Logistics Support" provides definitions of demilitarization and disposal and provides information about how such plan data is used in various other planning processes, for example cost documents, the TEMP and the LCSP. It states clearly that the program manager is responsible for these functions, and also discusses various issues in developing the plans, for example complex environmental and legal implications.  DA PAM 700-56, "Logistics Supportability Planning and Procedures in Army Acquisition" reiterates a disposal plan must be developed well prior to the end of the useful life of a system to identify demilitarization, disposition, and disposal requirements and ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements relating to safety, security, and the environment, at minimal disposal costs. The document states minimum content as follows, without specifying format:  identity and responsibilities of all organizations, hazardous materials handling and demilitarization requirements, security considerations, description of the disposal process and individual activities involved, schedule and costs. You
    might also check Army Regulation 700-144, "Demilitarization and Trade Security" which further describes procedures one would expect in a demilitarization/Disposal strategy. For example Chapter 1 talks policy, Chapter 2 discusses responsibilities, and Chapter 4 specifically discusses demilitarization and disposal plans in detail including objectives, methods, purposes, specific content requirements, safety, codes and administrative information, and so forth. There is also a wealth of information available from the Defense Logistics Agency - Disposition Services,



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