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    What is a Concept Plan? What is the difference between LCSP and a Concept plan? Can you provide a template or a sample concept plan?


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    As per Army Regulation 71-32, Section III, Paragraph 7-12a., a concept plan is a detailed proposal to create or change one or more units when the level of change reaches a specified threshold.  The purpose of the concept plan is to ensure that resources are used to support Army objectives and priorities, ensure full understanding of the change, enable auditing resource realignments, ensure supportability and satisfy a variety of Army Staff (ARSTAF) functional interests about how the proponent plans to implement change. 

    Organization concept plans (OCP) are required any time an Army organization meets reorganization thresholds such as:

    · Creation of a new Table of Distribution and Allowances (TDA)/Institutional Army/Generating Force organization.
    ·  Change to a TDA organization’s mission or functions that will involve increased demands on HQDA for personnel, equipment, funds and facilities.
    ·  Reorganization of a TDA unit at or above directorate level.
    ·  Establishment or reorganization of an Army Management Headquarters Activity (AMHA).
    ·  Growth of one new uniformed military requirement.
    ·  Growth of ten or more new civilian requirements per Unit Identification Code (UIC)
    ·  Total Army Analysis (TAA) providing resources for a new or existing TDA organization.
    Army Regulation 71 32 also includes a detailed outline for a concept plan and can be accessed via the below web address:  http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/r71_32.pdf.  Additional guidance and a template is provided via Department of the Army Memo dated 31 March 2010 and can be accessed on the web at http://www.asamra.army.mil/scra/documents/ConceptPlanGuidance31Mar10.pdf.
     
    The above concept plan and criteria pertains to the U.S. Army.  The Life Cycle Sustainment Plan (LCSP) is an iterative document that articulates the Program Management Office’s product support strategy that must be kept relevant as the program evolves through the acquisition milestones and into sustainment.   In accordance with Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) Memorandum dated September 14, 2011, a Life Cycle Sustainment Plan (LCSP) is required for every Acquisition Program within the Department of Defense.  The LCSP Outline can be accessed at https://acc.dau.mil/adl/en-US/472389/file/60371/USA005157-11_Signed.pdf.   Additional info regarding the LCSP is contained in DoDI 5000.02, Operation of the Defense Acquisition System, and can be accessed at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/500002p.pdf.


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