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    Are Business Case Analysis not required for ACAT III programs? This LCSP states "As a designated ACAT III program, a formal BCA/EA was not accomplished." . Is identifying PSM roles and responsibilities considered an acceptable product support strategy?


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    Your question had three parts.  1) Are Business Case Analysis not required for ACAT III programs?  2) This LCSP states "As a designated ACAT III program, a formal BCA/EA was not accomplished."   3)  Is identifying PSM roles and responsibilities considered an acceptable product support strategy?

    1) DoDI 5000.02, dated Jan 7, 2015 Enclosure 6, paragraph d on page 115 states than an LCSP will include a BCA as a required annex for ACAT I, II, and III programs. Your ACAT III program, IAW the DoDI 5000.02 should have a BCA. 

    2) The PM is responsible for developing and maintaining the LCSP.  As far as the content of the LSCP it should be IAW the prescribed format, represent an integrated approach so it should be approved by PM, PSM, Contracting Officer, lead engineer, lead financial analyst as it moves up the approval chain. The depth required of what must be included in the LCSP as an ACAT III this is left up to the services to decide for these programs.

    3) Identifying a PSM who according to ... Directive-Type Memorandum (DTM) 10-015, Requirements for Life Cycle Management and Product Support (Change 1), April 29, 2011, the two primary responsibilities of the Product Support Manager (PSM) are to "develop and implement a comprehensive, outcome-based, product support strategy" and to "document the product support strategy in the Life Cycle Sustainment Plan (LCSP)," in accordance with DoD Instruction 5000.02, "Operation of the Defense Acquisition System."  So just identifying a PSM  doesn't mean your program has PSS.  Remember the PSS is the basis for all sustainment efforts, and its acceptability is up to your PM and MDA.  I hope this answers your AAP question.

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