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    Is there an authoritative location at any of the DAU sites that tracks and shows the changes in terminology and guidance throughout the years?


    There is no singular location that is dedicated to tracking changes in terminology and guidance.  Individual DOD Departments, Agencies and Activities may contain archival policy documents/presentations.  DAU maintains Communities of Practice that may on an individual community basis may provide such information.  In addition, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) ASSIST web page identifies and provides links to several categories of documents, to include MIL-STANDARDS (MIL-STD), MIL-HANDBOOKS (MIL-HDBK), and commercial standards, and provides access to revisions of the documents, thereby providing a technical audit trail. 
    The submitter of the question accurately described the progression of the several standards referenced in terms of “For example, 1552 was the punch card era, 1388 was the relational database era and further expanded on the collection of logistic technical data, and 0007 is the internet data exchange (XML schema) era.” The following discussion addresses the changes in guidance for the standards addressed in the question, i.e.:
    MIL-STD-1552, Uniform DOD Requirements for Provisioning Technical Documentation. Published in 1974, the standard prescribed the format and preparation instructions for Uniform DOD Provisioning Technical Documentation (PTD) developed by contractors. PTD requirements for an individual contract (s) were specified on a Contract Data Requirements List (CDRL), DD Form 1423, and listed on the Provisioning Technical Documentation Data Selection Sheet (PTDDSS), DD Form 1949-1. This standard was used in conjunction with MIL-STD-1561, Uniform DOD Provisioning Procedures, Uniform DOD, which prescribed terms and conditions governing provisioning of end items of material, including components and support items, procured by the Department of Defense.
    In 1973, the Department established MIL-STD-1388-1 Logistics Support Analysis and 1388-2 Logistics Support Analysis Record (LSAR).  MIL-STD-1388 series fully implemented the MIL-STD-1552 and MIL-STD-1561 procedures as well as the PTD requirements as part of the Logistics Support Analysis process, which included the ability to input provisioning data as well as to produce a series of provisioning technical documentation “LSA Reports”, such to LSA-036 LSA-036, Provisioning Requirements Report Specification.  MIL-STD-1552 was formally cancelled in 1984.
    MIL-STD-1388-1 Logistics Support Analysis, and MIL-STD 1388-2 Logistics Support Analysis Record (LSAR).  The 1973 issued standards implemented the Logistic Support Analysis (LSA) guidelines and requirements established by Department of Defense (DOD) Instruction 5000.2, Major System Acquisition Procedures, and DOD Directive 5000.39, Acquisition and Management of Integrated Logistic Support for Systems and Equipment.
    The goal of the standard was to define and implement a single, uniform approach by the Military Services for conducting those activities necessary to (a) cause supportability requirements to be an integral part of system requirements and design, (b) define support requirements related to the design and to each other, (c) define the required support during the operational phase, and (d) prepare attendant” data products. LSA is the selective application of scientific and engineering efforts undertaken during the acquisition process, as part of the system engineering and design process, to assist in complying with supportability and other Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) objectives through the use of an iterative process of definition, synthesis, tradeoff, test, and evaluation. While the 1388-1 standard provided general requirements in the form of tasks and outputs, the 1388-2 standard provided the detailed database definition and structure.  Both MIL-STD-1388-1 and 1388-2 were cancelled in 1997 as part of the aforementioned acquisition reform initiative that cancelled military standards and focused on the adoption of commercial standards in their place as a cost-saving measure. 
    MIL-PRF-49506, Logistics Management Information.  Subsequent to the 1997 cancellation of the MIL-STD-1388-1, -2 series, MIL-PRF-49506 described information required by the government to perform acquisition logistics management functions. The principle focus of the specification was to provide the DOD with a contractual method for acquiring support and support-related engineering and logistics data from contractors, given the cancellation of MIL-STD-1388-1 and 1388-2.  The information took the form of summary reports, a set of specific data products, or both. This specification identified content requirements for information summaries (DI-ALSS-81530, Logistics Management Information (LMI) Summaries) and format requirement for data products (DI-ALSS-81529, Logistics Management Information (LMI) Data Product).  MIL-PRF-49506 was superseded by TechAmerica Standard GEIA-STD-0007, Logistics Product Data in 2006, and was cancelled in 2011.
    GEIA-STD-0007 Logistics Product Data.  As discussed on the SAE website, GEIA-STD-0007 “…defines logistics product data generated during the requirements definition and design of an industry or government system, end item or product. It makes use of the Extensible Markup Language (XML) through the use of entities and attributes that comprise logistics product data and their definitions. The standard is designed to provide users with a standard set of data tags for all or portions of logistics product data and customer defined sub-sets of logistics product data. The standard can be applied to any industry or government product, system or equipment acquisition program, major modification program, and applicable research and development projects. This standard is for use by both industry and government activities. As used in this standard, the requiring authority is generally the customer and the customer can be a government or industry activity. The performing activity may be either an industry or government activity.”
    Published in 2006, GEIA-STD-0007 does not prescribe the supportability analyses required to generate logistics product data. How the data is generated via analysis techniques/tools, how it is stored and processed, and how the data is used to generate specific logistics support products, is left to the performing activity. GEIA-STD-0007 is a data transfer standard implementing the logistics data concepts of GEIA-927, Common Data Schema for Complex Systems.
    GEIA-HB-0007, Logistics Product Data Handbook.  Published in 2006, the handbook provided additional information on the use and tailoring of the data in GEIA-STD-0007. The standard provides a new approach to Logistics Support Analysis Record (LSAR) (i.e., MIL-STD-1388-2B) data with emphasis on data transfer (e.g., XML Schemas) versus data storage (e.g., relational tables).  The handbook provides information that assists the user of GEIA-STD-0007 in understanding the analysis process that result in logistics product data; the identification of logistics product data required to produce logistics reports; and how to contract for GEIA-STD-0007. The handbook has been revised based on changes to GEIA-STD-0007-B. The changes include new Entities and Attributes to capture reliability analyses results, scheduled maintenance events, maintenance objective states, transportability information and digital files. These additions affect the guidance, figures and tables contained in the handbook.
    SAE-TA-0017-Product Support Analysis.  SAE-TA-0017 as a commercial standard redefines and focuses the technical “Logistics Support Analysis” processes had formerly been documented in the MIL-STD-3188-1, Logistics Support Analysis. Issued in 2012, the commercial standard establishes general principles and descriptions of activities which, when performed in a logical and iterative nature, comprise the Product Support Analysis process.  SAE-TA-0017, when used in conjunction with GEIA-STD-0007, Logistics Product Data and GEIA-HB-0007, Logistics Product Data Handbook, establish the Product Support Analysis process in terms of both process/activities, recorded information, and output reports.
    MIL-HDBK-502A, Product Support Analysis.  Issued in 2013, handbook provides guidance on DOD’s implantation of SAE-TA-STD-0017, Product Support Analysis activities as an integral part of the overall systems engineering process.  The handbook addresses the overall Product Support Analysis (PSA) process and its associated activities, the selection and tailoring of those activities to meet DOD program supportability objectives, and sample contract language for acquiring PSA deliverables.
    MIL-HDBK-502A is the first DOD guidance for the Product Support Analysis since the cancellation of the MIL-HDBK-1388-1, -2 series.  The process is applicable, in part or in whole, to all types of materiel and automated information systems and all acquisition strategies. The focus of the handbook is to provide guidance to the members of the defense acquisition workforce who are responsible for the supportability of materiel systems or automated information systems as identified in the TA-STD-0017 Product Support Analysis commercial standard. There are three appendices that address Contracting for Product Support, Intellectual Property and Level of Repair Analysis. This handbook is for guidance only and cannot be cited as a requirement.

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