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    Is it practical to use an ILSP as a reference for Industry and government acquisition strategy when there are no current recommendation or reference to the standard for validation purposes.


    The short answer to your question is no. The requirement for a Life Cycle Sustainment Plan (LCSP) is articulated in DoD Instruction 5000.02, Enclosure 6, Paragraph 3 available at, which states “Program managers for all programs are responsible for developing and maintaining an LCSP consistent with the product support strategy, beginning at Milestone A. The plan will describe sustainment influences on system design and the technical, business, and management activities to develop, implement, and deliver a product support package that maintains affordable system operational effectiveness over the system life cycle and seeks to reduce cost without sacrificing necessary levels of program support.” Additional information is also available in both the DoD PSM Guidebook at and Chapter 4 of the Defense Acquisition Guidebook at
    Additionally, in answer to the second question, the answer is also no. According to DoD Instruction 5000.02, Enclosure 6, Paragraph 3, “The Acquisition Strategy will also include an overview of the product support strategy and sustainment-related contracts.” This overview is intended to be a synopsis of the product support strategy outlined in the system’s LCSP.
    Older Integrated Logistics Support Plan (ILSP) and Life Cycle Management Plan (LCMP) terminology and content requirements were superseded by the establishment of the LCSP in September 2011 (as updated by version 2 in January 2017). According to the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Expeditionary Programs and Logistics Management (DASN (ELM)), all Navy programs should be using the current DoD LCSP framework.
    Detailed information can be found in the DoD Life Cycle Sustainment Plan Outline at

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