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    When establishing a Life Cycle Sustainment Plan for a laboratory, are key performance parameters required?


    Per DoDI 5000.02, Life Cycle Sustainment Plans (LCSP) are required for all programs ((ACAT) ID, ACAT IAM, and USD(AT&L)-designated special interest programs, ACAT IC, ACAT IAC, and ACAT II and below). Laboratories are not typically considered standalone programs, so a standalone LCSP is not likely required. However, if the laboratory is providing mission critical support to a program, it should be addressed as part of the program's LCSP.

    Section 3 of the LCSP Outline is directly applicable to your question. It includes the following:

    "List all supplemental support elements that will be present in the O&S Phase (e.g., training simulators, system integration labs, server farms, mock-ups) and whether they are a PSM’s responsibility for support or supported via other means (e.g., memorandum of agreement).

    Identify the mission critical subsystems and strategy to keep these subsystems operational. Mission critical systems are those systems whose failure would prevent the platform from continuing its mission and force the platform to wait for repair.

    The decomposition of the sustainment requirement and the system architecture and allocation against the product support elements necessary to satisfy the requirement should be included in Figure 3-1 and Table 3-1. Ensure Figure 3-1 is consistent with the system metrics in Section 2 and the Product Support Arrangements in Section 3.3."

    As clarification, Figure 3-1 is a Sample Drawing of the Reference Design Concept. Table 3-1 is the Product Support Strategy for Reference Design Concept. Section 3.3 addresses Product Support Arrangements (PSA), and the requirement for programs to include a listing of all agreements needed to deliver the system, subsystem or component program's Product Support Strategy, including associated contracts, task orders, agreements or non-contractual arrangements within the government.

    In terms of laboratory performance requirements, they would typically be captured in the PSA between the program and the laboratory via an intra-service agreement, e.g., a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). The laboratory's allocated portion of the Product Support Strategy would need to roll up and contribute to the program's Sustainment Key Performance Parameter (KPP), but a KPP would not likely be applied to the laboratory's contributions.

    FYSA, the Sustainment KPP is intended to ensure an adequate quantity of the top level capability solution will be ready for tasking to support operational missions. The Sustainment KPP consists of two primary components: Materiel Availability and Operational Availability. Respectively, they provide fleet-wide availability and operational unit availability.

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