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Depot Maintenance Inter-service Support Agreement (DMISA)


Alternate Definition

A formal agreement, similar to a contract, whereby one military Service (the Repair Agent) agrees to provide depot maintenance support for another Service (the Principal). DMISAs are generally established to cover organic depot maintenance and related support functions for weapon systems, equipment end items, systems, subsystems, components, or commodity groups

Alternate Definition Source

OPNAV Instruction (OPNAVINST) 4790.14BJoint Depot Maintenance Program

Defense Logistics Manual (DLM) 4000.25: Defense Logistics Management Standards (DLMS) 

General Information
  • Depot maintenance support provided by one Service to another is referred to Depot Maintenance Inter-service (DMI) Support.
  • Use of DMI support precludes the establishment of unwarranted duplicate depot maintenance capability and avoids expenditure of potential associated non-recurring costs. DMI support can also yield reduced recurring costs by leveraging economies of scale when assets of multiple Services are repaired at a single location.
  • There are two types of DMI support:
    • Credit Exchange: In this type of arrangement, which typically is used for repairable component items, one Service (referred to as the Primary Inventory Control Activity (PICA)) provides depot maintenance support for items used by itself, as well as by other Services (referred to as Secondary Inventory Control Activities (SICA)). Credit exchange is most appropriate in cases where the PICA and SICA Services have identical depot maintenance requirements. In credit exchange arrangements, SICA Services obtain depot maintenance support by submitting repairable carcasses to the PICA while simultaneously requisitioning serviceable items. The SICAs are given credit by the PICA for the carcasses and are charged average repair cost (in lieu of the standard price). Support can be provided by either contract or organic sources.
    • DMISA: Used to provide organic DMI support for items for which the credit exchange method is not appropriate, such as end items, serially-controlled components and multi-Service-used items for which the using Services have differing depot maintenance requirements. Support can be provided by either contract or organic sources.
  • DMISAs are typically used for multi-year, recurring-type workloads. One-time, single-year DMI workloads are sometimes managed by less formal arrangements such as a Military Interdepartmental Purchase Request or memorandum of agreement.
  • DMISAs are typically established for a specified period of performance (e.g., five years) and provide for annual review of DMISA status/issues by the involved parties.
  • DMISAs are signed by representatives of the customer Service (the "Principal") and the performing Service (the "Agent"). In some instances, a representative of the Defense Logistics Agency Defense Distribution Center co-located at the performing organic depot is also asked to sign, in recognition DLA’s role in providing repair parts to the performing depot in support of the DMISA workload.
  • Overall coordination of DMISA negotiation and management is accomplished by the Service Maintenance Inter-service Management Support Offices (MISMO). Each Service has one MISMO.
  • Negotiation and management of individual DMISAs is typically accomplished by Maintenance Inter-service Support Offices (MISO), which are assigned to various appropriate organizations (e.g., commands, centers) within each of the Services.
  • The Services use a standard format for the DMISA document, consisting of the following sections:
    • Title/Administration
    • Terms of Agreement
    • Materiel Support
    • Exhibits (used as applicable)
      • I -- Schedule and Cost – Major Programs
      • II – Schedule and Cost – Minor Programs
      • III – Projected Requirements (Major Programs, Minor Programs and Pending Capability)
      • IV – National Emergency Requirements
      • V – Special Engineering Support
      • VI – Bill of Materiel, Requirements List
      • VII – Work Specifications, Quality Assurance
      • VIII – Product-Oriented Survey Parameters
      • IX – Joint Operating Procedure for Configuration Management
      • X-A – List of Reports
      • X-B – Monthly Production Report
      • XI – Safety
      • XII – Special Markings
      • XIII – Special Shipping Instructions
      • XIV – Special Preservation, Packaging and Packaging Instructions
      • XV – Material Support Procedures
        • XV-A – Rotatable Pool Procedures
        • XV-B – Modifications Kits
        • XV-C – Other Material Support Procedures
      • XVI – Tools and Equipment
      • XVII – Other Support (Non-Engineering)