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Integrated Product Support (IPS) Element - Training & Training Support


One of the 12 Integrated Product Support (IPS) Elements. Consists of the policy, processes, procedures, techniques, Training Aids, Devices, Simulators, and Simulations (TADSS), planning and provisioning for the training base including equipment used to train civilian and military personnel to acquire, operate, maintain, and support a system. This includes New Equipment Training (NET), institutional, sustainment training and Displaced Equipment Training (DET) for the individual, crew, unit, collective, and maintenance through initial, formal, informal, on the job training (OJT), and sustainment proficiency training. Significant efforts are focused on NET which in conjunction with the overall training strategy shall be validated during system evaluation and test at the individual, crew, and unit levels.

General Information

Training is the learning process by which personnel individually or collectively acquire or enhance pre-determined job-relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities by developing their cognitive, physical, sensory, and team dynamic abilities. The "training/instructional system" integrates training concepts and strategies and elements of logistic support to satisfy personnel performance levels required to operate, maintain, and support the systems. It includes the tools used to provide learning experiences such as computer-based interactive courseware, simulators, and actual equipment (including embedded training capabilities on actual equipment), job performance aids, and Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETM). It is critical that to ensure alignment between system design and training program, any and all changes must be evaluated as to the impact on the training program. The training products themselves may require separate configuration management and supportability. 

The Product Support Manager (PSM) needs to understand the requirements for training related to the civilian and military workforce for weapon systems acquisition and the training required for civilians and military to lead, operate and sustainment the weapon system being fielded. Training performed by the DoD is focused on the following specific outcomes:

  • Institutional training for the military and civilian workforce.
  • Weapon system acquisition-related training is developed and implemented to specifically support the fielding of new systems or major modifications of systems.
  • Operational and field training is performed as part of individual, unit and organizational training typically conducted at home station, during major training events and while operationally deployed.
  • Self-development training is tailored for individuals seeking additional knowledge growth that complements what has been learned in the classroom and on the job. 

The PSM and HSI domain level SMEs and practitioners should collaborate on training planning and training cost estimates and document them in the Life Cycle Sustainment Plan (LCSP) and the Cost Analysis Requirements Description(CARD).