DAU GLOSSARY DEFINITION
A brief description of maintenance considerations, constraints, and plans for operational support of the system/equipment under development. A preliminary maintenance concept is developed and submitted as part of the preliminary system operational concept for each alternative solution candidate by the operating command with the assistance of the implementing and supporting commands. A major driver in designing the system/equipment and the support planned.
The maintenance concept should include a brief description of the maintenance considerations, constraints, and plans for operational support of the system/equipment under development, derived from the Concept of Operations (CONOPS). The maintenance concept reflects existing Service maintenance policy and design, cost, readiness, and operational requirements for the proposed alternate solutions. Some general guidelines to consider when establishing the system’s maintenance concept are:
- Sustainment Key Performance Parameter (KPP) and Key System Attribute (KSA) requirements
- Product Support Strategy (PSS) (e.g., Performance Based Logistics (PBL), Transactional Logistics [either Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) or organically provided] or a hybrid mix)
- Anticipated levels of repair (e.g., field-level and/or depot-level of repair).
- General overall repair policies such as “repair or replace” criteria (i.e., organizational-level remove and replace with depot-level repair).
- Organizational responsibilities for maintenance (e.g., inspect, troubleshoot, lubricate, remove and replace, document and report failures).
- Anticipated availability of resources (e.g., all the Integrated Product Support (IPS) Elements and the Product Support Package (PSP) captured in SAE GEIA-STD-S0007c-compliant Logistics Product Data (LPD)
- Use of contractors both within the Continental US (CONUS) and outside of the CONUS (OCONUS)
- Statutory maintenance guidance
- Public-Private Partnerships (PPP)
- Modular Open Systems Architecture (MOSA)
- Supportability Analyses
The guidelines established by the maintenance concept are the foundation for maintenance planning.
An assessment of existing and emerging maintenance technologies should be performed to determine opportunities that exist and could significantly impact new ways of performing maintenance tasks, improved methods for testing and identification of faults, logistics and maintenance data of similar equipment provide an invaluable source of information that is the logistics and maintenance support of the new equipment.
The maintenance concept is determined by criteria derived from Warfighter requirements prior to Milestone (MS) A , resulting from an analysis of equipment operational and support information. This concept may include the organizational structure of both the user and supporting units that will perform maintenance.The guidelines established by the maintenance concept are the foundation for maintenance planning.
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