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BCA Requirements in New DoD Product Support Policy

As part of our ongoing series of DAU LOG Blogs focusing on the new focusing on the new DoD Instruction 5000.91 Product Support Management for the Adaptive Acquisition Framework (AAF) policy wanted to…

BCA Requirements in New DoD Product Support Policy

Bill Kobren
As part of our ongoing series of DAU LOG Blogs focusing on the new focusing on the new DoD Instruction 5000.91 Product Support Management for the Adaptive Acquisition Framework (AAF) policy wanted to take a few moments today to focus on several of the new requirements related to Product Support Business Case Analysis (BCA) . While not all inclusive, a few key highlights from the document in general, and Para 4.5 in particular include:
  • Para 4.3.b.(4) “For covered systems, a detailed LCSP will include… results of the Product Support Business Case Analysis (PS BCA)”
  • Para 4.3.d. “The PSM will use product support analysis data, as described in Paragraph 4.4. of this issuance, to support the PS BCA (see Paragraph 4.5. of this issuance), PSS, and LCSP. The PSM will conduct a PS BCA to assess courses of action being considered and document the recommended course of action in the LCSP that achieves readiness goals, manages risks, and is cost-effective….”
  • Para 4.5.a. "The PS BCA is a structured methodology and document that aids decision making by identifying and comparing product support alternatives, examining the mission and business impacts (both financial and non-financial), risks, and sensitivities."
  • Para 4.5.a. "The PS BCA is the summary of the analysis, assumptions, performance, risks, and costs of analyzed courses of action, and the rationale for the selection of the recommended course of action. The warfighter’s requirements and the PSS is used to structure the PS BCA. The PS BCA will include alternatives that balance cost effective readiness and organic sustainment requirements. The PS BCA development process is iterative in nature and the results of the PS BCA and detailed planning may lead to subsequent PSS refinement."
  • Para 4.5.b. "The output of the PS BCA helps determine a best value solution for meeting the PSS. The PM uses recommendations from the PS BCA to support sustainment funding requirements in the programming, planning, budgeting, and execution process."
  • Para 4.5.b. "The PM and PSM will revalidate the PS BCA based on changes (to systems, hardware or software, constraints, and operational environment) or every 5 years, whichever occurs first. The PS BCA provides O&S cost projections associated with the PSS, as reflected in the LCSP, which informs the PM’s program objective memorandum (POM) input, in time to allocate funds required for the PSPs and the PSIs to execute sustainment activities."
  • Para 4.5.c. "As the program progresses, the PSM will use supportability analyses, operational data, and forecasting (prognostics) to develop updates to the PS BCA to ensure the product support solution is still satisfying the PSS as critical parts, system configuration, and concept of operations (CONOPS) changes occur over the program life cycle."

Finally, to assist you in becoming more familiar with the new DoDI 5000.91 product support policy, a comprehensive and growing list of readily-available references and resources is available, including:

Additionally, regular readers of this blog know that I’ve been sharing in-depth perspectives and insights into various aspects of this new policy in a series of recent DAU LOG Blog posts that include: