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The DoD PSM’s Role in Planning for Supply Support

The DoD PSM’s Role in Planning for Supply Support

The DoD PSM’s Role in Planning for Supply Support
Shawn Harrison

Supply Support, the Integrated Product Support (IPS) Element that provides Warfighters the consumables, reparables, and bulk supplies to sustain weapon systems, is a key responsibility of the DoD PSM. During system development, the PSM, through the Supply Support Integrated Product Team (SSIPT) (or equivalent), ensures parts and supplies are provisioned, cataloged, computed, programmed and budgeted, procured, delivered, and replenished to deliver support in the right quantity, at the right location, at the right time, and in serviceable (useable) condition. In doing so, the PSM and SSIPT must engage many stakeholders, including the Warfighter, wholesale supply organizations such as the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and Service organizations (e.g., 448th Supply Chain Management Wing, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), etc.), Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and key suppliers, and retail supply organizations (e.g., 635th Supply Chain Operations Wing, installation “parts stores,” etc.).

The DoD PSM oversees key activities such as the Provisioning Guidance Conference, provisioning conferences, cataloging (executed by DLA), spares computations (often executed by headquarters activities and using analytical methods such as Readiness Based Sparing), programming and budgeting (in concert with the program’s Business/Financial Manager), procurement of initial spares (including long-lead), and establishment of the supply chain down to the installation level through the materiel release and site activation processes. This often includes Interim Contractor (Supply) Support with a robust transition plan to either organic support, contractor logistics support, or a combination of the two.

DoD has placed renewed emphasis on obtaining necessary provisioning and cataloging data during system development, with appropriate license rights and in preferred formats such as the SAE-GEIA-STD-0007 for Logistics Product Data. PSMs should verify during source selection and the Integrated Baseline Review that the OEM has flowed down these requirements, including Provisioning Technical Documentation and Engineering Data for Provisioning, to their suppliers to maximize DoD’s ability to “fully describe” items during cataloging, which translates into flexibility and competition to drive down cost later in the life cycle. For a complete list of Supply Support activities, consult the IPS Elements Guidebook.

In today’s Contested Logistics Environment, the PSM must plan for Supply Chain Resilience, the capability of supply chains to respond quickly to unexpected events, adapt to changes, and ensure continuity of operations after a disruption— the outcome of proactive Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) and Supply Chain Security. This requires close collaboration with the Warfighter and supply Product Support Integrators and Providers.

To learn more, see a recent blog on this subject and check out LOG 0370, DoD Supply Chain Fundamentals; LOG 0440, Supply Chain Resiliency Fundamentals; and CLCL003A, Supply Chain Integration Credential.