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LCSP Requirements in New DoD Product Support Policy

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

LCSP Requirements in New DoD Product Support Policy

Bill Kobren

As part of our ongoing series of DAU LOG Blogs 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 the Life Cycle Sustainment Plan (LCSP). While not all inclusive, a few key highlights from the document in general, and Para 4.3 in particular include:

  • Para 2.2.a. “Under the authority, direction, and control of the USD(A&S), the ASD(S)…approves the program LCSP for Acquisition Category (ACAT) 1D and special interest programs.”
  • Para 2.9.b.(3) “The Component Acquisition Executive (CAE)… approves LCSPs for all ACAT 1B or 1C programs and below, unless this responsibility is delegated to a designated official.”
  • Para 4.1.e.(4) “Product Support Managers will… develop, update, and implement a detailed LCSP.”
  • Para 4.3.a. “The Product Support Strategy (PSS) is the overarching strategy to meet sustainment requirements. The PSM will document the initial PSS within the acquisition strategy at program inception, and then in the LCSP, at Milestone A or an equivalent decision event for covered systems pursuant to Section 2337 of Title 10, U.S.C.”
  • Para 4.3.a. “The LCSP is the detailed product support plan, including sustainment metrics, risks, costs, and analyses used to deliver the performance-based best value strategy covering the IPS elements.”
  • Para 4.3.b. “The LCSP is the primary program management reference governing operations and support planning and execution from program inception to disposal.
  • Para 4.3.b. “An LCSP is required for all covered systems and is the principal document establishing the system’s product support planning and sustainment, pursuant to Section 2337 of Title 10, U.S.C.”
  • Para 4.3.b.For covered systems, a detailed LCSP will include: (1) A comprehensive PSS; (2) Performance goals… (3) An approved life cycle cost estimate for the system. (4) Results of the Product Support Business Case Analysis (PS BCA). (5) Affordability constraints and key cost factors that could affect the system’s O&S costs and proposed mitigation plans. (6) Sustainment risks, SCRM, and diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortage (DMSMS) risk management and proposed mitigation plans. (7) Engineering and design considerations, including DMSMS resilience, that support cost-effective sustainment for the system. (8) A technical data and intellectual property (IP) management plan for product support. (9) Major maintenance and overhaul requirements for the system’s life cycle. (10) A plan to leverage enterprise opportunities across programs and DoD Components.”
  • Para 4.3.c. “A tailored LCSP may be used for all systems that are not covered by Section 2337 of Title 10, U.S.C. (non-covered systems), as approved by the LCSP signature authority.” This section goes on to identify the minimum requirements of a tailored LCSP.
  • Para 4.3.d. The PSM will implement the PSS via the LCSP through arrangements with various public and/or commercial PSIs and/or PSPs….The LCSP will be reviewed and updated as necessary…”

Additional LCSP requirements for the individual AAF pathways are outlined in subsequent sections of the document. The current DoD Life Cycle Sustainment Plan (LCSP) Outline is also available as a supporting resource. And 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: