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Life Cycle Logistics Career Field Position Category Description (PCD) Updated

The Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics & Materiel Readiness (L&MR), acting in his capacity as Life Cycle Logistics career field Functional Leader, recently…

Life Cycle Logistics Career Field Position Category Description (PCD) Updated

Bill Kobren

The Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics & Materiel Readiness (L&MR), acting in his capacity as Life Cycle Logistics career field Functional Leader, recently approved an update to the Life Cycle Logistics Position Category Description (PCD). The update reflects the most current 10 U.S.C. §2337 statutory requirements and responsibilities for those Life Cycle Logisticians who serve as Product Support Managers (PSM). In addition to several administrative updates, the primary addition to the PCS is to add a list of “the principal duties of the PSM (which) are to:

· Develop and implement a comprehensive product support strategy for the weapon system;

· Use appropriate predictive analysis and modeling tools that can improve material availability and reliability, increase operational availability rates, and reduce operation and sustainment cost;

· Conduct appropriate cost analyses to validate the product support strategy, including cost-benefit analyses as outlined in Office of Management and Budget Circular A-94;

· Ensure achievement of desired product support outcomes through development and implementation of appropriate product support arrangements;

· Adjust performance requirements and resource allocations across product support integrators and product support providers as necessary to optimize implementation of the product support strategy;

· Periodically review product support arrangements between the product support integrators and product support providers to ensure the arrangements are consistent with the overall product support strategy;

· Revalidate any business-case analysis performed in support of the product support strategy prior to each change in the product support strategy or every five years, whichever occurs first;

· Ensure that the product support strategy maximizes small business participation at the appropriate tiers;

· Ensure that product support arrangements for the weapon system describe how such arrangements will ensure efficient procurement, management, and allocation of Government-owned parts inventories in order to prevent unnecessary procurements of such parts; and

· Identify obsolete parts that are included in the specifications of the system being acquired and determine suitable replacements for such parts.”

As a reminder, according to the DAU iCatalog, “once a Department of Defense position (civilian or military) has been evaluated and it has been determined to be an acquisition position it must be assigned to one of the current acquisition career fields/paths. This is done by associating those acquisition related duties/functions to the Position Category Description (PCD) that best describes the preponderance of those acquisition related duties/functions.”