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Life Cycle Management “Greatest Hits” Redux

Defined in both the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) Manual and the DAU Glossary of Defense Acquisition Acronyms and Terms as “the implementation, management, and…

Life Cycle Management “Greatest Hits” Redux

Bill Kobren
Defined in both the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) Manual and the DAU Glossary of Defense Acquisition Acronyms and Terms as “the implementation, management, and oversight, by the Program Manager (PM), of all activities associated with the acquisition, development, production, fielding, sustainment, and disposal of a DoD system”, life cycle management (alternatively referred to as lifecycle management, life-cycle management, total life cycle systems management, and life cycle systems management) has long been a foundational tenet of the defense acquisition system.

Codified in 10 U.S.C. 4324, the statutory requirement couldn’t be more clear. Entitled “Life-cycle management and product support”, the statute requires thatthe Secretary of Defense shall issue and maintain comprehensive guidance on life-cycle management and the development and implementation of product support strategies for covered systems”

DoD Directive 5000.01 The Defense Acquisition System uses the term in Para 1.2.m. entitled “Implement Effective Life-Cycle Management”, which goes on to explicitly state that “the program manager is accountable for achieving program life-cycle management objectives throughout the program life cycle. Planning for operations and support will begin at program inception, and supportability requirements will be balanced with other requirements that impact program cost, schedule, and performance. Performance based life-cycle product support implements life-cycle system management.”

DoD Instruction 5000.91 Product Support Management for the Adaptive Acquisition Framework stipulates in paragraph 1.2 that “the DoD will conduct comprehensive product support and sustainment planning for defense systems across the program’s life cycle. The instruction also assigns the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A&S)) as the Defense Acquisition Executive (DAE) the responsibility to “oversee the issuance, maintenance, framework, and comprehensive guidance on life cycle management and product support strategies (PSSs).” DoD Instruction 5000.91 goes on to reiterate in paragraph 4.1.d. that “the program manager is the single point of accountability for DoD systems support and total life cycle systems management for all programs; however, the product support manager is responsible to the program manager for life cycle product support.”

For those who would like to know more, encourage you to check out an earlier December 2020 DAU LOG Blog post entitled “Life Cycle Management LOG Blog “Top Ten Greatest Hits. While I can't guarantee everything contained therein is still current, in case you might be interested, a few of the related DAU LOG Blog posts include: