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New DoD Life Cycle Sustainment Plan v3.0 Outline

New DoD Life Cycle Sustainment Plan v3.0 Outline

Bill Kobren

The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment yesterday issued DoD Life Cycle Sustainment Plan (LCSP) Outline Version 3.0. The new outline represents the most significant update to this important life cycle management, product support, and sustainment document in more than five years.

As regular readers of this DAU LOG Blog expect, we will examine specific aspects of the new document in upcoming blog posts, but in the meantime, permit me to share a few key resources and references to help familiarize you with this important new document, including a short introductory overview video from Honorable Christopher Lowman, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment as well as a Thursday October 20, 2022 “Life Cycle Sustainment Plan: Updated Outline and Development of Data-Driven Product Support Strategies” webinar. Additionally, take a moment to examine expectations and requirements outlined in statute, DoD policy, and DoD guidance, including but not limited to:

  • 10 U.S.C §4324. Life-cycle Management and Product Support statute, which states in paragraph “(b) Life Cycle Sustainment Plan.- Before granting Milestone B approval (or the equivalent), the milestone decision authority shall ensure that each covered system has an approved life cycle sustainment plan. The life cycle sustainment plan shall include-
    • a comprehensive product support strategy;
    • performance goals, including key performance parameters for sustainment, key system attributes of the covered system, and other appropriate metrics;
    • an approved life-cycle cost estimate for the covered system;
    • affordability constraints and key cost factors that could affect the operating and support costs of the covered system;
    • sustainment risks and proposed mitigation plans for such risks;
    • engineering and design considerations that support cost-effective sustainment of the covered system;
    • a technical data and intellectual property management plan for product support; and
    • major maintenance and overhaul requirements that will be required during the life cycle of the covered system”
  • DoD Instruction 5000.91 Product Support Management for the Adaptive Acquisition Framework policy, throughout, but in particular Para 4.3, which reminds us in part that “…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” and that “…the LCSP is the primary program management reference governing operations and support planning and execution from program inception to disposal. An LCSP is required for all covered systems and is the principal document establishing the system’s product support planning and sustainment….”
  • DoD Product Support Manager’s (PSM) Guidebook, throughout, but in particular Para 3.7 which states in part “...the LCSP remains an active management tool throughout the life of a program and is updated as needed to meet the Warfighter’s sustainment performance needs. Based upon the AAF pathway chosen, PSMs are responsible (per Title 10) for developing and maintaining an LCSP consistent with the Product support strategy, beginning at the start of the program. All covered systems require an LCSP…. the PM and PSM plan for the long-term supportability and sustainment through the development and application of a performance-based life cycle PSS. The plan for implementing the strategy seamlessly spans the entire life cycle and is documented in the LCSP.”

Finally, in addition to the introductory overview video from Honorable Christopher Lowman, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment and the Thursday October 20, 2022 “Life Cycle Sustainment Plan: Updated Outline and Development of Data-Driven Product Support Strategies” webinar mentioned above, in the coming days we will be updating, deploying, or hosting as appropriate: