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Product Support Highlights from New DoDI 5000.88

Product Support Highlights from New DoDI 5000.88

Bill Kobren
Have been perusing the new DoD Instruction 5000.88 Engineering of Defense Systems. Encourage you to do the same. A few important sections I'd recommend life cycle logisticians and product support managers pay particular attention to:
  • PSM Role in Mission Engineering. The Military Services, PMs, lead systems engineers (LSEs), and product support managers will implement engineering processes focused on a series of best practices to include concept exploration, ME, technical baseline management, engineering technical reviews, peer and independent reviews, test and evaluation, risk and CM, and technical decisions, while ensuring the security and integrity of capabilities and services. (Para 3.1.a.(3))
  • Life Cycle Management “Engineering activities begin at the identification of a military need and continue throughout sustainment of the end item” (Para 3.3.a.)
  • Configuration Management. In its entirety, including “The LSE, under the direction of the PM, will implement a digital CM approach and automated tools to establish, control, and curate product attributes and technical baselines across the total system life-cycle.” (Para 3.4.c.)
  • Software Sustainment. “The development and sustainment of software can be a major portion of the total system cost and should be considered throughout the acquisition life-cycle.” (Para 3.6.a.)
  • Reliability and Maintainability information in its entirety (Para 3.6.b.), and in particular: “The analysis provides a quantitative basis for R&M performance attributes during the development of capability requirements, including product support and operating and support cost rationale and its specific correlation with the system’s R&M attributes, ensuring the requirements are valid (e.g., support warfighter needs) and technically feasible.” (Para 3.6.b.(2)(a))
  • Parts Management. “The PM will ensure that a parts management process is used for the selection of parts during design to consider the life cycle application stresses, standardization, technology (e.g., new and ageing), reliability, maintainability, supportability, life cycle cost, and diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortages. As applicable, parts management requirements should be specified in the RFP’s statement of work for the TMRR, EMD, and production acquisition phases.” (Para 3.6.f.)
  • Corrosion Prevention and Control. “The LSE will: (1) Working for the PM and in conjunction with the product support manager, evaluate corrosion considerations throughout the acquisition and sustainment phases that reduce, control, or mitigate corrosion in sustainment. (2) Perform corrosion prevention and control planning and include corrosion control management and design considerations for corrosion prevention and control in the SEP and lifecycle sustainment plan (Para 3.7.c.(1) and (2))
  • Supportability and Supportability Analysis. “The PM, in conjunction with the product support manager, will include supportability analyses (e.g., failure modes, effects and criticality analysis; level of repair, source of repair; maintenance task, provisioning) as an integral part of the systems engineering process at acquisition pathway initiation and continuing throughout the program life-cycle. (1) The supportability analysis results should be reflected in the evolution of the digital authoritative source of truth. (2) The LSE, working for the PM, will ensure that engineering analyses conducted by the specialty engineering disciplines inform the supportability analyses and sustainment risk mitigation strategies.” (Para 3.7.e.)
  • Standardization. “The PM will plan for the identification and implementation of specifications and standards that support interoperable, reliable, technologically superior, and affordable capabilities pursuant to DoDI 4120.24.” (Para 3.7.f.)