The Truly Integrated Nature of the 12 IPS Elements
Focusing for a moment on the logistics considerations in general, and the twelve integrated product support (IPS) elements in particular, it’s clear that the challenges of such a complex effort as expeditious COVID-19 vaccine delivery and administration to a population numbering in the hundreds of millions is by no means just a major supply management challenge; the reality is every other IPS element comes into play. It’s not sufficient to simply manufacture or package the vaccines. It's not sufficient to obtain and lay in all the requisite components of the vaccines. It’s not sufficient to store the vaccines, or to simply deliver the vaccine. It started long before that, and includes design interface, product support management, manpower and personnel, packaging, handling, storage and transportation (PHS&T), facilities and infrastructure, training and training support, certainly IT systems continuous support, maintenance management, as well as supply management...in other words, the Integrated Product Support (IPS) Elements truly are – and do -- have to be all taken into account, planned for, and most importantly, fully integrated to successfully and affordably execute as massive an undertaking as expeditiously getting COVID-19 shots in arms – or as you all do every day, supporting a major weapon system on a global scale for decades at a time. It’s worth considering that foundational tenets of our business are indeed truly universal both within and outside of the Department of Defense.
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