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  • dau0811200248
29/30/2022 1:55 PM

Good afternoon,

I am looking for anyone who can tell me, is it possible to forecast DMSMS/Obsolescence without hiring or contracting out an entity that has a sotware program to do so? I am trying to see if we at the PM can start forecasting, without having to bring on an outside agency to pull reports for us!

I also am interested in joining the DoD WG Team Page, but I cannot find the area to register here. 

dau032600007810/5/2022 4:05 PMNoAsk the Community
9/28/2021 12:51 PM
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18/24/2022 11:35 AM
 Good day all, 

After looking through the SD-26 the SAE-STD-0016 DMSMS Management plan is called out a few times. When trying to find the SAE-STD-0016, all we can come up with is a pay site to view and download it. ( included) Is this available for download within DAU for viewing. The link within the tools/documents area takes you to the site and ask for purchase. 

Very Respectully,

Grant Korte
DAVID GREINKE8/29/2022 4:18 PMNoAsk the Community
9/14/2021 10:05 AM
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28/8/2022 7:38 AM

Good day,

We are currently putting a DMSMS team together and I am seeking advice in regard to what qualifications our team should have. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know.

The team is currently working on the following:
PM Lvl 1
PM Lvl 2
LCL Lvl 1
LCL Lvl 2
CLCL 014

Very Respectfully,

Grant Korte

DAVID GREINKE8/8/2022 2:14 PMNoAsk the Community
9/14/2021 10:05 AM
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22/10/2022 10:26 AM

I am looking for a simple, 1 page, survey to send out to OEMs to capture their lifecycle intent on parts.​  Questions like: is the part at the end of it's lifecycle, how much longer does the OEM plan on manufacturing the part, etc.

Does anyone have one they would be willing to share?


dau212520002763/25/2022 7:56 AMNoAsk the Community
211/15/2021 10:29 AM1
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19/14/2021 10:14 AM

​Good day all, 

I am currently building a DMS/MS program. We are developing Lexicon to use throughout the Coast Guard to hopefully build a standard framework. What I am requesting the community possibly help me with is vetting what I have developed. During my DAU training, I have found these terms but as I developed these terms, I have not been able to find the reference.

The terms are below:

 OEM End of Production -  A part of a larger system that is no longer manufactured by the original manufacturer. ​

End of life (EOL) or End of sale (EOS) / End of Production​
Original manufacturers typically begin issuing updates regarding EOL in year 5. The original manufacturer will no longer be producing or selling this product, but third-party maintenance is available for most products.

OEM End Of Support Date –  ​OEM has identified as the date they will no longer support the Product​ 
When the OEM will no longer provide repair services, repair parts, firmware or software updates, cybersecurity patches, etc.​
End of service life or End of support EOSL / End OEM of Support Date​: At this point, the original manufacturer will start to issue EOSL updates. It may also stop issuing support. Now, the product is no longer sold by the manufacturer at all, there will be no more OS updates, and they do not renew support agreements.

Govt Defined Obsolete Part/System – ​
Most often occurs sometime after the OEM EOS Date, when the Government is unable to (afford to) ​
ensure the Product meets Operational Availability (AO), Reliability, or Maintainability requirements;​
A determination that the Product can no longer meet Operational, Functional and Non-functional Requirements: Interoperability, Compatibility (Interface), Security, Performance (bandwidth), etc.; ​
When the Government can no longer to afford to support the Product to meet AO or other Operational Requirements (e.g., RFDS PCBs increased 10x (from $4K to $46K), rendering it unaffordable to sustain).​​

When the LTB (Life Time Buy) the process for purchasing discontinued Components or Products (i.e., those no longer available from Flextronics, a Component Supplier or any other distribution channel) to span Product Life or Support Life requirements, as applicable, for that Component or Product

Thank you all.

Very Respectfully,


Alexandria Levin9/16/2021 4:15 PMNoAsk the Community
19/14/2021 10:05 AM1
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36/9/2021 1:57 PM

If I place an OEM on contract and their subcontractor goes out of business or has an obsolete part, shouldn't the OEM be responsible for funding the fix or does it rely on the Government?​

DAVID GREINKE6/14/2021 3:18 PMNoAsk the Community
6/9/2021 1:53 PM
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  • Alexandria Levin
06/11/2021 10:40 AM

​Please join us for a COTS Selection Checklist Webinar on June 22, 2021 at 1500 EST. This webinar will include an explanation and demonstration of the proposed COTS checklist and provide attendees the opportunity to learn and ask questions about this valuable resource supporting parts evaluation and management.

Even though Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) assemblies are becoming more common in defense systems, there are no standard procedures used by the parts management community (both Industry and Government) to select COTS assemblies.  To address this problem, the DoD Parts Management Working Group formed a Strategic Objective team to examine the problems associated with choosing and using electronic COTS assemblies and to evaluate implementing common procedures for selecting electronic COTS assemblies throughout the entire program lifecycle.  Over a two-year period, this Team has successfully researched and developed a checklist for selecting electronic COTS assemblies for use in safety critical or mission critical Aerospace, Defense, High Performance, and Space applications.  This checklist has undergone peer review and is scheduled to be rolled out in late 2021. 


Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

6/11/2021 10:40 AMNoGeneral
12/29/2020 3:24 PM
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  • dau16174000861
05/12/2021 9:37 AM

Team--Need some guidance. We are in the LRIP phase, and have been notified of DMS issues requiring end-of-life buys. The problem is, we need to buy enough to also support the quantities that will be installed in full rate production (through 2031), but do not yet have a FRP decision (~2024). Has anyone had to request authority to buy that far ahead of need? This buy would avoid very costly redesigns, so it seems like the obvious choice, but I can't find anything on HOW to get this ball rolling to get approval. Thanks in advance!

Edit: this is my first time using this forum and i keep getting errors when setting up my profile... so I can be reached at if anyone has recommendations! Thanks!

5/12/2021 9:37 AMNoAsk the Community
15/12/2021 9:32 AM1
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  • Alexandria Levin
04/20/2021 10:56 AM

​Ms. Robin Brown will be presenting at this year's IIOM International Online Conference & Exhibition on the topic of Strategic Parts and Material Management - a Proactive Lifecycle Approach to Handle Obsolescence. The theme of this year's IIOM Conference is "Obsolescence Management- The Key to Sustainability," with nine presentations covering technical, commercial, and strategic subjects from the perspective of different sectors, and with presenters coming from academia, industry and obsolescence solution providers. You can find out more and register here.

You can watch the presentation here.

4/20/2021 10:56 AMNoGeneral
12/29/2020 3:24 PM
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  • Alexandria Levin
04/11/2021 8:58 PM

You are invited to attend the 2021 Parts and Materials Management Conference scheduled for December 13 – 16, 2021 in Denver Colorado at the Gaylord Rockies. The 2021 Parts and Materials Management Conference provides you with new information to successfully meet these new requirements, shows what is happening in the DMSMS community, and addresses your questions. You will have opportunities to interact and exchange ideas with specialists from government, industry, and academia, express your views and ideas on improving DMSMS and parts management, and meet with technical experts. You will experience state of the art technologies that can be applied to parts and material management at the training sessions and the exhibit hall. 

You may also attend the concurrent Defense Manufacturing Conference (by qualifying as active US Military, Government or current DD2354 on file), giving you access to more technical information for the same travel cost. The expanded Exhibit Hall will include all the leading organizations from DMC, Parts Management, and DMSMS communities. Agenda, registration, and lodging information will be posted on this website. We are looking forward to seeing you in Denver!

Find out more here:

4/11/2021 8:58 PMNoAsk the Community
12/29/2020 3:24 PM
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  • Alexandria Levin
03/15/2021 1:25 PM

The Sustainment Symposium 2020 hosted by GDCA in December was a special virtual symposium focused on the journey from obsolescence management to legacy sustainment. This symposium aimed to pulled together leading minds across the DoD supply chain highlighting their relevant sustainment experiences and exploring what could happen when we begin to focus on sustainment as the objective.


Check out the GCDA Sustainment Symposium resource page for the presentations from the recent symposium and the GCDA YouTube channel for more sustainment videos.

3/15/2021 1:25 PMNoShare an Idea
12/29/2020 3:24 PM
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  • Alexandria Levin
01/25/2021 11:51 AM

The Office of the Secretary of Defense Manufacturing Technology (OSD ManTech) Program Office in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) released its first-ever comprehensive Additive Manufacturing (AM) Strategy in January 2021. The AM Strategy establishes a common vision for the use of this game-changing technology, which is also known as three-dimensional (3D) printing. OSD ManTech, which is under the Strategic Technology Protection and Exploitation (STP&E) Office in OUSD(R&E), crafted the Strategy in partnership with the Military Services and other defense agencies.

See full article here

1/25/2021 11:51 AMNoShare an Idea
12/29/2020 3:24 PM
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  • Alexandria Levin
01/8/2021 12:34 PM

In a recent DAU News post, Tami Lewiski writes on the recent signing of DoD Instruction 4245.15 Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages Managementthe first issuance of a DoD Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) instruction since 1976. 

The long-awaited instruction released by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment effectively gave credence to decades of self-governance within the multi-functional discipline of DMSMS and the importance of continued effective and consistent management is clear.

To read the full article, click here.

1/8/2021 12:34 PMNoGeneral
12/29/2020 3:24 PM
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06/30/2020 9:43 AM

Defense Acquisition University's Hot Topic Forum

Strategic Parts & Material Management: A Proactive Lifecycle Approach to Handle Obsolescence

In a world driven by automation and technology advancement, obsolescence is inevitable. It is not a matter of if it will impact system supportability but when. The problem is not obsolescence; it is how we manage the challenges it represents.

Robin Brown, Parts and DMSMS Management Program Manager for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), and LMI's David Greinke will discuss how to use a proactive parts and obsolescence management approach throughout a system's lifecycle to reduce costs and risks to the warfighter mission.

July 15, 2020 | 10:00-11:30 a.m. (ET)

Location: Virtual Event | Hosted by: Defense Acquisition University Alumni Association 

6/30/2020 9:43 AMNoShare an Idea
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02/25/2020 5:08 PM

DAU will be hosting a webinar on Best Practices for Contracting for DMSMS Management on February 26, 2020. 

DAU Webcasts take place on select Wednesdays at 12:30-2:00 pm ET on WEBEX. All sessions are recorded for future viewing. There is no sign up required and the sessions are open to the public. The DAU Webcast site can be found at the link: DAU Webcasts. (

2/25/2020 5:08 PMNoGeneral
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