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43/24/2020 2:57 PM

​What is the difference between the PESHE and the EHA?  Do contractors write both?  Does the government get to review these?

WILLIAM KOBREN4/21/2020 5:41 PMNoAsk the Community
22/13/2020 10:57 AM
Picture Placeholder: LEESA LAFFERRE-THOMAS
234/25/2018 12:13 PM

​Please take a few minutes to introduce yourself to the community: what are your interests, your expertise that you'd be willing to share with the community, your questions that need answered?

JEROME JOHNSTON2/19/2020 9:52 AMYesAsk the Community
35/21/2018 7:55 AM

​What governing documentation defines Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) Management as obsolete?

Background: I'm presently reviewing SECNAV INST 5400.15D, DON Research, Development, Acquisition, and Associated Life-Cycle and Logistics Management policy and I would like to know if the terminology of logistics management / ILS management should be replaced with Integrated Product Support and Product Support Management respectively.

WILLIAM KOBREN2/13/2020 9:51 AM46NoAsk the Community
510/12/2004 6:10 PM1
01/15/2020 8:31 AM

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued an important new report at entitled "GAO-20-151 Defense Acquisitions: Senior Leaders Should Emphasize Key Practices to Improve Weapon System Reliability".  This is a must-read for all DoD product support managers and life cycle logistics professionals. According to the GAO, "the commercial companies GAO reviewed proactively address reliability. They strive to identify reliability issues at the component level early in the development process to avoid expensive rework after producing an entire system. GAO found these companies focus on the following key practices: 

  1. Leveraging reliability engineers early and often
  2. Establishing realistic reliability requirements
  3. Emphasizing reliability with their suppliers
  4. Employing reliability engineering activities to improve a system's design throughout development

GAO found that the seven Department of Defense (DOD) acquisition programs it reviewed did not consistently adhere to these key practices. These programs often prioritized schedule and cost over incorporating the key reliability practices, and these systems generally were not as reliable as promised.  The GAO went on to state "…DOD has taken steps to accelerate weapon system development, and decision-making authority has been delegated to the military services. In an environment emphasizing speed, without senior leadership focus on a broader range of key reliability practices, DOD runs the risk of delivering less reliable systems than promised to the warfighter and spending more than anticipated on rework and maintenance of major weapon systems." 

The GAO also recommended that: "…the Secretaries of the Air Force, Army, and Navy highlight the importance of three key reliability practices: leveraging reliability engineers, establishing realistic reliability requirements, and employing reliability engineering activities to improve a system's design throughout development. 

1/15/2020 8:31 AMNoAsk the Community
210/27/2004 7:49 PM2
01/15/2020 8:27 AM

Wanted to let the DoD life cycle logistics and product support manager community know that the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Product Support last month updated the DoD Product Support Manager (PSM) Guidebook. While the majority of the updates were administrative in nature, focused on fixing broken hyperlinks and updating terminology, the most significant content change was the replacement of the former “Computer Resources” Integrated Product Support (IPS) Element as the redesigned “Information Technology Systems Continuous Support” IPS Element in Appendix A (in both Table 11 and Paragraph A.12) and elsewhere in the document.

Your DAU colleagues have in-turn posted a NextGen-enabled updated December 2019 version of the DoD Product Support Manager (PSM) Guidebook on both our DAU Tools site and also from our Integrated Product Support Guidebook Suite.

Encourage you to take a look at this new “Information Technology Systems Continuous Support” IPS Element, as it differs from the former “Computer Resources” element in a number of different ways in areas such as software, program protection planning, cybersecurity, and Information Technology Service Management (ITSM), among others.

1/15/2020 8:27 AMNoAsk the Community
210/27/2004 7:49 PM2
Picture Placeholder: LEESA LAFFERRE-THOMAS
310/1/2018 2:06 PM

Be sure to check out the FY19 DAWIA certification requirements for Life Cycle Logistics:

One substantive change from FY18 was the addition of CLE 068 to Level II certification training requirements.

Please check it out and post any questions or comments here.

WILLIAM KOBREN11/30/2018 4:41 PMNoShare an Idea
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010/12/2018 2:38 PM

​Does anyone know of any tips/tools in this new system similar to the ones in the old system?

Example: By clicking Print, then Control F,  we could search key words when taking the quizzes and tests.

10/12/2018 2:38 PMNoAsk the Community
10/12/2018 1:52 PM
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  • Colonel J. T. Larson
010/12/2018 12:24 AM

​When integrating off the shelf electronics into non-weapons systems design what has been the most effective contractual method to assure long tern sustainability and modernization?  What level of PARM and prime contractor coordination should be specified and when does acquisition cost become operational costs?

10/12/2018 12:24 AMNoAsk the Community
10/12/2018 12:09 AM
09/17/2018 5:18 PM
9/17/2018 5:18 PMNoShare an Idea
10/27/2004 7:49 PM
09/17/2018 5:14 PM

​For details and registration link for Wednesday September 26 CBM+ Lunch & Learn, check out LOG Blog post at 

9/17/2018 5:14 PMNoShare an Idea
10/27/2004 7:49 PM
18/22/2018 2:10 PM

​What responsibilities does the Logistics community have with regard to GFP provided to contractors? 

CAROLYN MIDDLETON9/4/2018 4:45 PMNoAsk the Community
38/22/2018 2:07 PM2
Picture Placeholder: JOHN SULLIVAN
07/11/2018 11:34 AM

Supply Chain Risk is not the same as Supply Chain Cybersecurity.  When looking at studies of military and commercial Supply Chain risk, Cybersecurity is not the leading concern.  There is much more to Supply Chain Risk than Cybersecurity (see article here).  A Supply Chain, especially with our aging systems, has a higher risk in dealing with Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS).  Data integrity, in the form of incorrect data populating our information systems, is a concern.  The data integrity risk is not from a hacker changing component data, but from authorized personnel incorrectly entering data.  We make mistakes.


Our Supply Chain also faces risk from weather events, counterfeit parts and labor issues.  These typically convert from a risk to an issue with little warning. Combine this with our leaning of Supply Chains, and now you can face a significant challenge.  Therefore mitigation planning must be in place to control, avoid, assume or transfer the risk.  This mitigation planning must be focused on what is most likely and has the greatest consequence. 


Analyze your Supply Chain.  Understand the greatest risks.  Build your mitigation plans for those risks.  Don't blindly assume Cybersecurity is the same as Supply Chain risk.

7/11/2018 11:34 AMNoShare an Idea
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Picture Placeholder: KARREN CARRUTHERS
05/29/2018 6:45 AM

​I am researching how both Battle Spares and Forward Based Spares are managed and what determines if it is a spare.  Trying to find out information on both Battle Spares and Forward Based Spares; it seems the terminology has changed over the years as well as where information can be found ie. instructions (P-485) and policies. Could you assist me to help identify who manages, what is a requirement to be a spare and what instructions or policies provide information?

We highly encourage comments, examples, disagreement, positive feedback and continued discussion.

5/29/2018 6:45 AMNoAsk the Community
15/18/2018 11:54 AM

What is the best way to track maintenance related data (i.e. MTBF, MTBCF, MTTR, etc.) for a COTS product? Is there a class for this?

Background: I work on a space environmental monitoring system that is 100% COTS. The system is fielded and maintained by a contractor and they do not currently track failure rates of the system. There are other users of this COTS product but it is a very specialized piece of equipment and there is no maintenance data available on the internet or from the manufacturer for things like MTBF, MTBCF, MTTR, etc... I would like to start tracking this data but I'm not sure how to go about it.

KARREN CARRUTHERS5/21/2018 1:42 PMNoAsk the Community
10/12/2004 6:10 PM
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04/25/2018 12:15 PM

​Please suggest topics for discussion, knowledge that should be added, ideas for Lunch & Learns, etc. We want to hear from you!

4/25/2018 12:15 PMYesAsk the Community
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  • clindsey09
31/3/2018 4:24 PM

​I'm new to the acquisition community and preparing for my first ILA.  There's an item in the ILA Handbook, "Preferred Parts Selection List/Approved Parts Lists".  Is it part of the SEP, PPP, DMSMS?  I was given an instruction, DoDI 8100.04, but that document wasn't very helpful.  Where might I be able to find information on this requirement?

clindsey093/23/2018 12:03 PMNoAsk the Community
21/3/2018 4:08 PM
Picture Placeholder: JOANNE SHULL
41/30/2018 2:27 PM

I have been tasked with compiling a Product Support Business Case Analysis for 2 newly awarded projects (CONUS and USAFE FSS) and I am at a loss of what information I need to complete the PSBCA profile as seen in the "DoD PSBCA Guidebook (Rel. 2011)"​ 

Goal is to determine whether this should be a single contract award to one RFP rather than 2.

I've never done this before, despite my project management background

So I'm starting with this outline:

The DoD Product Support BCA outline represents the standardized DoD Product Support BCA report. The outline of the DoD Product Support BCA is as follows:

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Introduction
  3. Desired Outcomes and Requirements
  4. Assumptions and Methods
  5. Alternatives
  6. Mission and Business Impacts
  7. Risk Analysis and Mitigation Plans
  8. Sensitivity Analysis
  9. Conclusion
  10. Recommendations

I'm trying to match up information but haven't many clues what to do.  Any direction would be most appreciated; also please translate any standard program abbreviations!

Thank you all in advance

WILLIAM KOBREN3/6/2018 3:12 PMNoAsk the Community
1/30/2018 2:18 PM
Picture Placeholder: KETTLY JOSEPH
02/5/2018 1:38 PM

​Hello all. I have been tasked to calculate the MTBF of a system in an AEROSTATIC environment. Can MIL-HDBK-217 be used for this calculation? I am not finding AEROSTATIC environment as a choice for MIL-HBKD-217. What is the closest environment that could be used  in liew of AEROSTASTIC using the Handbook? IF MIL-HDBK-217 cannot be used, what other software or procedure can be used to caculate MTBF in this type of environment? Thank you.

2/5/2018 1:38 PMNoAsk the Community
1/3/2018 3:09 PM
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41/3/2018 3:12 PM

Can MTBCF (Mean Time Betwen Critical Failure)  be greater than MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) assuming same system, temperature and environment?

ROBERT SCHULTZ1/24/2018 10:54 AMNoAsk the Community
11/3/2018 3:09 PM
Picture Placeholder: BILLY BIGGS
211/7/2017 7:18 AM

​As the National Lead for Supportability T&E at the Naval Air Systems Command, I had the pleasure of being a guest at a DAU "Lunch and Learn" in June 2017. As a result of that event, personnel from the Naval Sea Systems Command contacted me requesting participation in an upcoming class I will be hosting in Mar 2018. But I didn't hear of any interest from the Air Force or Army.

Can you point me in the right direction to who conducts the equivalency of Supportability Testing/Analysis for Air Force or Army product lines? It seems to me all of the services could benefit if we were to use our collective skills and resources in teaching/conducting a much needed service.

ALEXANDER BEACHY12/20/2017 4:47 PMNoAsk the Community
111/7/2017 7:01 AM
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