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The Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of
Defense (Acquisition), currently Performing the Duties of the Undersecretary of
Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment [USD (A&S)] announced the winners
of the annual PSM of the year awards in a newly issued February 10, 2021 memo
entitled “2020 Secretary of Defense Product Support Manager (PSM) Award
Winner Selections”. Congrats to both of this year's winners!
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?
What is the difference between the PESHE and the EHA? Do contractors write both? Does the government get to review these?
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.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued an important new report at https://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-20-151 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:
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.
Be sure to check out the FY19 DAWIA certification requirements for Life Cycle Logistics: https://www.dau.mil/cop/log/Pages/Topics/LOG%20Certification%20Requirements.aspx
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.
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.
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?
For details and registration link for Wednesday September 26 CBM+ Lunch & Learn, check out LOG Blog post at https://www.dau.mil/training/career-development/logistics/blog/Condition-Based-Maintenance-Plus-(CBM+)-Training-Opportunity
What responsibilities does the Logistics community have with regard to GFP provided to contractors?
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.
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?
highly encourage comments, examples, disagreement, positive feedback and continued discussion.
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.
Please suggest topics for discussion, knowledge that should be added, ideas for Lunch & Learns, etc. We want to hear from you!
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?
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:
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
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.
Can MTBCF (Mean Time Betwen Critical Failure) be greater than MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) assuming same system, temperature and environment?
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