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Supply Support Product Support Analytical Tools (PSAT) Database Related ACQuipedia Articles Integrated Product Support (IPS) Implementation Roadmap Integrated Product Support (IPS) Element Guidebook Supply Support Integrated Product Support (IPS) Element Competency List Continuous Learning Modules Training Courses Key References Description Objective


Objective

The objective of the Supply Support IPS Element is to identify, plan for, resource, and implement management actions to acquire repair parts, spares, and all classes of supply to ensure the best equipment/capability is available to support the Warfighter or maintainer when it is needed at the lowest possible Total Ownership Cost (TOC). (Source: DoD Product Support Manager (PSM) Guidebook, Appendix A)

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Description

Supply support consists of the management actions, procedures and techniques necessary to acquire, catalog, receive, store, transfer, issue and dispose of spares, repair parts, and supplies. Supply support includes provisioning for initial support, as well as acquiring, distributing, and replenishing inventories as reflected in the supply chain management strategy. Proper supply support management results in having all the right spares, repair parts, and all classes of supplies available, in the right quantities, at the right place, at the right time, at the right price.

Key Supply Support IPS Element activities, according to Appendix A of the DoD Product Support Manager (PSM) Guidebook and the DoD Integrated Product Support (IPS) Element Guidebook, include:

  • Initial provisioning
  • Routine replenishment management, including buffer and safety stock management
  • Demand forecasting and Readiness Based Sparing (RBS)
  • Bills of Material management and maintenance
  • Support equipment initial provisioning
  • Support equipment routine replenishment provisioning
  • Reparable, repair part, and consumable procurement
  • Cataloging
    • Expendability, recoverability, Reparability Category (ERRC) Codes
    • National Stock Numbering (NSN)
    • Part numbering
    • Source, Maintenance & Recoverability (SMR) Codes)
  • Receiving
  • Storage
  • Inventory management
  • Transfer
  • Issuance
  • Redistribution
  • Disposal
  • Material pricing
  • Total Asset Visibility/AIT
    • Serialized Item Management (SIM)
    • Item Unique Identification (IUID)
    • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
  • Shelf Life Management
  • Buffer Management
  • Warranty Management
  • Supply Chain Assurance
    • Counterfeit material prevention
    • Malicious hardware and software prevention
    • Unauthorized technology transfer prevention
  • Supply Chain Management (SCM)
    • SCOR Model (Plan, Source, Make/Repair, Deliver, Return)
  • Classes of Supply
  • PICA/SICA
  • National Inventory Management Strategy (NIMS)
  • Strategic Sourcing/Commodity Councils
  • Joint Supply Chain Architecture (JSCA)
  • Mean Down Time (MDT) Sustainment Outcome Metric

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Key References

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Training Courses

DAU Training

Specific multi-disciplinary DAU training recommendations related to this  Integrated Product Support (IPS) Element are available at:

These Life Cycle Logistics Certification Standards and Core Plus Development Guides for each of the three DAWIA certification levels include: 

  • “Types of Assignments” and “Representative Activities”, which are colored blue
  • “Core Certification Standards (Required for DAWIA Certification)” (education, training, and experience requirements), which are colored red
  • “Core Plus Development Guides (Desired/recommended training, education, and experience)”, which are colored yellow

Non-DAU Training Courses

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Continuous Learning Modules

Specific multi-disciplinary DAU continuous learning module recommendations related to this Integrated Product Support (IPS) Element are available at: 

These Life Cycle Logistics Certification Standards and Core Plus Development Guides for each of the three DAWIA certification levels include: 

  • “Types of Assignments” and “Representative Activities”, which are colored blue
  • “Core Certification Standards (Required for DAWIA Certification)” (education, training, and experience requirements), which are colored red
  • “Core Plus Development Guides (Desired/recommended training, education, and experience)”, which are colored yellow, and in addition to technical/functional topics, also include a series of Harvard Business School (HBS) Leadership & Management Modules for US Government Employees

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Competencies

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