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DoD Product Support Manager (PSM) Mandatory Training Requirement Memo.pdf
Reference9/23/2019 12:41 PM
USD(AS) Memo re Call for 2019 PSM Award Nominations.pdf
Reference6/7/2019 4:38 PM
Army PSM Guidebook to Technical Manual Contract Development and Monitoring.pdf
Lessons Learned3/14/2019 6:28 PM
Army LCL Recommended Training 2019.pdf
Lessons Learned2/15/2019 3:53 PM
Data Item Desription for an ILS Plan (ILSP).aspx
Reference2/4/2019 2:25 PM
GAO-18-435 Report, Defense Industrial Base.pdf
Reference2/4/2019 2:24 PM
USD(AS) Memo re Section 834 Implementation (USA003150-18) (31 Jan 19).pdf
Reference2/4/2019 2:23 PM
LCSP Checklist (Mar 2018).docx
Reference2/4/2019 2:22 PM
2019-2020 OSD Sustainment Fellowship Program Call for Nominations Signed Memo and Training Plan.pdf
Reference1/30/2019 1:33 PM
AASD(LMR) Memo re LCSP ECT Transition - 6 April 2017.pdf
Reference12/11/2018 3:08 PM
Picture Placeholder: LEESA LAFFERRE-THOMAS
174/25/2018 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?

25/21/2018 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.

JOHN BURNS3/9/2019 5:14 PMNo
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 PMNo
Picture Placeholder: CAROLYN JENKINS
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 PMNo
Picture Placeholder: Colonel J. T. Larson
  • 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 AMNo
09/17/2018 5:18 PM
9/17/2018 5:18 PMNo
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 PMNo
18/22/2018 2:10 PM

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

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 AMNo
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 AMNo
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.

Picture Placeholder: LEESA LAFFERRE-THOMAS
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 PMYes
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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 PMNo
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 PMNo
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 PMNo
Picture Placeholder: KETTLY JOSEPH
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 AMNo
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 PMNo
Picture Placeholder: JEFFERY HENSON
211/7/2017 7:52 AM

​I am the logistics program manager for a small depot contract field team.  My program is contracted through the Contract Field Team/Program Office (CFT/PO).  What is the negative impact of writing a T&M contract with a not to exceed level for sustainment support while allowing the addition of CLINs to support modification kit installations.  A FFP contract works well for a known sustainment requirement but does not well support UDLMs or modifications that require different funding streams.  To date CFT/PO is very reluctant to write T&M contracts.

Any suggestions are appreciated...

ALEXANDER BEACHY12/20/2017 4:39 PMNo
Picture Placeholder: RONALD PRICE
411/8/2017 12:17 PM

I am working on a very mature program well into its sustainment phase. We now have a requirement to develop an LCSP for this program.

Question: Wouldn't it be more value-added to waive the requirement for this type of program until a redesign/new design phase of the program lifecycle is initiated?​

ALEXANDER BEACHY12/20/2017 4:31 PMNo
Picture Placeholder: ANTHONY DEVEVO
111/8/2017 7:01 PM

​I recently recieved a message which referred to GEN Perna's article, "Get Off The 'Hamster Wheel' & Fix Readiness: AMC Commander" - published in the 1 Nov 17 edition of Acquisition Land magazine.

Is there a website for Acquisition Land Magazine?

WILLIAM KOBREN11/22/2017 2:16 PMNo
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