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Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages

Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages 

Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) is the loss, or impending loss, of manufacturers or suppliers of items, raw materials, or software. While DMSMS issues can be caused by many factors, their occurrence is inevitable. Programs should incorporate a technology management strategy into design activities as a best practice to reduce DMSMS cost and readiness impacts throughout the life cycle.  A DMSMS resilient design both delays the occurrence of DMSMS issues and increases the likelihood of low-cost resolutions being available. By using MIL-STD-3018 (Parts Management), the program can enhance the reliability of the system and mitigate DMSMS. 

For more information on DMSMS as a design consideration, see the Systems Engineering Guidebook, Section 5.8. Also, see the DMSMS Knowledge Sharing Portal for more information on DMSMS in Defense acquisition.