contractor logistics support
Contracted weapon system sustainment that occurs over the life of the weapon system. Can also be defined as the performance of maintenance and/or materiel management functions for a DoD weapon system by a commercial activity or contractor sustainment of a weapon system that is intended to cover the total life cycle of the weapon system. CLS generally includes multiple Integrated Product Support (IPS) Elements, but does not include interim contractor support (ICS), a temporary measure for a system's initial period of operation before a permanent form of support is in place. CLS also excludes contractor sustainment support for a specific sustainment task that a Service would otherwise conduct itself, a typical example would be a weapon system's prime contractor providing sustaining engineering. Also called Long-Term Contractor Logistics Support.
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