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Corrosion Prevention and Control Planning Guidebook for Military Systems and Equipment

Last Updated : 08/29/2022

The Department of Defense (DoD) recognizes the criticality of corrosion prevention and control (CPC) planning to acquisition program success:

Corrosion is not simply a sustainment concern; it needs to be addressed from system inception to disposal (i.e., cradle to grave). CPC at the early stages in a system development reduces the Total Ownership Cost and improves availability and safety. 

According to Title 10 U.S.C. § 2228, "corrosion is the deterioration of a material or its properties due to a reaction of that material with its chemical environment." Corrosion is far more widespread and detrimental than merely rust of steel or iron. The acquisition program needs to consider additional materials, including other metals, polymers, composites, and ceramics affected by the operational environment. 

This guidebook assists the acquisition and sustainment workforce, and system procuring activities in developing and executing an effective CPC plan. It focuses on these keys to CPC success: 

  • Integrate CPC planning and execution early and throughout the acquisition process.
  • Resource the necessary funding and expertise.
  • Manage CPC risks.
  • Incorporate CPC language in procurement and contract documents.
  • Monitor CPC planning and execution throughout the acquisition process so that the system design keeps corrosion prevention in mind.

CPC planning should be included in engineering and sustainment documentation such as the systems engineering plan (SEP) and life cycle sustainment plan (LCSP). As the program evolves across its life cycle, CPC planning should be refined and matured. Coupled with this updated August 2022 version of this CPC Guidebook are additional information and resources available in the DoD Corrosion Prevention & Control Community on the DAU website. 

The primary responsibility for this CPC Guidebook resides with the Office of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Materiel Readiness (Corrosion Policy and Oversight, (CPO)) within Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment. The CPO will develop and coordinate updates to this Guidebook as required, based on policy changes and customer feedback. To provide feedback to this document, please contact:

Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Materiel Readiness 
Corrosion Policy and Oversight 
3000 Defense Pentagon 
Washington, DC 20301 


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