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Life Cycle Sustainment Plan (LCSP) Outline

Last Updated : 01/25/2023

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10 USC 4324 DoD Instruction 5000.02 DoD Instruction 5000.91 Integrated Product Support Guidebook Suite


The Life-Cycle Sustainment Plan (LCSP) Outline provides a framework to think systematically and critically through the set of planning factors that must be integrated and communicated across the enterprise to achieve required sustainment outcomes.  In addition to the Outline, programs should also consult DoD Instruction 5000.91 and their respective Service or agency guidance.  The LCSP Outline is not intended to be a one-size-fits all template to simply copy and paste information into.  As directed by DoDI 5000.91 and DoDI 5000.02 (para 4.1b(1)), programs should tailor the LCSP to meet their needs.  10 USC 4324 and DoDI 5000.91 define LCSP requirements for covered and non-covered systems. DoD issued this LCSP Outline Version 3.0 in October 2022, replacing the January 2017 Version 2.0 in January 2017 that had superseded the original September 2011 version.  In addition to an overview video from the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment and a “Life Cycle Sustainment Plan: Updated Outline and Development of Data-Driven Product Support Strategies” webinar, DAU resources to assist Product Support Managers and life cycle logisticians in developing and updating LCSPs include LOG 0050 Developing a Life Cycle Sustainment Plan (LCSP) online training course, LCSP v3.0 rapid deployment training (RDT) and an LCSP ACQuipedia Article

Video Note:  The video above contains information that has been updated since the video was originally developed. Changes include: (1) on the life cycle chart, the phase "Technology Development" is now "Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction" (TMRR); (2) product support and sustainment policy previously contained in DoDI 5000.02, Enclosure 6, is now located in DoDI 5000.91; and (3) the Defense Acquisition Guidebook (DAG) has been rescinded and the material formerly contained in Chapter 4 was subsequently incorporated into the 2022 update to the DoD Product Support Manager (PSM) Guidebook. 

This document is part of the Integrated Product Support Guidebook Suite and serves as an important resource for defense acquisition workforce members to use in crafting and successfully executing life cycle product support and sustainment strategies.


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