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SD-22 Diminishing Manufacturing Sources & Material Shortages (DMSMS) Guidebook

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Last Updated : 04/29/2024


Because Department of Defense (DoD) system life cycles are longer than technology life cycles, Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) issues are inevitable. DoD cannot afford to be reactive in this area—reactivity may lead to a combination of schedule delays, readiness degradations, and higher cost.

This March 2024 edition of the multi-functional/multi-disciplinary SD-22 "Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages: A Guidebook of Best Practices for Implementing a Robust DMSMS Management Program" supports DoD Instruction 4245.15 DMSMS policy. It also provides best practices for implementing an effective Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) management program throughout the entire life cycle of a system. Enhancements include:

  • Policy updates
  • Incorporation of program capability levels in the DMSMS Management Plan
  • New record keeping data elements
  • Addresses chemical obsolescence
  • Incorporation of system security engineering into DMSMS resolutions

A DMSMS issue is the loss, or impending loss, of manufacturers or suppliers of items, raw materials, or software. DMSMS management is a multidisciplinary process to identify issues resulting from obsolescence, loss of manufacturing sources, or material shortages; to assess the potential for negative impacts on schedule and/or readiness; to analyze potential mitigation strategies; and then to implement the most cost-effective strategy. All systems are susceptible to DMSMS issues. The DoD loses a manufacturer or supplier when that manufacturer or supplier discontinues production and/or support of needed items, raw materials, or software or when the supply of raw material is no longer available. DMSMS issues affect materiel readiness and operational availability, which, in turn, affect both combat operations and safety. A robust risk-based DMSMS management program, using practices outlined in this guidebook, can minimize the negative impacts of DMSMS on program costs, schedule, and system performance—and ultimately warfighter readiness and lethality. This guidebook supports DMSMS practitioners, as well as program managers, systems engineers, life-cycle logisticians, and other product support professionals. It is updated regularly.

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Organizations Associated

  • Air Force/ Space Force
  • Army
  • Defense Agencies
  • Navy/ Marine Corps
  • OSD/ Joint Staff

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Integrated Product Support (IPS) Elements Addressed

This government tool is included in the product support analytical tools database to assist defense acquisition workforce members with identifying product support solutions which potentially optimize system readiness and life cycle cost. The analytical tools database itself should under no circumstances be considered all-encompassing; nor does it in any way warrant or endorse the capabilities, pricing, and/or products of any particular individual, company, capability, or organization. Suggested updates to the description of this particular tool or additions to the tools database are welcome.

This guidebook is part of the DAU 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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