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Corrosion Prevention and Control Planning Guidebook for Military Systems and Equipment

Updated 1/14/2014

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Corrosion Prevention and Control Planning Guidebook for Military Systems and Equipment
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The Department of Defense (DoD) recognizes that Corrosion Prevention and Control (CPC) planning is critical to acquisition program success (see the Defense Acquisition Guidebook (DAG, Section and sustainment planning towards greater readiness and availability. The need for CPC planning is paramount: 

  • It Is In Law - CPC planning is mandated in 10 U.S.C. 2228 and must be part of the 10 U.S.C. 2366(b) certification;
  • It Is In Policy - CPC planning is required in DoD Directive (DODD) 5000.01, DoD Instruction (DODI) 5000.02, DODI 5000.67, and other policy; and
  • It Is Costly Not To - Approximately $21 billion annually goes into maintenance due to corrosion, which is almost 25% of every maintenance dollar. Availability and safety of systems/equipment is also impacted significantly by corrosion. 

The purpose of addressing CPC planning on programs is to help ensure CPC is achieved at every stage in the lifecycle and as early in the cycle as possible, along with communicating to all stakeholders the process for managing CPC throughout the entire lifecycle of a program. It is important to recognize CPC planning involves the participation of many people, not just the corrosion specialists. It also includes Program Management, Systems Engineering, Life Cycle Logistics, Test and Evaluation, Contracting, and Cost Estimating and Budget. Material sustainment is difficult, if not impossible, to be cost-effectively reengineered into a fielded systems. Therefore, early planning is paramount. 

The purpose of this Guidebook is to assist DoD and contractor Program Offices (POs), Program Managers (PMs), and Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) in effectively managing corrosion during the entire acquisition process, including sustainment. It is one part of the body of knowledge provided in several policies and other guidance. The goal of this Guidebook is to assist in reducing ownership costs and increasing system availability through improved CPC planning and execution of an effective CPC strategy. This Guidebook contains baseline information and explanation for establishing a well-structured CPC program. The management concepts and ideas presented in this Guidebook encourage use of time-tested practices and suggest a process to address a CPC program without prescribing specific methods or tools. 

The information presented within this Guidebook is developed from best practice lessons learned. PMs and other acquisition professionals are encouraged to apply the fundamentals presented in this Guidebook to all acquisition efforts, both large and small, and to all elements of a program (system, subsystem, hardware, components, support equipment, automatic test systems, training systems, information technology, spares, and repair parts). CPC is a fundamental management tool for effectively addressing and reducing corrosion. POs/PMs should tailor their approach to fit their acquisition program, statutory requirements, and lifecycle phase. This Guidebook applies to all DoD Components and should be used in conjunction with related directives, instructions, policy memoranda, or regulations issued to implement mandatory requirements.

Related online corrosion training is also available. Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Corrosion Prevention and Control Overview Continuous Learning Module (key word: "corrosion"/course number CLM 038) is found on the DAU website at Other training materials are available at  Other approved and adopted documents by the DoD include the Joint NACE/SSPC CPC Planning Standard.

The primary responsibility for this Guidebook resides with the Office of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Materiel Readiness (Corrosion Policy and Oversight, (CPO)) within Acquisition and Sustainment, 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, contact:

Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense

Materiel Readiness

Corrosion Policy and Oversight

3000 Defense Pentagon

Washington, DC 20301

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