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Integrated Product Support (IPS) Element Guidebook

Updated 4/8/2021

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Integrated Product Support (IPS) Element Guidebook
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The Integrated Product Support (IPS) Element Guidebook is a Defense Acquisition University training asset intended to augment product support guidance contained in Enclosure 6 of DoD Instruction 5000.02. This guidebook picks up where Appendix A of the DoD Product Support Manager (PSM) Guidebook leaves off in describing the 12 IPS Elements. The information in this guidebook is augmented by additional information on theDAU Logistics Community of Practice IPS Element site and a related ACQuipedia article containing links to separate articles on each of the indvidual IPS Elements.
This guidebook is intended to: 
  1. Serve as a "one-stop shop" for detailed information about each of the twelve Integrated Product Support Elements; 
  2. Provide standard definitions for each of the IPS elements and sub-elements; 
  3. Identify key activities and products for each IPS element; 
  4. Provide information on who, what, why, how, where and when these activities and products are accomplished during a system's life cycle; and
  5. Be used in conjunction with the Product Support Manager (PSM) Guidebook.
This IPS Element Guidebook is intended to be regularly updated. Users are encouraged to forward recommended changes and other feedback via e-mail to

What's New in the July 2019 Update:
  • Alignment to the DoD Product Support Manager's (PSM) Guidebook Appendix A outline. Those sections which are "numbered", i.e., 2.3 or 5.6, are matched to the respective line item in the PSM Guidebook, Appendix A. Those sections of content with no numbering are sub-topic areas relevant to the IPS Element chapter.
  • Discussion and examples of integration among the twelve IPS Elements in a new, separate Annex.
  • Identification of references for relevant product support metrics which are recommended by DoD policy and guidance are in a new separate Annex.
  • The Computer Resources element was under review by the DoD at the time this guidebook was issued in July 2019, and the Computer Resources chapter contains new sections which reflect new policy, guidance and technological advancements within the DoD at that time. IMPORTANT: Please note however that both the focus areas and title of the former "Computer Resources" IPS Element were subsequently updated by the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Product Support) in the redesigned "Information Technology Systems Continuous Support" IPS Element in Appendix A of the December 2019 update to the DoD Product Support Manager's (PSM) Guidebook.
  • DoD policy and guidance references have been updated as of the publication of this document. Additionally, a new separate references annex has been created to show major applicability of references to one or more of the twelve IPS Elements.

This document is part of an 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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