A Logistics Assessment (LA) is an analysis of a program’s supportability planning. Preferably, it is conducted by an independent and impartial team of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) not directly associated with the program being assessed. A LA is not a compliance audit, but an effective and valid assessment of the program office’s product support strategy, as well as an assessment of how this strategy leads to successfully operating a system at an affordable cost. As part of the LA, statutory, regulatory, and Component required documentation is reviewed and assessed for completeness and compliance prior to the milestone decision.
The focus is on whether the program planning and methodology has a basis and can be successfully executed. Conducting the LA early in the program phase where the design can be influenced, and re-assessing the planning at each milestone and periodically thereafter as the design matures, is critical to fielding a sustainable system. It also provides senior decision makers critical information for making strategic trades within and across various programs, especially as today’s Acquisition Category (ACAT) programs are becoming increasingly complex and integrated with other systems.
Additional information on Logistics Assessments is also available in DAU LOG 0160 Independent Logistics Assessments (ILA) and LOG 3400V Life Cycle Product Support training courses, as well as an ACQuipedia article entitled "Independent Logistics Assessments (ILA)".
Product Support Analytical Tools Database Information
- Navy / Marine Corps
- Air Force/ Space Force
Integrated Product Support Elements Addressed
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.