A few years back, I wrote a blog post entitled “Foundational Tenets of Long-term Product Support and Sustainment.” Before proceeding, encourage you to go back and give it a quick read.
I’m often asked to sum up the objectives for life cycle logistics community in a short, concise “elevator speech.’ I believe the essence of life cycle logistics – or product support for that matter – can be articulated in just two words: “affordable readiness.” Reality, of course, is it’s a bit more complex than that, so in keeping with the requirement that an elevator speech by definition must be concise, let's open the aperture a bit and permit me to think out loud for a moment.
Agree or disagree: Within a life cycle systems management framework, with validated warfighter performance requirements, spanning the 12 Integrated Product Support (IPS) Elements, and working collaboratively with other functional communities (including, but not limited to systems engineering and program management to name two), just about everything we do in life cycle logistics ultimately falls into two primary areas:
1. Design, develop, field, and sustain supportable weapon systems that continuously reduce the demand for Logistics across the life cycle. How? Drive up:
Simple? Not at all. Challenging? Yep. Time consuming? You bet. Worthwhile? Without question. Important enough to do right? Absolutely...our warfighters are counting on it.
What do you think? Agree? Disagree? What's missing?
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