Strategic DMSMS Management throughout the Lifecycle Panel

R. Brown
Defense Standardization Program Office,
United States

Keywords: diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortages (DMSMS), Parts management, obsolescence


Moderator: Robin Brown, Parts Management and DMSMS Program Manager, Defense Standardization Program Office (2 hours) Importance of Parts Management (Parts Selection) - Dave Greinke, LMI (30 minutes) In today’s acquisition environment, characterized by complex and rapidly changing designs, increased risk for DoD weapon systems and equipment acquisition contracts due to an increase in the use of commercial part types, offshore manufacture of parts, DMSMS, counterfeit parts, and the use of lead-free electronic parts, the need for contractors to have an effective parts management program and plan is greater than ever before. An effective parts management program is an integral part of the acquisition process for design, development, modification and support of weapons systems and equipment. Parts are the building blocks from which systems are created and, as such, greatly impact hardware dependability and readiness. Parts Management focuses on selecting the best parts at the design phase of an acquisition program under an overarching Systems Engineering umbrella. These parts will provide the ultimate user, the Warfighter, returns that can be measured through the desired performance-based criteria of operational availability, operational reliability, safety, cost per unit usage, logistics footprint and logistics response time as well as payback in terms of total ownership costs. Strategic DMSMS Management – Jay Mandelbaum, IDA (30 minutes) A new robust, strategic DMSMS management approach is being developed to augment current risk-based, proactive best practices. While risk-based, proactive DMSMS management seeks to identify issues early to maximize the window of opportunity for resolving them and thereby enabling the implementation of lower cost alternatives, a strategic approach extends these concepts by: • Developing a DMSMS resistant design that further increases the likelihood of identifying low-cost options to resolve DMSMS issues that do occur and delays the occurrence of DMSMS issues if they cannot be prevented • Applying an integrated approach to future system modification planning that prevents DMSMS issues from occurring where possible Robustness amplifies these benefits even further by incorporating enabling best practices that enhance the contribution of other stakeholders to minimizing the ill-effects of DMSMS. Proactive and Reactive DMSMS Management – Tracy Daubenspeck, NAVSEA Keyport (30 minutes) We do not live in a perfect world so no matter how strategic you try to be you will still at times encounter obsolescence issues. SD-22 Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages: A Guidebook of Best Practices for Implementing a Robust DMSMS Management Program is the definitive Department of Defense guide for managing the impacts of obsolescence and other causes of material shortages. An overview of DMSMS management as discussed in the guidebook will be presented to help the audience be better equipped to establish and operate a robust DMSMS program and resolve DMSMS issues. Q&A – All (30 Minutes)