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Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) problems can be caused by many factors, but they will happen. Robust DMSMS management is crucial. Without it, the readiness of our weapons systems will be degraded, hampering the ability of our warfighters to accomplish their mission and putting their safety at risk. Further, failure to...
Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) problems can be caused by many factors, but they will happen. Robust DMSMS management is crucial. Without it, the readiness of our weapons systems will be degraded, hampering the ability of our warfighters to accomplish their mission and putting their safety at risk. Further, failure to continually address DMSMS issues throughout a system’s life cycle can sometimes cost taxpayers millions of dollars. The B-1 program’s DMSMS management team (DMT) overcame obsolescence and supportability issues, resulting in an estimated 10-year cost avoidance of $316 million. Similarly, the Apache program’s DMT avoided more than $200 million in expenditures, and the Virginia-class submarine’s DMT resolved over 1,090 obsolescence issues and reaped over $124 million of documented cost avoidance since inception. It is imperative for program managers to adopt and fund a robust DMSMS management strategy and plan, in concert with proactive technology management, early in the life cycle. This is a pro-gram’s most effective and efficient way to minimize materiel readiness risks due to DMSMS is-sues, realize future savings during production and sustainment, deliver better buying power, and improve overall life-cycle management. All program managers should task their DMSMS offices to assess the adequacy of their DMSMS management efforts. Deficiencies should be corrected as soon as possible. It’s a matter of lives, readiness, mission success, and dollars. A robust DMSMS management program consists of five interrelated steps: prepare, for example, develop a DMSMS strategy and obtain funding; identify items with immediate or near-term obsolescence issues; assess the items to prioritize those most likely to affect readiness or availability; analyze possible resolutions; and implement the most cost-effective solutions. This guidebook—designed primarily for the DMSMS practitioner, provides best practices for robust DMSMS management. Program managers, engineers, and life-cycle logisticians should find the guidance particularly useful. The guidebook will be updated periodically. This version of SD-22, Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages: A Guidebook of Best Practices for Implementing a Robust DMSMS Management Program, replaces a version published in September 2010.
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