An Analysis of Department Of Defense Policy and Guidance for Implementation of Performance-Based Logistics
Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States
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The goal of this thesis is to improve Department of Defense DOD policy and guidance to help program managers and product support managers effectively employ Performance Based Logistics PBL as a product support strategy. If properly utilized, a PBL approach can reduce a weapon systems life cycle cost, increase its availability to the warfighter, and reduce the logistics footprint traditionally required to sustain it. This thesis contains a thorough analysis of the most current and relevant DOD policies and guidance to determine if it adequately supports implementation of PBL. A model is presented to aid readers through the analysis of the selected documentation to identify areas where policy refinement and additional guidance may improve understanding and awareness of PBL. This thesis makes recommendations on closing the identified information gaps with the aim to strengthen PBL policies and procedures. Major findings that trend across the reviewed documents or pose significant problems for implementing PBL are addressed with recommendations. The desired result of this research is to improve existing PBL policy and guidance in order to ultimately provide affordable and effective weapons systems in the defense of our nation.