The Product Support Triad: A Critical Convergence
Defense Acquisition University Fort Belvoir United States
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In the bad old days of the Cold War, the United States relied on a strategic deterrence triad long-range bombers, land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles ICBMs, and mobile nuclear submarine-based ballistic missiles. The combination of these deterrents ensured that a viable strategic deterrence was always maintained. Similarly, effective product support relies on a triad of focused and carefully chosen sustainment outcome metrics, effective interaction among the integrated product support IPS elements, and appropriately comprehensive governance.