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Policy Initiatives to Achieve Readiness and Support Objectives,
DOD WEAPON SUPPORT IMPROVEMENT AND ANALYSIS OFFICE ALEXANDRIA VA
The fundamental responsibility of the Defense logistics community is to ensure the timely availability of the requisite support to enable our forces to effectively deter aggression, and should deterence fail, to successfully undertake military operations that prevent the enemy from achieving his goals at minimum war cost to the U.S. and our allies. In essence, this means the logistics community of organic and industrial capability, must ensure military force readiness and sustainability. This formidable responsibility imparts a concurrently dual-edged challenge obtaining affordable Life Cycle Costeffective supportable systems and continuing improvements in the effectiveness and efficiency of our logistics systems operations. To meet this challenge DoD has undertaken several policy initiatives to achieve more intensive and effective logistics involvement in the acquisition process. Particularly, attention has been given to changing top level acquisition policy directives and instructions, and in changes to the logistics support analysis requirements outlined in MIL-STD-1388. The purpose of these changes being to concentrate adequate management attention on the early phases of the acquisition process where the greatest influence can be made on system design characteristics.
This article is from 'Proceedings of the Federal Acquisition Research Symposium with Theme: Government, Industry, Academe: Synergism for Acquisition Improvement, held at Williamsburg, Virginia on 7-9 December 1983, AD-A137 700, p327-329.