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Product Life Cycle Support

Life cycle logistics...

DTB Provides Support Throughout the Life Cycle

Performance-Based Logistics (PBL), also known as performance based life-cycle product support, is a strategy for cost-effective system and supply support. PBL can extend beyond traditional methods to integrate real-time 'lifecycle event data'. This has allowed information to be made available at different points in the lifecycle of an individual product or product stream.

Product support integrators (PSI) deliver performance outcomes as defined by performance metrics for a system or product. The integrator commits to this performance level at a lower cost, or increased performance at costs similar to those previously achieved under a non-PBL or transactional portfolio of product support arrangements for goods and services.

PBL systems help organizations grapple with increasing complexity and engineering challenges of developing new products for global markets and to comply with military / governmental requirements.

A product lifecycle system is one of the cornerstones of a manufacturer's information technology structure. DTB describes the engineering aspect of a product, managing descriptions and properties of a product through its development and useful life.


Performance Based Logistics gives contractors partial responsibility for readiness.


The Defense Logistics Agency is working to combine multiple service contracts for similar items into a single PBL arrangement that supports all the services.

Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) and the

PBL is the United States Department of Defense's (DoD) preferred approach to supporting weapon system logistics. It seeks to deliver product support as an integrated, affordable performance package designed to optimize system readiness. PBL meets performance goals for a weapon system through a support structure based on long-term performance agreements with clear lines of authority and responsibility.

DoD program managers are required to develop and implement performance-based life-cycle support strategies for weapon systems. These strategies should optimize total system availability while minimizing cost and logistics footprint. The selection of the specific performance metrics should be carefully considered and supported by an operationally-oriented analysis, taking into account technology maturity, fiscal constraints, and schedule.

In implementing performance-based life-cycle product support strategies, the metrics should be appropriate to the scope of product support integrators and provider's responsibilities. Systems should be reviewed to ensure they are motivating the desired behaviors across the enterprise.