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
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
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.
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.