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Life Cycle Logistics Support and Supply Chain Management

Life Cycle Logistics Support and Supply Chain Management

NASA Deputy Director & Acting Program Manager Vincent Cappello (240) 309-8304

Life Cycle Logistics Support and Supply Chain Management

The Life Cycle Logistics Support (LCLS) and Supply Chain Management function in Headquarters Logistics Management Division is responsible for Agency policy regarding this discipline and for establishing consistent practices and procedures throughout the Agency.  The objective of this discipline is to ensure that flight hardware systems and associated ground systems provide required operational availability at minimum life cycle cost.  Life Cycle Logistics Support personnel working within, or in support of, Programs and Projects, begin their efforts in the conceptual phase and work closely with systems engineering, design engineering, and operations counterparts through the design, acquisition, and operation of spaceflight systems to achieve this objective.

This discipline (also known as Integrated Logistics Support) has a long heritage within NASA extending back at least as far as the Apollo Program and is closely aligned with implementation of Product Support Management by the Department of Defense.  Within NASA, it gained increased prominence, as an In-Flight Maintenance became an integral capability in the Shuttle Program and essential to the International Space Station Program.  The links and documents available below provide guidance for implementing LCLS in NASA programs and projects, access to various tools to assist in this process, and documents of historical interest from previous NASA programs and from the Department of Defense.

LCLS Implementation Guidance

NASA Life Cycle Logistics Support Guidebook

Life Cycle Logistics Support Tools and Resources

LMI Report NS206T1 – Life Cycle Logistics Support Tools, LMI, 2012

Defense Acquisition University’s Life Cycle Logistics Community of Practice
(Product Support Policy, Guidance, Tools & Training) 

Suggested Defense Acquisition University Training Flow

Supply Chain / Supplier Viability Risk Management

LMI Report NS106T1 – Strategies for Mitigating NASA’s Supplier Viability, LMI, 2011

SD-22 Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages: A Guidebook of Best Practices for Implementing a Robust DMSMS Ma

Defense Standardization Program Office, 2016

Previous NASA Program LCLS-related Documents

Shuttle IFM Tool Catalog

Constellation Supportability Plan

Multi-Program Lessons Learned

Apollo IFM Concept

Apollo Maintenance Plan

Other Reference Documents

MIL-STD-1388-1A (cancelled)

MIL-STD-1388-2B (cancelled)