Parts Management Success Stories and Lessons Learned

Lead: , Director, Sustainment Services, BAE Systems

The DoD Parts Management Program is an integral part of the acquisition process for design, development, modification and sustainment of weapons systems and equipment. An effective parts management program provides the ultimate user, the warfighter, better solutions that can be measured through the desired performance-based criteria of operational availability, operational reliability, and cost per unit usage, logistics footprint and logistics response time as well as payback in terms of reduced total ownership costs.

Parts Management focuses on selecting the best parts at the design phase of an acquisition program, as well as managing parts-specific issues throughout the program lifecycle, under an overarching Systems Engineering framework. Parts are the building blocks from which systems are created and, as such, greatly impact hardware performance and readiness. The reliability, maintainability, and supportability of the end item are dependent upon these parts. Today’s acquisition environment is characterized by rapid design evolution, increased use of commercial part types, global supply chain partners, and DMSMS issues. The need for programs and contractors to have an effective Parts Management Program is greater than ever before.

This track will provide a forum for individuals to discuss processes, methods, best practices, lessons learned, case studies, and success stories related to Parts Management concepts. Presentations are welcomed from any individual with experience using systems engineering concepts to ensure long-term system supportability.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Parts Management Requirements, Procedures, Standards, and Practices
  • Parts Management Issues and Challenges
  • Development of Parts Management Plans
  • Synergy of Systems Engineering and Parts Management
  • The Role of Parts Management in Design
  • Coordination of Parts Management Issues within or between Services or Agencies
  • Obsolescence Management as an Element of Parts Management
  • Tools and Processes Supporting Parts Management (Electrical and/or Mechanical)
  • DoD-Industry Partnerships for Parts Management (Electrical and/or Mechanical)
  • Value-Added Examples of Parts Management within the DoD
  • Commercial Parts Management Programs/Systems
  • Parts Management with Coalition Partners
  • Automated Parts Management Systems across the Lifecycle
  • Innovative Parts Management Practices
  • Parts Standardization & Management Committee (PSMC)
  • The Benefits of Parts Management: Parts Management Resources and Program Metrics
  • Implementation (or Verification) of PM&P (Parts, Materials and Processes) Requirements when Integrating COTS Electronic Assemblies

*Note - As with all of the technical session abstracts, if it appears that a topic is instructional in nature and would benefit from more time to develop the subject, that topic may be selected for a training session either during the Monday training sessions or in a training track in the mid-week technical sessions and be given an hour to present it.