These documents are a set of learning resources developed by the Air Force in collaboration with the University of Tennessee. These learning resources have been commissioned to provide more detailed instructions on the implementation of life-cycle product support and apply to the USAF and other services. Air Force Instruction 63-101 / AFI 20-101 states: “Product support is a continuous and collaborative set of activities that defines and maintains the availability and operation of a system, subsystem or end product throughout its life cycle. A product support strategy must be based on the integrated product support elements identified in the DoD product support guide in order to integrate the phases of a system throughout its lifecycle. The product support strategy is the commercial and technical approach to the design, acquisition and scope of the product support package in order to implement the sustainable development strategy. It begins as a broad concept and is becoming a detailed implementation plan documented in the DCSP. In addition, “Performance-Based Product Support (PBL) applies to new programs, performance and sustainability changes, as well as the acquisition of new systems, subsystems and raw materials. Thinking about product assistance should begin with an early needs assessment prior to MS A and continue with system design, development, operational use, retirement and elimination. Described in the DoD product support guide, the Product Support Model (PSBM) expands the range of product hedging strategies. It also states that “the PSBM is a strategy for planning and managing product support for lifecycle product support.” The PM has significant discretion in defining the implementation of the PSBM and developing performance-based agreements with Warfighter customers, the Product Support Integrator (PSIs) and the Product Support Provider (PSPs) to meet general performance requirements and meet the needs of validated warriors.
However, for all PSBM implementations, the PSM ensures that the support needed to satisfy all elements of product support is within the scope of agreements with one or more PSIs. A public-private partnership (PPP) is one of the Air Force`s preferred sustainable development agreements, as outlined in AFI 63-101, Acquisition and Sustainment Life Cycle Management. The goal of a PPP is to use the best skills of the public and private sectors to reduce costs and provide the warrior with more responsive product support. The objectives of the partnership are: more responsive product support, improved facility utilization, reduced operating costs, more efficient business processes and better AF 50-50/core posture. In order to strengthen these objectives and, in particular, to support the implementation of the partnership, AFPEO/SP has signed a PPP intent programme for Industry 2 Feb 2012, coordinated with SMC/PI, PK, FM, JA and DS. This memo describes the desire to increase P3s in the space community over the next few years. Currently, AFSPC has not formally implemented partnership agreements, while the DoD as a whole already has more than 400 partnerships. Due to the lack of spatial instructions, SMC/PIL and SMC/SLX worked with the three BIO-deposits AF (OO-ALC, OC-ALC and WR-ALC) and HQ AFMC/A8 to develop this PPP guide. AFPEO/SP supports these efforts to strengthen the partnership and has instructed SMC/PIL and SMC/SLX to immediately implement this strategy on our space programs. This first iteration of the manual was published on March 1, 2012.
A revised and updated version will be published on June 1, 2012.