10 U.S. Code § 2337 - Life-cycle management and product support
Life-cycle management and product support
(a)Guidance on Life-Cycle Management.—The Secretary of Defense shall issue and maintain comprehensive guidance on life-cycle management and the development and implementation of product support strategies for major weapon systems. The guidance issued pursuant to this subsection shall—
(b)Product Support Managers.—
The Secretary of Defense shall require that each major weapon system be supported by a product support manager in accordance with this subsection.
(2)Responsibilities.—A product support manager for a major weapon system shall—
develop and implement a comprehensive product support strategy for the weapon system;
use appropriate predictive analysis and modeling tools that can improve material availability and reliability, increase operational availability rates, and reduce operation and sustainment costs;
adjust performance requirements and resource allocations across product support integrators and product support providers as necessary to optimize implementation of the product support strategy;
periodically review product support arrangements between the product support integrators and product support providers to ensure the arrangements are consistent with the overall product support strategy;
ensure that the product support strategy maximizes small business participation at the appropriate tiers; and
ensure that product support arrangements for the weapon system describe how such arrangements will ensure efficient procurement, management, and allocation of Government-owned parts inventories in order to prevent unnecessary procurements of such parts.
(c)Definitions.—In this section:
(2)Product support arrangement.—The term “product support arrangement” means a contract, task order, or any type of other contractual arrangement, or any type of agreement or non-contractual arrangement within the Federal Government, for the performance of sustainment or logistics support required for major weapon systems, subsystems, or components. The term includes arrangements for any of the following:
Contractor logistics support.
Life-cycle product support.
Weapon systems product support.
(3)Product support integrator.—
(4)Product support provider.—
The term “product support provider” means an entity that provides product support functions. The term includes an entity within the Department of Defense, an entity within the private sector, or a partnership between such entities.
2013—Subsec. (b)(2)(I). Pub. L. 113–66 added subpar. (I).
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