10 U.S. Code § 2337 - 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—
maximize competition and make the best possible use of available Department of Defense and industry resources at the system, subsystem, and component levels; and
maximize value to the Department of Defense by providing the best possible product support outcomes at the lowest operations and support cost.
(b) Product Support Managers.—
(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;
conduct appropriate cost analyses to validate the product support strategy, including cost-benefit analyses as outlined in Office of Management and Budget Circular A–94;
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:
(1) Product support.—
(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:
Life-cycle product support.
Weapon systems product support.
(3) Product support integrator.—
(4) Product support provider.—
2013—Subsec. (b)(2)(I). Pub. L. 113–66 added subpar. (I).