A Program Manager (PM) should analytically determine the most effective levels of maintenance and sources based on materiel availability and cost factors. Policy requires (10 U.S.C. 2464) organic core maintenance capabilities are in place to provide effective and timely response to surge demands and to ensure cost efficiency and technical competence. In addition, core sustaining workload must be accomplished in Government owned facilities with Government owned equipment and personnel. The PM should perform an analysis to determine the maintenance source that complies with statutory requirements, operational readiness and best value for non-core workloads. [1]

Core Logistics Capability
Core logistics capability (10 U.S.C. 2464) is required that is government-owned and government-operated (including government personnel and government owned and operated equipment and facilities) to ensure a ready and controlled source of technical competence with the resources necessary to ensure effective and timely response to mobilization, national defense contingency situations, or other emergency requirements. These capabilities must be established no later than 4 years after achieving Initial Operational Capability (IOC). These capabilities should also include those necessary to maintain and repair systems and other military equipment that are identified as necessary to fulfill the strategic and contingency plans prepared by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Core logistics capabilities should be performed at government owned-government operated (GO-GO) facilities of a military department. Such facilities should be assigned sufficient workload to maintain these core capabilities and ensure cost efficiency and technical competence in peacetime while preserving the surge capacity and reconstitution capabilities necessary to fully support strategic and contingency plans. [1]

Depot Source of Repair (DSOR) Analysis
The process to help the PM select the best value in depot maintenance support is implemented through the Depot Source of Repair (DSOR) analysis. The Depot Source of Repair Guide provides additional information for accomplishing the required Core Logistics Analysis/Source of Repair Analysis in determining the source of repair for depot level workload. The DSOR decision process is an integral part of sustainment planning and mandatory for systems/equipment requiring depot maintenance. DoD Directive 4151.18 “Maintenance of Military Materiel“, requires DSOR assignments be made by the PM using the DSOR assignment decision logic. The process should be completed before entering into firm commitments or obligating funds for other than interim depot support. The DSOR decision is typically made during the Engineering & Manufacturing Development and the Production and Deployment phases. [1]

Depot Maintenance 50 Percent Limitation Requirement
Title 10 U.S.C. 2466 requires not more than 50 percent of the funds made available in a fiscal year to a military department or defense agency for depot level maintenance and repair workload as defined by Title 10 U.S.C. 2460 be used to contract for performance by non-federal government personnel. As this is a military department and agency level requirement and not a system specific requirement, the PM should not undertake depot maintenance source of support decisions without consultation with accountable military department logistics officials to get the DoD Component position on this statutory requirement. [1]

See Depot-Level of Maintenance

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Updated: 7/19/2017

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