In case you hadn't seen it already, the October-December 2017 issue of the Defense Standardization Program Journal is dedicated to the topic of Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS). No system or program is immune from DMSMS issues; they are inevitable. They are not confined to piece parts or devices; and can occur at the part, module, component, equipment, or system level and affect short- and long-lived systems; repairables and consumables. DMSMS issues are also not limited to defense-unique items; commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) items represent a significant obsolescence problem, because such items are most susceptible to market forces.
This issue of the DSP Journal addresses the enduring challenge of DMSMS and obsolescence, and describes ongoing efforts, DMSMS mitigation approaches, and lessons learned.
LINK: DSP DMSMS Issue
The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center's (AMRDEC) Obsolescence Engineering team has created a system called the Multifunctional Obsolescence Resolution Environment tool-database (MORE). MORE is a government-owned engineering analytical obsolescence and DMSMS management information system, maintained by AMRDEC.
Proactively identifying DMSMS issues as soon as information becomes available increases the number of resolution options available and creates opportunities for an increased number of lower-cost alternatives. This allows for more time to address the problem before an impact occurs. If a program does not discover a DMSMS issue until there is a failed attempt to buy an item, resolution options often are limited, usually only more expensive alternatives are feasible and may impact readiness.
Read the Whole Article here: https://www.army.mil/article/192061/database_tool_improves_dod_obsolescence
Please check out the artices article: Cross-Service Collaboration Yields Efficiencies for Diminishing Resources
Authors: Jay Mandelbaum, Tina M. Patterson, Chris Radford, Allen S. Alcorn and William F. Conroy III
As you know, our purpose is to facilitate the implementation of DMSMS management throughout the DoD in order to proactively reduce, where possible, adverse impacts on readiness, schedule, and cost due to DMSMS issues. We serve as the focal point for developing and revising DoD DMSMS policy, guidance, and management strategies. We are the Champions for proactive DMSMS management best practices, synergies, and standardization. It makes me happy to see more and more cooperation, communication, efficiency, and synergy amongst all of us. Collaborations like these are key to our success. It is with great pleasure that I work with you all every day and am able to witness the outstanding support that you provide Program Offices as they tackle DMSMS issues.
I am looking forward to showcasing more success stories like this (via Journals and the Conference) so please if you have something to share please let me know.
Your expertise and skills are needed!
You are invited to submit an abstract for your proposed presentation for the following tracks:
Abstract Submission Deadline is July 31, 2017.
You are invited to attend the Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) 2017 Conference scheduled for December 4-7, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. Qualified attendees (active US Military, Government or current DD2354 on file) will also be able to attend the concurrent Defense Manufacturing Conference at no additional expense, giving you access to more technical information for the same travel cost.