March 20, 2017
The Aerospace Industries Association’s Product Support Committee has long advocated for expanding the use of performance-based logistics (PBL) within the Department of Defense (DoD) for weapons system sustainment. Effective PBL strategies require clearly defined and well executed management roles between Product Support Managers (PSM) and Product Support Integrators (PSI). The PSI function not only entails managing contracts with multiple product support providers; the successful PSI makes trade-offs across all applicable product support elements to optimize outcomes. This raises a question: Who is generally better suited to perform the function of PSI, the government or industry?
To help answer this question AIA engaged with the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy to host a day-long workshop on August 3, 2016.