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Dau learning resources for DMSMS professionals and newcomers.

The Defense Acquisition University, working in concert with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and the DoD Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages Working Group, has fielded an extensive set of DMSMS-related training and implementation resources. These include four Web-based continuous learning modules (with a fifth planned); DMSMS, obsolescence, and continuous modernization materials in several of our DAU courses; and comprehensive Web-based materials available on the DAU Logistics Community of Practice (LOG CoP).

The four continuous learning modules are available either for continuous learning credit for the DoD acquisition, technology and logistics workforce, or in a browse mode that allows students to review the content but not receive official credit for completion.

While there are no prerequisites for any of the DMSMS courses, CLL 201, the DMSMS Fundamentals Course, should be taken before attempting CLL 203 or CLL 204.

The modules, which can be accessed on the DAU Continuous Learning site at <>, are:

CLL 201 -- Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages Fundamentals

This three-hour computer-based continuous learning module is designed to provide a working-level overview of DMSMS issues and contains six lessons: Overview of DMSMS; Combating the DMSMS Problem; Reporting, Measuring, and Predicting DMSMS; Guidance and Reference Sources; DMSMS Tools for the Program Manager; and Successful DMSMS Management Models. This is a Service-neutral and discipline-neutral course at the end of which students will have a good basic working knowledge of DMSMS history, issues, tools, and current initiatives; and they will have seen real examples of successful proactive DMSMS programs. Students will understand why standardization of policy and procedure within the DMSMS community is so important and will be familiar with many other related topics. One of the most important tools covered is the DoD DMSMS Center of Excellence. Upon completion of this module students receive three continuous learning points.

CLL 202 -- Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages Executive Course

This one-hour course provides concise DMSMS information for executives or program managers requiring an understanding of how DMSMS impacts their operations in terms of reliability, maintainability, supply chain efficiency, funding, policy, procedure, and staffing. The course is tailored to offer the executive a perspective of management/supervisory actions necessary to enable effective DMSMS mitigation, thereby enhancing mission readiness, efficiency, and cost effectiveness; and to understand the challenges and options to ensure proper establishment of an optimum proactive DMSMS team. Upon completion of this module, students will receive one continuous learning point.

CLL 203 -- Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages Essentials

While not mandatory, students may have previously taken either the DMSMS Fundamentals or the DMSMS Executive Overview modules, both of which provide the fundamentals of proactive DMSMS management and cover regulations and policies, how to set up a DMSMS program, applicable metrics, and other issues. It is assumed that CLL 203 students have a working knowledge of these topics. As with the other modules, this module will center on electronics because it remains one of the primary problem areas. However, mechanical and materials DMSMS initiatives will also be covered. This module contains more technical content than the other modules. It will introduce students to DLA's DMSMS programs and capabilities and will review basic techniques for component research. The module will take approximately two hours to complete. Students receive two continuous learning points upon completion of this module.

CLL 204 Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages Case Studies

Though not mandatory, it would be helpful if students have completed the CLL 201, CLL 202, and CLL 203. While the other modules gave students the basic concepts, tools information, and skills, this course ties it all together. In this module, students will have an opportunity to review a few DMSMS program scenarios and evaluate the program's level of proactivity. Students will also make simple DMSMS management decisions for a real world DMSMS scenario, learning that in DMSMS, there is no single best way to do anything. One group's decision may not be the same as that of another group, but both may be equally effective. This module will take students approximately two hours to complete. Upon completion of this module students receive two continuous learning points.

Tailored classroom versions of these courses can also be arranged and presented to your organization by a DLA or Service instructor by contacting

Revised Web-based LOG 204 Released

In addition, DAU recently deployed a newly revised Web-based LOG 204--Configuration Management course, which includes a module on DMSMS as part of a larger lesson on issues and initiatives impacting configuration management. LOG 235--Performance Based Logistics also discusses the importance of DMSMS and obsolescence planning and the use of continuous modernization as a mitigation strategy.

Under the broader umbrella of "Aging Systems" at <> on the DAU Logistics Community of Practice Sustainment site <>, the university also maintains individual sites on the five topics listed below. Visited more than 23,000 times over the last two years alone, these sites contain extensive materials and resources related to:

* Obsolescence -- the process or condition by which a piece of equipment becomes no longer useful, or a form and function no longer current or available for production or repair.

* Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages -- the loss or impending loss of the last known manufacturer or supplier of raw material, production parts, or repair parts.

* Continuous Modernization -- a process by which state-of-the-art technologies are inserted continuously into weapon systems to increase reliability, lower sustainment costs, and increase the warfighting capability of a system to meet evolving customer requirements throughout an indefinite service life.

* Technology Insertion (sometimes also referred to as Technology Transition) -- the process of applying critical technology in military systems to provide an effective weapons and support system in the quantity and quality needed by the warfighter to carry out assigned missions and at the "best value" as measured by the warfighter.

* Lead-Free Electronics/Solder -- an issue that has arisen in large part as a result of a European Union directive which, among other things, results in the elimination of the use of lead in electronic components. This environmental initiative raises some very real concerns related to reliability and maintainability of high-tech weapon systems, as well as potential logistics issues related to configuration management, parts management, and cataloging.

The DMSMS site at <> contains dozens of DMSMS links, documents, and policy memos, from across DoD and the military services, including the DoD Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) Guidebook (Version 1.1), a compilation of the best proactive practices from across DoD Services and agencies for managing the risk of obsolescence. With material extracted from various DoD DMSMS management documents, this DoD DMSMS Guidebook provides the DMSMS program manager with a central repository of best practices. Additionally, it identifies assorted measurement tools that may be useful in analyzing and tracking the effectiveness of DMSMS Programs.

Complementing the DMSMS resources available through the DMSMS Knowledge Sharing Portal at <>, the OSD Defense Microelectronics Activity at <>, the Government-Industry Data Exchange Program at <>, and a number of individual Service Web sites, DAU is an integral part of an aggressive DoD effort to help programs proactively manage and mitigate their DMSMS problem.

Kobren is program director, sustainment; he may be contacted at
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Title Annotation:Spotlight on DAU Learning Resources
Author:Kobren, Bill
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Date:Nov 1, 2006
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