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Logistics and Life Cycle Management (MASL P309348)

This program offering is designed to examine the components and characteristics of effective logistics systems. Emphasis is placed on identification of the life cycle phases and the important considerations in developing cost models that predict the likely total ownership cost of major weapon system projects.

Key Objectives:

  1. Examine the fundamental concepts and framework for structuring an effective logistics management system.

  2. Examine and apply, in detail, best practices in improving logistics systems to enhance participants’ understanding of methods that lead to successful logistics management systems.

  3. Understand and utilize financial and other necessary logistics management tools.

  4. Develop periods and phases of the acquisition life cycle which include key decision points, such as identification of project goals, project products, business budget and technical considerations.

  5.  Provide course participants with the tools and techniques necessary to develop reasonable life cycle cost models for armaments projects.

  6.  Assist organizations in their efforts to develop and institutionalize efficient and effective problem solving and decision making techniques related to logistics, sustainment of systems, and life cycle management.


  • Logistics Planning

  • Acquisition Logistics

  • Logistics Program Implementation

  • Lifecycle Management

  • Total Ownership Cost Model

  • Life Cycle Cost

  • RAM (reliability, maintainability, and availability)

  • Test and Evaluation

Learning methodologies include lecture, open discussion, in class exercises and case studies

*Participants will work on a small group project aimed at development of a range of estimates for the purchase, sustainment, and disposal of a major weapon system considering factors such as organic versus contractor logistics support, risks, and international factors that influence cost.


This  program offering is designed for international military officers and civilian equivalents of grades 04-06 who are involved in and/or manage logistics and life cycle management of projects.   


This program offering is exported and customized given a country’s specific requirements. Please contact the IDARM Program Manager, Ms. Kathleen Peggar, for scheduling.   

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