Course Overview:

“Sustainment” (as commonly defined by industry and government), is comprised of maintenance, support, and upgrade practices that maintain or improve the performance of a system and maximize the availability of goods and services while minimizing their cost and footprint or, more simply, the capacity of a system to endure.

Sustainment is a multi-trillion-dollar enterprise for critical systems, in both government (infrastructure and defense) and industry (transportation, industrial controls, data centers, energy generation).

This course introduces the important attributes of system sustainment by integrating the data analytics, engineering analysis, and public policy necessary to develop technologies, processes, and policies aimed at sustainment management processes and practices.

Course Outline:

1. Introduction to Sustainment

  • The Sustainment/Sustainability Landscape
  • Defining Sustainment

2. The Acquisition of Critical Systems

  • Total Ownership Costs – performance tradeoffs
  • The Acquisition Process
  • System Design for Sustainment
  • Technical Data Packages
  • Production

3. System Failure

  • Reliability
  • Software failure
  • Quality, Durability, and Safety

4. Maintenance – Managing System Failure

  • Maintenance Time and Maintainability
  • Maintenance Measures
  • Corrective Maintenance (spares and warranty)
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Predictive Maintenance
  • Maintenance Scheduling
  • Failure Free and Maintenance Free Operating Periods

5. Availability and Readiness

  • Time-Based Availability Measures
  • Readiness
  • Markov Availability Models
  • Spares Demand-Driven Availability
  • System Effectiveness
  • Mapping availability to cost

6. Sustainment Inventory Management

  • Inventory Modeling
  • Single-Echelon Models
  • Multi-Echelon Models
  • Cannibalization
  • Shelf Life
  • End-Item Inventory

7. Supporting Analyses (included within the class):

  • Discounted Cash Flow Analysis
  • Monte Carlo Analysis
  • Discrete Event Simulation


Peter Sandborn (CALCE), William Lucyshyn (Public Policy)

Bldg. 89, Rm. 1101

University of Maryland

College Park, MD 20742