According to the summary, the Air Contract Safety Assistance Guide (GSSC) “would be used by USAF staff involved in lifecycle management processes to reduce and control the costs and risks associated with purchasing products or services. The CSSG contains best practice recommendations (BPs) that are attributed to the Air Force Products Assistance Elements and the Air Force Air Analysis Improvement Group (AF CAIG). Each BP provides an overview of the use and implementation of BP and how it can be applied to support the management of the national program and contractual practices for all stages of a system/product lifecycle. Recommendations for the implementation of BPs are also provided to include references and corresponding guidelines. Performance metrics are included and can be used to measure efforts to achieve contractual and sustainable development goals. This document is divided into four main sections and annexes to enable program teams to understand the basis of the information, develop strategies and use its content. Among the sixteen commercial and seven best practices of the state is the best business practices #2 – Performance Based Logistics (PBL) Contracting, among others that potentially have the applicability to an agreement to support PBL products. Air Force Instruction 63-101 / AFI 20-101 states: “Product support is a continuous and collaborative set of activities that defines and maintains the availability and operation of a system, subsystem or end product throughout its life cycle. A product support strategy must be based on the integrated product support elements identified in the DoD product support guide in order to integrate the phases of a system throughout its lifecycle. The product support strategy is the commercial and technical approach to the design, acquisition and scope of the product support package in order to implement the sustainable development strategy. It begins as a broad concept and is becoming a detailed implementation plan documented in the DCSP.
In addition, “Performance-Based Product Support (PBL) applies to new programs, performance and sustainability changes, as well as the acquisition of new systems, subsystems and raw materials. Thinking about product assistance should begin with an early needs assessment prior to MS A and continue with system design, development, operational use, retirement and elimination. Described in the DoD product support guide, the Product Support Model (PSBM) expands the range of product hedging strategies. It also states that “the PSBM is a strategy for planning and managing product support for lifecycle product support.” The PM has significant discretion in defining the implementation of the PSBM and developing performance-based agreements with Warfighter customers, the Product Support Integrator (PSIs) and the Product Support Provider (PSPs) to meet general performance requirements and meet the needs of validated warriors. However, for all PSBM implementations, the PSM ensures that the support needed to satisfy all elements of product support is within the scope of agreements with one or more PSIs. AFI 63-1201 “Life Cycle Systems Engineering” Requires programs to address these software focus areas at least throughout the lifecycle, starting with activities prior to Milestone A.