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Logistic Support Analysis (LSA)

Last updated: January 5, 2018

What Does Logistic Support Analysis (LSA) Mean?

Logistic support analysis (LSA) is a disciplined and structured approach, highlighting actions to define, analyze, and quantify logistics support requirements, and to influence design for supportability, throughout system development.

Its objective is to ensure that optimum system performance, continuity and availability are achieved at minimum life-cycle cost. It is widely used by the military for the implementation and management of effective corrosion control and prevention programs. LSA activities are performed based on widely accepted international military and civil specifications.


Corrosionpedia Explains Logistic Support Analysis (LSA)

LSA combines system design, logistics and systems engineering to develop an optimum support outcome. It applies carefully weighted data and statistics in an effort to include supportability during the design process. It provides detailed descriptions of specific resources required to support a system throughout its utilization stage by providing timely, valid data for all areas of integrated logistics support (ILS). This data is used to plan, acquire and position support resources such as support staff, spare parts and funds to ensure deployed systems meet their availability requirements. At the production and utilization phase, the operational and maintenance data is used to provide feedback, which is used in reviewing data validity and ensuring reduced life-cycle costs.

Typical parameters include:

  • Equipment maintainability and reliability
  • Human factors and system safety
  • Energy management and efficiency
  • Corrosion
  • Non-destructive inspection

Benefits of logical support analysis include:

  • Increased support efficiency
  • Increased compatibility of system engineering to the support system
  • Low life-cycle cost
  • Reduced maintenance and support costs
  • Identifying necessary logistics support resources such as manpower, support equipment and spares
  • Identifying supportability problems and cost drivers in the early stages to take necessary measures and determine additional areas of improvement
  • Standardizing of an integrated logistics support database comprised of different logistics data sources

LSA provides a framework and guidance for the implementation and management of effective corrosion control and prevention programs. It puts in place a provision for initial and follow-up training on the causes of corrosion, detection, corrective and preventive measures. The training targets civilian and military specialists on storage, maintenance, supply, packaging and support.


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