Call for Nominations for the 4th Annual Secretary of Defense Product Support Manager (PSM) Award

Bill Kobren

DAU Director, Logistics & Sustainment Center (April 27, 2016)

DoD Product Support Managers are being afforded another opportunity for well-deserved recognition and acknowledgement of the important contributions they are making supporting their warfighter customers, their life cycle logistics teams, their program managers, and their military services.

On April 25, 2016, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics issued a memorandum entitled “Fourth Annual Secretary of Defense Product Support Manager Award,” stating “the Product Support Manager (PSM) is a critical program position in delivering weapon system readiness. In recognition of PSM accomplishments and contributions toward achieving the goals outlined in Better Buying Power, this memorandum solicits nominations for the 2016 Secretary of Defense Product Support Manager of the Year Award.”

The memorandum goes on to remind readers that “the PSM is the program manager’s expert on sustainment planning, responsible for implementing product support capabilities that achieve the user’s requirements for system availability. The award recognizes PSM contributions to controlling cost within affordability caps, promoting industry competition and innovation, and implementing effective product support strategies. The award honors outstanding PSMs in two categories: Major Defense Acquisition Programs, Acquisition Categories (ACATs) I PSM; and Major Weapon System/Other Weapon Systems, ACAT II and below PSMs. This award supports the department’s goal to enhance the Defense Acquisition Workforce (DAW) with incentives, increased capabilities, and recognition of the PSM as critical to program support. It furthers the DAW vision of creating a high-quality, high-performing, agile DAW to achieve technological superiority and protect America’s national security.”

The memorandum concludes by advising “PSM Award nominations are due August 26, 2016. Submission instructions and criteria are at The winners in each category will be acknowledged at the Spring 2017 Secretary of Defense Product Support Manager Workshop, followed by formal presentation of the award at their command.”

This is the fourth year DoD Product Support Managers will have the opportunity to be recognized through this important Secretary of Defense-level award. In addition to this PSM Annual Award memo, details about previous award winners, as well as an extensive range of PSM-related resources and references are in the PSM Policy, Guidance, Tools, and Training Repository on the Life Cycle Logistics Community of Practice (LOG CoP).