TRACK 1 - Introduction to Reliability Maintainability&
Supportability (RMS) Disciplines
RMSP101: Introduction to System Reliability Engineering.
course is designed to provide a basic understanding of concepts,
tools, design practices and test approaches to design and develop
systems that meet customer reliability requirements. Key concepts
addressed in the course include reliability terms and definitions,
system reliability modeling and analysis, importance of maintenance,
data sources, and reliability test approaches.
RMSP102: The Essence of Sustainability.
This course/workshop will
teach students to understand and scrutinize the principles and role of
materiel sustainability in effecting warfighter technical superiority and
readiness at “best-cost”. It will also aid them in understanding the
importance of establishing a Life-Cycle Sustainment Plan (LCSP) as
part of the acquisition strategy and how a sustainment strategy is to
be implemented. Examples will be given regarding what is and what
RMSP103: Implementing Performance Based Logistics (PBL).
This fast-paced course integrates principles, policies and practices for
implementing Performance Based Logistics (PBL) through enhanced
Reliability, Maintainability and Supportability (RMS). It highlights key
PBL concepts and the motivation for government and industry to
improve sustainment strategies for defense weapon systems. The
course summarizes Department of Defense directives and guidance
concerning PBL implementation and describes examples from new
systems and legacy sub-systems. It incorporates interactive team
exercises to reinforce key activities like selecting a Product Support
Integrator (PSI) and developing Performance-Based Agreements
(PBA). The course also includes demonstration of additional PBL
TRACK 2 - Implementing RMS Disciplines (Engineering
RMSP 201: Reliability Analysis Toolkit.
The Reliability Analytics
Toolkit is a collection of on-line tools for performing calculations and
analyses commonly used in system reliability analysis. The tools
include a variety of easy-to-use calculators such as redundancy
calculators, Weibull analysis, reliability growth testing planning and
tracking, spare parts requirements, component life-time purchase
analysis, environmental impact on system MTBF, field MTBF
calculations, confidence intervals, and common probability
distributions. The toolkit is a cloud application that currently has over
25 calculators and requires no software downloads.
RMSP202: Software for Reliability Professionals.
This course will
provide reliability professionals with the tools to accurately predict
component and system reliability requirements. "What if" analyses will
be used to determine how to reduce development costs, shorten time
to market and reduce warranty costs.
RMSP203: Reliability Engineering and Analysis.
engineering and analysis includes the application of the advancing
body of knowledge for mission reliability, maintainability and
availability to achieve design requirements and life-cycle sustainability.
Reliability analysis at the material or part design level provides
methods that must be employed by engineers performing design,
analysis and part selection (bill of materials) in specific disciplines
[mechanical, structural, aerospace, electrical or chemical]. Reliability
at the system design level provides methods to allocate requirements
down to the assembly design configuration and subsequently achieve
integration of design and reliability parameters into an assembly
design configuration. Instructor: Dr. Bill Wessels, PE CRE Duration:
Design-for-reliability combines the
application of the advancing body of knowledge for mission reliability
with the current body of knowledge for material and part design
analysis. Reliability analysis at the material or part design level
provides methods that must be employed by engineers performing
design analysis, design art and part selection (bill of materials) in a
specific discipline [mechanical, structural, aerospace, electrical or
chemical. Key concepts are: Interference theory to characterize
reliability math models, design of experiments, reliability failure
analysis and reliability math modeling and simulation
RMSP205: Applied System Engineering.
principles of Systems Engineering will be presented. Systems
Engineering consists of a multidisciplinary approach employing the
coordination of teams, processes and tools to effectively and
efficiently manage an enterprise and its contractors throughout the
system’s life cycle. As projects have become increasingly complex,
the need for well-prepared Systems Engineering leaders has become
a key component for managing Systems Engineering projects.
Methods for designing effective engineering systems throughout a
system’s life cycle will be described using DoD and commercial
RMSP206: Risk Management and Decision Making.
will examine the concepts, techniques and tools for managing risk and
making decision as key components of the systems engineering
process. Differences between mission critical and non-mission critical
programmatic risk will be emphasized. Other topics include the limits
of expected value-based risk analysis, decision making strategies
such a max/min, min/max and regrets. Formal methods in risk
analysis, elementary decision analysis and decision trees, multi-
objective decision making, pareto techniques, optimality, and trade-off
analysis will be covered. Risk and decision techniques will be
contrasted with the interfacing processes of program management
and software engineering, from both the government (DOD) and
industrial perspectives. Case studies will be used throughout the
course to demonstrate actual implementation of concept and
RMSP207: System Safety: Principles and Best Practices.
course will help the student to implement system safety principles
proactively and efficiently. This combination of lectures and workshops
is intended for beginning-level engineers and intermediate level
practitioners in design and safety. Technical managers in all
engineering fields will find it a good overview of system safety
TRACK 3 - Designing the Support Environment
RMSP301: Product Support Integration in a Performance Based
This course integrates principles and practices of Performance Based
Logistics (PBL) in the context of planning responsibilities of the
Product Support Integrator (PSI). It highlights key PBL concepts and
the motivation for government and industry to improve sustainment
strategies for defense weapon systems. This course summarizes
Department of Defense directives and guidance concerning PBL
implementation and describes examples from new systems and
legacy sub-systems. The course includes techniques for meeting
requirements for scheduling, prioritization, analysis, and forecasting.
RMSP302: Understanding and Performing Level of Repair
Analysis (LORA) on Complex Systems.
Level of Repair Analysis
(LORA) is an analytical methodology used to determine where an item
will be replaced, repaired, or discarded based on cost considerations
and operational readiness requirements. For a complex engineering
system containing thousands of assemblies, sub-assemblies and
components (organized into several levels of indenture and with a
number of possible repair decisions), LORA seeks to determine an
optimal provision of repair and maintenance facilities to minimize
overall life-cycle costs. Logistics personnel examine not only the cost
of the part to be replaced or repaired but all of the elements required
to make sure the job is done correctly. This includes the handling,
storage, transportation, skill level of personnel, tools required to
perform the task, test equipment required to test the repaired product,
and the facilities required to house the entire operation. This course
will cover the basics of performing a LORA and will serve as an
introduction to advanced LORA topics.
RMSP303: Design Interface / Maintenance Planning and Level of Repair Analysis (LORA) –
The objective of performing a LORA is to determine where an item will be replaced,
repaired, or discarded based on cost considerations and operational readiness requirements. A
LORA is also used to assess and influence the supportability of the design early in development.
Executing the LORA process throughout the life cycle can ensure system design and
maintenance planning achieve an effective support solution. Within this context, this course will examine in detail system architecting, systems
engineering and design engineering processes that integrate the requirements for system
design leading to a cost efficient sustainable maintenance solution. This course will cover the
basics of performing a LORA and will serve as an introduction to advanced LORA topics. Student will be able to conduct the LORA process with an understanding of how it is used to
determine the optimum cost of repair of an end item/equipment by taking into consideration
all associated support cost drivers (e.g., manpower, support equipment, training,
transportation, etc.) that would be required at each line of maintenance. Students will learn
and understand how to conduct LORA using COMPASS 7.
RMSP304: Logistics Support Analysis Reports.
The LSAR is a
Logistics Engineering tool and is populated with various logistical and
RAM data. The logistical data will include all of the data associated
with both corrective and preventative maintenance tasks. The items
required to support each maintenance task will also be identified. This
would normally include skills, technical data, spare parts, tools and
support equipment (standard and special), and facilities. Logistics
Support Analysis Reports (LSAR), as prescribed by MIL-STD-
1388/2B, are the foundation for designing systems for sustainment
and identifying the sustainment functions and necessary resources to
support the system. The Logistics Support Analysis Records record
and maintain results of system engineering and logistics analysis and
provide LSA Reports to be used in managing delivery of the system.
These are maintained within the Product Life-cycle Management
System (PLCS) through the sustainment activities supporting the
system in the operation. The LSA Record is a relational database and
if developed and maintained correctly, it can provide a powerful
database and tool to the sustainment stakeholder. Upon fielding the
sustainment of the PLCS includes maintaining certain parts of the LSA
record for comparing specified performance with actual and facilitating
performance improvement and responses to diminishing sources of
RMSP305: Reliability-Centered Maintenance.
maintenance, RCM, includes the application of the advancing body of
knowledge for mission reliability, maintainability and availability to
achieve life-cycle sustainability by making the transition from restoring
system functionality through unscheduled repair maintenance
(corrective maintenance) to preserving system functionality through
scheduled maintenance (preventive maintenance). The
implementation of RCM is achieved by following one of three paths:
condition-based maintenance (CBM), time-directed maintenance
(TDM), and stress-directed maintenance (SDM). Determination of the
appropriate path is achieved by reliability failure analysis. Key
concepts include: understanding the economic and safety benefits of
RCM, the three paths of RCM and the method to determine the
applicable path, and understanding the how the organization’s risk of
failure enables determination of an cost optimum policy for part
RMSP306: Performance-Based Logistics (PBL).
PBL is a package
of sustainment interfaces and system effects that will provide a level of
significant system capability, reliably predicted for a set of operational
tasks at a commitment of support funds to the yield budget and to
deliver that capability with continuous support and system capability
through its planned life. This course provides a dynamic, real-time
learning environment oriented toward developing a range of life cycle
logistics and product support competencies. It challenges participants
to review what they think about traditional contracting policies and
practices versus the new requirements. Instructor: Edward Herger
Duration: 3 days
RMSP307: Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material
The purpose of this course is to understand
and mitigate the loss of, or impending loss of, the last known supplier
of an item or raw material. This course includes an overview of
DMSMS acquisition policy and application of a proactive program for
equipment and systems. DMSMS cases may occur at any phase in
the acquisition cycle, from design and development through post-
production, and have the potential to severely impact weapon system
supportability and life cycle costs. This course will include mitigation
methodologies for the life cycle of equipment and systems.
RMSP308: ERP / Impact to ILS Applications.
This course educates
attendees with regard to the impact of Navy ERP on Integrated
Logistics and associated systems. Students will gain an in-depth
understanding of the benefits and impacts of Navy ERP on NAVSEA
Integrated Logistics and associated systems.
RMSP309: Fundamentals of Logistics.
This course will introduce
you to current DoD and commercial logistical best practices and
initiatives and to the impact on remaining competitive in the global
environment. The current logistics infrastructure was designed
primarily to support operations in a cold war environment
characterized by a cumbersome distribution, warehouse and
transportation system. Both military and commercial logistics
concepts and objectives will be examined relative to managing the
flow of materiel, products and support to include activities such as
supply chain management, transportation and warehousing.
RMSP310: Assurance Technologies: Designing for Excellence.
Engineers and managers tend to work in silos with very little effort
spent on system integration. The systems are bound to fail if the team
does not appreciate that a system is more than the sum of its parts.
The entire team has to understand the integration among reliability,
maintainability, system safety, logistics engineering, software
trustworthiness, human factors, performance,, and quality
engineering. This seminar covers all these areas in detail, as well as,
an interactive workshop.
RMSP311: Hardware & Software Integration.
Few engineers can remain purely hardware or software designers.
Today’s systems – from chip and boards to PCs and networks –
require at least a working knowledge of both worlds. This course
presents trends and techniques to equip engineers with a larger
“systems” view of electronics. Students will gain understanding of the
many hardware-software, analog-digital, chip-package-board trade-
offs that go into today’s commercial and industrial electronics: how
software looks to a hardware design and vice versa; system-level
trade-off modeling and techniques; understand how the move to multi-
core and multi-processor systems is affecting hardware, software and
system designers; and understand how Intellectual Property (IP) is
changing the way hardware, software and the interfaces are designed.
RMSP312: Demystifying - CyberSecurity to Solving Software
Reliability Problems in Systems Engineering.
This course prepares
project personnel and senior managers with the knowledge and
skillset to understand, assess and take a proactive posture in cyber
security in managing risks associated with software reliability within
System Engineering. Building on Cyber Security principles, senior
managers will be able to better manage development programs by
identifying, monitoring, prioritizing, controlling, and mitigating
cybersecurity risks within the Software Development Life Cycle
RMSP313: Cyber Security Exposed.
This course educates users
with the CyberSecurity knowledge and skill set to survive malicious
attacks that continue to increase in COMPLEXITY, FREQUENCY and
SEVERITY. Students understand what CyberSecurity is all about: to
manage assets, and deploy security measures to pre-empt, prevent,
and proactively control risks by identifying, monitoring, prioritizing,
controlling, and mitigating them. Controlling these threats requires
multiple security disciplines working together in context. While no
single solution will solve the problem of such threats, next-generation
security tools provides the unique monitoring, management,
configuration, control, and the integration needed to find and stop
these threats — both known and unknown. This course will show
what these tools are all about.
TRACK 4 - Managing & Cost Management for RMS
RMSP401: Reliability, Maintainability, and Availability (RM&A).
RM&A provides an overview of acquisition policy and its application in
the design, development, and deployment of equipment and systems.
The goal is to understand and be able to use the concepts of life cycle
management, performance-based life-cycle sustainment, emphasizing
total ownership cost, materiel availability, reliability, and mean down
time. Instructor: Edward Herger Duration: 3 days
RMSP402: Managing Design for Reliability Requirements.
course will help the student to manage the design process which aims
at writing clear system specifications to ensure reliability of the total
system including the integration with maintainability, system safety,
human factors, and logistics. This program of instruction will include
intensive hands-on in-class exercises.
RMSP403: Managing Design for Reliability (DFR) Processes.
objectives of this workshop include:
- Defining reliability and when to apply reliability into the design effort;
- Translating failure data into basic reliability information;
- Explaining the various reliability distributions including the Weibull
- Describing how to make reliability better and the various methods of
You will benefit from this training by learning how to reduce product
warranty costs, improve customer satisfaction through detailed
requirements specifications, develop risk minimizing test plans as part
of the Product Development Process (PDP), and to provide accurate
budgets with decreased development cycle times meeting program
schedule goals and customer commitment dates.
RMSP404: Reliability for Systems of Systems.
This course will
introduce students to the current concepts of Systems of Systems as
they are being used in evolving DoD programs and the requirements
for implementing these concepts, as they are needed. The course will
explain key concepts associated with the relationships between a
Family of Systems and a System of Systems and help the student to
understand the motivations linked to a suggested Federated System
of Systems environment. This course will facilitate discussion of the
requirements for developing DoD Architecture Framework (DODAF)
products that account for more than the material solution, as well as
System of Systems solutions which consider the user and stakeholder
in addition to the policies and procedures.
RMSP405: Principles of Product Lifecycle Costing.
prepare attendees to succeed in establishing, maintaining and
defending Product Support Lifecycle Cost (LCC) estimates to better
manage the acquisition and sustainment of systems. Provide
knowledge and skills in the uses of LCC cost estimates, the several
estimating methods, and how LCC estimates are applied to Product
Support management through the life cycle of the system.
RMSP406: Product Support & Life Cycle Costing.
This course will
advance student understanding and capabilities in the area of doing
cost analysis/estimating for the product support during the life cycle of
any new DoD systems. It emphasizes DoD policies and practices
regarding the relations between product support and life cycle costing.
The information gained from this course will translate immediately into
knowledge useful to the duties and responsibilities of DoD employees.
RMSP407: System Life-Cycle Best Cost from Reliability Analysis.
This course provides instruction on methods to characterize the
expected life-cycle costs for system sustainment through reliability
RMSP408: Reduce Product Total Ownership Costs (TOC) while
Improving Customer Satisfaction.
In fiscally constrained times,
every product team feels the pressure for reducing costs. The
requirements seem to increase while the funding decreases. How
does a team ensure their product is still effective (in the eyes of the
customer) while experiencing challenging budget cuts? This new
course offering is unique in that it is designed for teams to answer this
question specifically for their program, project or product. The course
provides teams a distinct opportunity to work together on how to meet
their fiscal challenges and improve their product lines, strategies and
plans. Attendees are expected to blend and apply many of the
concepts from other RMS Partnership and DAU courses. The course
is conducted in a workshop style format, designed for selected
members of the same product team to attend together. The team is
expected to identify potential ways to improve the overall program and
include roughly estimated cost impacts. The team will prepare and
deliver a briefing, describing the team’s recommendations and
proposed plan of action, to be presented to the Program, Product or
Suggested course size is no more than 12 persons with knowledge of
various aspects of the program being managed. Participants should
be managers with the authority to recommend or implement changes
to current strategies, plans and product design features. Pre-work is
required to provide the group and instructor/facilitator basic
information about the program, project or product to be improved.
Program, Project or Product Manager’s and their staff members who
are interested in participating should identify a coordinator for the
group. NOTE: Coordinators are asked to contact the instructor no later
than 60 days prior to the course to ensure pre-work is completed prior
to the course start date.
RMSP409: Systems Engineering Management.
provides comprehensive knowledge and real-world case studies in the
critical domains of project management (for cost and schedule) and
system engineering management (for technical evaluation and
implementation). Students will gain detailed knowledge in
management techniques applicable to activities within Systems
Engineering, including evaluating new technologies and integrating
with legacy systems, technical performance measures (TPM), the
middle-out approach to process tailoring, SEMP/SEWP planning,
effect of software engineering, maturity assessment models like
CMMI, conducting technical reviews and audits, and more. Several
case studies from a wide range of projects will be presented to
illustrate key concepts and management techniques with the goal of
demonstrating how projects can succeed with the proper
implementation of systems engineering management.
RMSP410: Business Case Analysis for Logistics
This course introduces logisticians and engineers to the principles of making cost effective selections from alternatives. It will show how to project the likely financial results and other business consequences of an action. It shows the cash flow consequences, over time, and – most important – includes the methods and rationale used for quantifying benefits and costs. You will be able to apply the principles of cost estimating to the technical aspects of acquisition logistics and thereby be able to develop thorough cost effectiveness information for the purpose of making sound selection decisions from among possible candidate solutions.
TRACK 5 - Contracting and Contact Management
RMSP501: Introduction to Fundamental Legal Issues Facing the
The purpose of this class is to provide a
survey understanding of the legal environment for engineering
professionals. The course will focus on the common law (case law)
but will incorporate federal acquisition regulations to the extent that it
is necessary to assist the students in understanding key differences.
There will also be an introduction to ethics and the ethical
responsibilities of professional engineers. Students will be able to
identify common legal issues facing the legal professional, including
legal issues related to contracts, intellectual property, liability, and the
U.S. legal system.
RMSP502: Introduction to Public Contracts Management.
course is designed to promote more effective management of
engineering contracts and to increase the awareness of issues of
contract requirements for non-technical managers within technical
organizations. Analysis of the contracting process (including initial
budget preparation and justification, execution of a contract, and
administration of the contract to completion). Due to the nature of the
subject matter, related legal issues will also be discussed. Students
will acquire a working familiarity with the contracting process,
techniques for source selection, and contract administration.
RMSP503: Introduction to Private Contract Management.
course is designed to promote more effective management
of private engineering contracts and to increase the awareness of
issues of contract requirements for non-technical managers within
technical organizations. Due to the nature of the subject matter,
related legal issues will also be discussed. Students will gain a
working familiarity with the private contracting process, techniques
for contract negotiations, and contract
TRACK 6 - Standards/Handbooks
RMSPS1: MIL-HDBK-781A – Proposed Changes.
This is a totally
interactive course giving the students unprecedented access to what
they want a standard to be. Each can voice their concerns, share
their needs, and critique the document as is and the proposed
changes. A shouldn’t miss course – both for those doing reliability
estimates and those running (or overseeing) combined environment
RMSPS2: MIL-STD-810G Highlighting the Change Notice
More than ever, -810 tests center around the Life Cycle
Environmental Profile. This class interactively shows how to build and
use one, then describes the 29 test Methods. Changes in Change
Notice 1 will be highlighted, and these will not only make testing better
but in most cases easier to accomplish. Even seasoned users won’t
want to miss this one – it is the fastest way to truly understand what
the changes mean to you.