Life cycle costing is the systematic, analytical process of determining and listing the total cost of developing, producing, owning, operating, supporting, and disposing of material or weapons systems. This process must begin early as possible (preferably in the concept of formulation and validation phase) since the opportunity to minimize the cost of ownership diminishes rapidly as the design and development of a weapons system proceeds through the acquisition cycle.
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1. The Marine Corps Life Cycle Cost Model for Defense Material Systems is the fifth in a series of engineering cost models developed in response to a Marine Corps requirement for a life cycle cost model which can be used in joint Service acquisition programs to insure that each Service's life cycle costs be considered. The current model described by this handbook reflects continuing participating by analysts from all Services and industry to develop a model which is equally appropriate and convenient for all analysts and decision makers who most prepare or use life cycle cost estimators.
2. The Model's basic cost element structure is derived from MIL-STD-881, OSD Cost Analysis Improvement Group (CAIG) OED Cost Development Guide, the Array 11 series pamphlets on life cycle cost, and the Tri-Tac Cost Effectiveness Program Plan. The model addresses all seven major types of Defence material systems: surface vehicle, electronic, aircraft, ship, missile, ordinance and space.