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Defining Sustainment

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Peter Sandborn

Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering, A. James Clark College of Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

William Lucyshyn

Center for Logistics Collaboration, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4041424 History: Received April 15, 2018; Revised September 03, 2018


Sustainment and sustainability are concepts that have pervaded recent engineering culture. Although the popular media often associates sustainability with environmental and socio-ecological constructs, it is a widely used and understood concept with application to many technology, system and business areas that extends beyond a socio-ecological context. This paper discusses the usage of the term sustainment, proposes a general definition of sustainment that conflates ecological, social, political, economic and technological interests, and provides recommendations that address the needs articulated in the paper.

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Topics: Sustainability
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