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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
sandborn@umd.edu

William Lucyshyn

Center for Logistics Collaboration, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
lucyshyn@umd.edu

1Corresponding author.

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

Abstract

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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