DAOD 3005-0, Materiel Sustainment

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Definitions
  3. Policy Direction
  4. Consequences
  5. Authorities
  6. References

1. Introduction

Date of Issue: 2019-05-27

Application: This DAOD is a directive that applies to employees of the Department of National Defence (DND employees) and an order that applies to officers and non-commissioned members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF members).

Approval Authority: Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel) (ADM(Mat))

Enquiries: Director Materiel Policy and Procedures (DMPP)

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2. Definitions

materiel (matériels)

All public property, other than real property, immovables and money, provided for the Canadian Forces or for any other purpose under the National Defence Act, and includes any vessel, vehicle, aircraft, animal, missile, arms, ammunition, clothing, stores, provisions or equipment so provided. (Subsection 2(1) of the National Defence Act)

materiel sustainment (soutien du matériel)

Coordinated activities required to support materiel throughout its service life. (Defence Terminology Bank record number 694822)

sustainment business case analysis (analyse de rentabilisation du soutien)

A standardized methodology that guides sustainment teams to develop a flexible, scalable, and principles-based solution for materiel sustainment. (Defence Terminology Bank record number 694823)

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3. Policy Direction


3.1 Materiel sustainment:

  1. represents a significant investment for the Government of Canada;
  2. is an enabler of CAF operational readiness and the most significant part of overall materiel costs; and
  3. is complex and presents opportunities for efficiencies and continuous improvement.

3.2 The examination of best practices to deliver materiel sustainment has led to a collaborative interdepartmental standardized methodology to develop tailored sustainment solutions. Through joint efforts to optimize materiel sustainment, the interdepartmental aspect of developing sustainment solutions is executed by:

3.3 ADM(Mat) applies the sustainment business case analysis (SBCA) process in the acquisition of new materiel with a sustainment component, and the sustainment of existing materiel.

Policy Statement

3.4 The DND and the CAF are committed to giving equal consideration when applying the following four sustainment principles, and to understanding the consequences of deliberate trade-offs between them, when using the SBCA process to develop a solution for materiel sustainment:

  1. performance ensures materiel that is operationally ready and mission capable;
  2. value for money ensures the required outcomes are procured at a price commensurate with the market rate for comparable procurements;
  3. flexibility allows an adaptable and scalable support system that can readily be adjusted to changes in operational requirements or operating budgets; and
  4. economic benefits leverage industrial benefits from defence procurements to create jobs and economic growth for companies in Canada.


3.5 The DND and the CAF must:

  1. devise and implement tailored solutions for materiel sustainment within the framework of the DAOD 3000-0, Materiel Acquisition and Support;
  2. use the SBCA process when the applicability criteria prescribed in the SCBA Manual are met;
  3. work collaboratively with PSPC, ISED and industry to ensure early and continuous engagement throughout the SBCA process;
  4. seek applicable governance approvals for the sustainment and procurement strategies derived from the SBCA process; and
  5. enter accurate materiel support data into the relevant management systems and preserve any other information necessary to support informed decision-making related to materiel sustainment.

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4. Consequences


4.1 Should clarification of the policy statement, requirements or authorities set out in this DAOD be required, DND employees and CAF members may seek direction through their channel of communication or chain of command, as appropriate. The anticipated results set out in the policy statement may not be achieved by the DND and the CAF if the requirements specified in this DAOD are not properly implemented. Not achieving the anticipated results could affect the ability of the DND and the CAF to ensure that the CAF is prepared to undertake missions for the protection of Canada and Canadians and the maintenance of international peace and stability.

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5. Authorities

Authority Table

5.1 The following table identifies the authorities associated with this DAOD:

The... has or have the authority to...


  • issue materiel sustainment policies, instructions, directives and guidance.

level one advisors with materiel responsibility

  • issue instructions and directives to:
    • determine operational requirements relevant to materiel sustainment;
    • determine materiel estimated life expectancy; and
    • endorse the materiel sustainment strategy.


  • issue materiel sustainment policies, instructions, directives and guidance, other than DAODs; and
  • develop and deliver SBCA training.

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6. References

Acts, Regulations, Central Agency Policies and Policy DAOD

Other References

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