Life Cycle Logistics (LCL) is defined as the planning, development, implementation, and management of a
comprehensive, affordable, and effective systems support strategy that encompasses the entire system’s life cycle: acquisition (design, develop, test, produce and deploy), sustainment (operations and support), and disposal.
Life Cycle logisticians pursue two primary objectives: to see that weapon systems are designed, maintained, and modified to reduce the demand for logistics and to ensure effective and efficient product support. To successfully complete these objectives, they must have the right balance of training and experience. This is achieved, in part, through the LCL acquisition certification process: