What type of item can become obsolete?
A: In the experience of the U.S. Department of Defense,
most obsolescence occurs with electronics, primarily microcircuits.
Because of today’s accelerating technological changes, even the newest system
is not exempt from obsolescence. For instance, the first production model of the
F-22 cannot be delivered until its DMSMS issues are resolved.
DMSMS problems affect all weapons systems and materials categories. Obsolescence
may not be confined to piece parts. An entire weapons system can be affected.
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