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A discussion of the problem of integrating the design and operation of the equipment of a system through a logistics support plan. The paper indicates communication problems that exist between those who must satisfy the user's requirements on the one hand and the designer's on the other and the need for research on both sides, i.e., industry's responsibility to better determine relationships between design technology and the user's need and the logistics manager's responsibility to investigate improved techniques of design review procedures and improved methods of locating and monitoring important decision points. 12 pp.

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