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The physical life cycle of materiel has three distinct phases:

  1. acquisition;
  2. operation and use; and
  3. disposal.

To this, a fourth phase, planning and monitoring, is added, representing a continuous process wherein the information outputs from each phase are used as inputs to planning. Planning and monitoring processes thus apply during all other phases in the materiel management life cycle. In addition, the management control process provides the foundation on which the life cycle phases of materiel are built.

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