Accession Number : AD0681518

Title :   IMPROVING THE ACQUISITION PROCESS FOR HIGH RISK ELECTRONICS SYSTEMS,

Corporate Author : PRINCETON UNIV N J

Personal Author(s) : Stubbing,Richard A.

Report Date : 03 MAY 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 45

Abstract : A sample of 13 major Air Force/Navy aircraft and missile programs with sophisticated electronic systems initiated since 1955 at a total cost of $40 billion, reveals that less than 40% of the effort produced systems with acceptable electronic performance -- an uninspiring record that loses further lustre when cost overruns and schedule delays are also evaluated. What course of action can be offered to improve electronic system performance in future new weapon systems. In an attempt to answer this question, this paper analyzes the characteristics and results of recent large scale electronic systems developed for missile and aircraft programs. Actual program histories are documented, alternative procedures involving non-competitive and competitive situations are compared, and specific proposals involving greater use of competitive contractor developments are advanced for all future complex electronics systems. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, *MILITARY PROCUREMENT), (*RELIABILITY(ELECTRONICS), MILITARY PROCUREMENT), FAILURE(ELECTRONICS), COSTS, TIME, INDUSTRIES, CONTRACTS, AIRBORNE, AIRCRAFT EQUIPMENT

Subject Categories : Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE