Accession Number : AD0725478

Title :   Cost Growth and Productivity in European Aerospace Development Programs,

Corporate Author : INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ARLINGTON VA

Personal Author(s) : Piekarz,Rolf ; McIntosh,Susan

Report Date : DEC 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 73

Abstract : The paper reports on an exploratory study to obtain tentative estimates about two aspects of European aerospace systems development costs in comparison to the U.S. experience: the percentage cost growth occurring during the program, and the absolute costs in dollar terms of foreign projects relative to costs of comparable U.S. projects. Eight major European commercial and military aerospace programs were investigated during the 1962-1969 period, and the cost outcomes of these programs were compared to the overall U.S. experience. The tentative findings suggest that proposals to adopt foreign organization, such as nationalization, to improve U.S. military technology development performance are unlikely to solve U.S. difficulties, and that applying U.S. cost models to evaluate foreign military RDT and E efforts is not recommended for estimating the outputs and size of foreign programs.

Descriptors :   (*AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY, EUROPE), (*SPACE FLIGHT, RESEARCH MANAGEMENT), (*RESEARCH MANAGEMENT, COSTS), CORRELATION TECHNIQUES, FEASIBILITY STUDIES, MILITARY ENGINEERING, SUPERSONIC AIRCRAFT, TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT, LAUNCH VEHICLES, MATHEMATICAL PREDICTION

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE