Accession Number : AD0763624

Title :   'Design to Cost' Buzz-Word or Viable Concept.

Corporate Author : INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ARLINGTON VA COST ANALYSIS GROUP

Personal Author(s) : McCullough,James D.

Report Date : JUL 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 45

Abstract : 'Design to Cost' is a phrase increasingly used in the DoD management literature. Accompanying the increased use has been a proliferation of interpretations of the phrase. This paper notes three of the interpretations currently in use: a buzz-word which is meant to attract attention to the cost problem, a concept of financial control whereby the Defense Systems Acquisition Review Council establishes a target cost or 'bogey' reflecting the latest estimate for systems during their validation and development phases, and the concept implied by DoD Directive 5000.1 whereby cost is an important parameter during trade-off studies of a system in its design phase. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   (*GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT, COST EFFECTIVENESS), (*DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, *CONTRACTS), MUNITIONS INDUSTRY, AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY, ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY, ECONOMICS, MILITARY BUDGETS, RESEARCH MANAGEMENT, LOGISTICS

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE