Accession Number : AD0769807

Title :   The A-7 Attack Aircraft: Contract History Emphasizing the Navy Business Clearance Process.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Gates,Christopher Gleason

Report Date : SEP 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 76

Abstract : Beginning with intense competition for the first A-7, the Navy by necessity entered sole source negotiations for later procurements of the A-7. The operational need of these A-7's drove the Navy to letter contracts while increasing sophisticiation of the avionics and changing military requirements complicated the definitization of these contracts. To better understand these problems and the Navy business clearance process, a history of the Navy Procurement Control and Clearance Division is presented in Section II. Sections I and III present A-7 contracts in case study format for the A-7A, A-7B, A-7D, A-7E. Section IV is a case study of the A-7E VAST contract. The procurement of a military aircraft is a complex process. The project manager and the contracting officer must constantly strive to make the technology advances and requirement changes compatible with sound business practices. The study of the A-7 contracts illustrates many of the inevitable conflicts that arise in this process. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*Contracts, *Management planning and control), (*Attack aircraft, *Naval procurement), Avionics, Aircraft industry, Research management, Planning, Procurement, Budgets, Military requirements, Theses

Subject Categories : Attack and Fighter Aircraft
      Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE