Accession Number : ADA190932

Title :   Defense Contractor's Cost Estimating Methods for State-of-the-Art Extensions.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Rieck, Dale C , Jr

PDF Url : ADA190932

Report Date : Dec 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 112

Abstract : The Navy's various weapons project officers routinely decide whether to use existing weapons technology or to extend into as yet undeveloped technology. For state-of-the-art (SOA) extension, initial estimates of developing cost frequently are inaccurate. This study first examines the background of methods utilized for SOA extension measurement. This study also reviews the cost estimating methods used by Litton Applied Technology, Inc. To estimate the development costs of the AN/ALR-67 Radar Warning Receiver, a specific SOA extension project. The principal findings are that regression analysis and geometric surface analysis are used to quantify SOA extensions, but only in theoretical applications. Litton Applied Technology uses the bottoms-up approach to estimates development costs. The future trends in defense cost estimating are also forecasted.

Descriptors :   *COST ESTIMATES, *CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION, *RADAR RECEIVERS, *WARNING SYSTEMS, COSTS, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, GEOMETRY, MEASUREMENT, METHODOLOGY, REGRESSION ANALYSIS, STATE OF THE ART, SURFACE ANALYSIS, THESES, WEAPONS, CASE STUDIES

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Administration and Management
      Active & Passive Radar Detection & Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE