Accession Number : ADA190933

Title :   Warranties in Weapon System Procurement: An Analysis of Practice and Theory.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Kuenne, Robert E ; Richanbach, Paul H ; Riddell, Frederick R ; Kaganoff, Rachel

PDF Url : ADA190933

Report Date : Apr 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 229

Abstract : Congressional legislation requires that all major weapon systems contracts signed after January 1, 1985, contain three types of written warranties: design-manufacture, materials-workmanship, and essential performance requirements. This study reviews the specifics of the law, its legislative history, and Congressional intent revealed in relevant hearings. Through analysis of recent weapon system contracts from all the Services, supplemented by field interviews with contracting personnel, the study ascertains the changes in contractual warranty provisions effected by the mandate. Research is then directed more deeply into the functions of weapon systems warranties and their economic appropriateness in a Department of Defense context.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY PROCUREMENT, *LEGISLATION, *CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION, WEAPON SYSTEMS, RELIABILITY, VULNERABILITY, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), GUARANTEES, MAINTAINABILITY

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE