Accession Number : ADA294085

Title :   Buying the C-17: A Case Study.

Descriptive Note : Research rept. Aug 94-Apr 95,

Corporate Author : INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Saxer, Robert K.

PDF Url : ADA294085

Report Date : APR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 85

Abstract : On April 29, 1993, Secretary of Defense Les Aspin fired three Air Force general officers and one senior civilian for mismanagement of the C- 17 cargo aircraft program in 1990. The basis of his decision was a Department of Defense Inspector General Report which alleged management improprieties and criminal wrong doing. Although an Air Force legal review found the 10 charges to be without merit and not supported in fact, Mr Aspin rejected those findings. This case examines the issues and environment surrounding those decisions and explores the politics behind them. It also highlights the history of the C-17, the roles a changing world order and senior OSD policy makers played in its dramatic struggle for survival, and the challenges military program officials faced during the fall of 1990 as they struggled to balance the overwhelming political, economic, and operational constraints driving the design, development and fielding of the nation's newest strategic airlifter.

Descriptors :   *MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, *CASE STUDIES, *MILITARY PROCUREMENT, *TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT, *AIRLIFT OPERATIONS, AIR FORCE, GLOBAL, POLITICAL SCIENCE, DECISION MAKING, SURVIVAL(GENERAL), DEFICIENCIES, HISTORY, LAW ENFORCEMENT.

Subject Categories : Transport Aircraft
      Administration and Management
      Government and Political Science
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE