Accession Number : ADA294174

Title :   Weapon System Jeopardy! The Answer is: "The C-17."

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

Corporate Author : INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Westgate, Barbara A.

PDF Url : ADA294174

Report Date : APR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 41

Abstract : This paper examines the requirements generation process and how requirements, once developed, can be perpetuated and remanifested across a myriad of weapon systems. Requirements and commitment to the weapon system program have great influence in the success or failure of the acquisition program. By probing the chronology of the C-17 program, insight into who had control of the program, who influenced requirements and the impact lack of commitment had on the C-17 program will be evident. These issues/challenges had to be resolved during all acquisition phases of the program. After reviewing C-17 programmatic events, five impediments to successful acquisition program completion were identified: competing values; complacency/short time horizon with a desire for instant gratification; uncertainty; dispersed decision-making; and, competing interests. The resultant impact on the C-17 and future acquisition program implications are summarized.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMS, *WEAPON SYSTEMS, *JET TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT, CONTROL, REQUIREMENTS, UNCERTAINTY, DISPERSING, DECISION MAKING, ACQUISITION.

Subject Categories : Transport Aircraft
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE