Accession Number : ADA296130

Title :   A Study of the Relationship Between Initial Production Test Articles Used in a System Development Program and the Success of that Program.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : DEFENSE SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT SCHOOL FORT BELVOIR VA

Personal Author(s) : Reig, Raymond W. ; Gailey, Charles K., III. ; Weber, Wayd ; George, Lisa R.

PDF Url : ADA296130

Report Date : MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 49

Abstract : This research effort has as its principal objective, the collection of data to determine if there is a relationship between the number of Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) test articles used and the managerial success of that program within the EMD phase of a major system acquisition. Managerial success is largely measured in terms of a low schedule overrun during EMD. The research approach taken also gathered other acquisition related data discussed herein. This allowed comment on the current track record of DoD cost and schedule overruns during EMD, and some interesting data on six other variables that could affect program success. The conclusion is that there is a positive correlation between the number of test articles and program success. However, these conclusions may have been impacted by the nuances of the DoD Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) process and the basic design of this study. (AN)

Descriptors :   *PRODUCTION ENGINEERING, *SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION, DATA BASES, ACCEPTANCE TESTS, REQUIREMENTS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, MANUFACTURING, WEAPON SYSTEMS, DATA ACQUISITION, MILITARY PROCUREMENT, PLANNING PROGRAMMING BUDGETING, COST OVERRUNS.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys
      Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE