Accession Number : ADA306581

Title :   Integrated Product Development Implementation Guide.

Corporate Author : SPACE AND MISSILE SYSTEMS CENTER LOS ANGELES AFB CA

PDF Url : ADA306581

Report Date : MAR 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 33

Abstract : The genesis of the Integrated Product Development Concept traces back in time to the President's Blue Ribbon Commission (also -known as the Packard Commission)- on Defense Management. The Packard Commission concluded that many of our weapon systems cost too much, take too long to develop, and by the time they are fielded, incorporate obsolete technology. Similar problems plagued selected U.S. industries, most notably the automotive and electronic. These industries improved their "competitive position" by concurrently designing their products and related production and support processes. Prompted by the Packard Commission Report ("A Quest for Excellence", June 1986), the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition requested the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) to examine concurrent engineering practices. Encouraged by IDA's recommendations ("The Role of Concurrent Engineering in Weapon System Acquisition", December 1988), the Undersecretary provided interim acquisition guidance to the military services (March 1989) concerning concurrent engineering and its role in the acquisition process. The concept emphasized formation of multi-disciplined teams in support of product development. It was characterized by: (a) Focus on the customer's requirements (b) Quality is the result of improving a process (c) Process improvement is a never-ending responsibility.

Descriptors :   *CONCURRENT ENGINEERING, *DEFENSE PLANNING, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), ELECTRONICS, INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, INDUSTRIES, COMPETITION, ACQUISITION, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, MANAGEMENT, PRODUCTION, WEAPON SYSTEMS, COSTS, WEAPON SYSTEM EFFECTIVENESS, GUIDANCE, AUTOMOTIVE COMPONENTS, COST OVERRUNS, OBSOLESCENCE.

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

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