Accession Number : ADA311492

Title :   Acquisition Reform: Impact of Conversion to Performance and Commercial Specifications/Standards on the Chemical Stockpile Disposal Program.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Crisp, Sandra S.

PDF Url : ADA311492

Report Date : JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 142

Abstract : The Chemical Stockpile Disposal Program (CSDP) was established to plan and execute the safe destruction of the nation's stockpile of unitary chemical weapons. The CSDP is unique in that it is not a weapon system production program but, a weapon system destruction program with a mandated completion date of December 31, 2004. Execution of the program requires that multiple public issues be addressed including the public's concern regarding safety and the environment. Cost growth and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permit delays have jeopardized on time completion within life cycle cost estimates. Another relevant issue is reform of the acquisition process, specifically the DoD requirement to convert military-unique specifications and standards to performance statements or commercial equivalents. This research provides evidence that acquisition reform initiatives on specifications and standards has had a positive influence on program costs with no overall program schedule delays. Continued efforts in this area should enhance the ability to demilitarize the nation's deteriorating stockpile of lethal chemical weapons within projected cost while maintaining or improving the quality and safety levels currently set by the EPA. The specific recommendations provided herein are intended to assist in improving program effectiveness and efficiency.

Descriptors :   *CONVERSION, *ACQUISITION, *SPECIFICATIONS, *PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), *STANDARDS, *CHEMICAL ORDNANCE, *DISPOSAL, *STOCKPILES, *CHEMICAL WARFARE AGENTS, COMMERCE, PRODUCTION, IMPACT, WEAPON SYSTEMS, CHEMICALS, GROWTH(GENERAL), DESTRUCTION, COST ESTIMATES, THESES, COSTS, SCHEDULING, SAFETY, DELAY, LIFE CYCLE COSTS, LETHAL AGENTS.

Subject Categories : Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
      Government and Political Science
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE