Accession Number : ADA319988

Title :   Managing Required of Government and Industry to Gain Affordability,

Corporate Author : MCDONNELL DOUGLAS ASTRONAUTICS CO HUNTINGTON BEACH CA

Personal Author(s) : Kehres, James R.

PDF Url : ADA319988

Report Date : SEP 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : The term affordability has become one of the latest buzz words to enter the vernacular of the defense community. It is the purpose of this paper to explore the roles of both government and industry in managing resources to realize the benefits of affordability. In keeping with the stated topic for this segment of the conference, Innovations Leading to Affordability," several ideas are examined to bring affordability to National Missile Defense (NMD) and Theater Missile Defense (TMD) systems. The government, including the military services, must make longer term commitments to weapon systems acquisitions and maintain consistency of the funding profile over the life of the programs. industry, with some innovations, has extensive opportunities to revise the industry/corporate culture to capitalize on potential costs reductions. Once the affordability roles for government/military services and their industry partners have been explored, attention is given to those contributions that industry can reasonably provide. The introduction of integrated product development (IPD) provides a vehicle for implementing a partnership among all participants when a contract has been awarded to enable the convergence on affordable weapon systems. It is essential that this partnership be forged and maintained to add practical meaning and significance to the term affordability.

Descriptors :   *COST EFFECTIVENESS, *LOW COSTS, *GUIDED MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, SYMPOSIA, INDUSTRIES, CORPORATIONS, ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, WEAPON SYSTEMS, REDUCTION, NATIONAL DEFENSE.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Defense Systems
      Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE