Accession Number : ADA325567

Title :   The Tri-Band Satellite Terminal: A Case Study in Accelerated Acquisition and Program Management of Army Communications Systems.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Housewright, Richard W.

PDF Url : ADA325567

Report Date : DEC 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 111

Abstract : The Super High Frequency Tri-band Tactical Satellite Terminal(AN/TSC-143) is a multichannel tactical satellite communications terminal that allows information to flow between major headquarters within the operational theater and the continental United States. The AN/TSC-143 program used an accelerated acquisition strategy which implemented the concepts of teaming, tailoring, concurrency, and Electronic Bulletin Board (EBB) to accelerate the process. The program successfully reduced the Procurement Administrative Lead Time (PALT) to 72 days, but many other challenges had to be managed during the procurement of this communications system. This case study examines the acquisition environment surrounding this procurement. The case study illustrates the differences between the typical acquisition environment and the communications systems acquisition environment. It also provides valuable insight into developing an acquisition strategy for similar programs.

Descriptors :   *CASE STUDIES, *SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS, *COMMUNICATION SATELLITE TERMINALS, *TACTICAL COMMUNICATIONS, *ARMY PROCUREMENT, *MULTICHANNEL COMMUNICATIONS, *SUPERHIGH FREQUENCY, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, UNITED STATES, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, STRATEGY, ACQUISITION, INFORMATION EXCHANGE, INFORMATION SYSTEMS, COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT, ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, ARMY EQUIPMENT, ACCELERATED TESTING, LEAD TIME.

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Radiofrequency Wave Propagation
      Unmanned Spacecraft
      Radio Communications

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE