Accession Number : ADA336360

Title :   Top Level Space Cost Methodology (TLSCM)

Descriptive Note : Final rept

Corporate Author : OFFICE OF AEROSPACE STUDIES KIRTLAND AFB NM

Personal Author(s) : Scarborough, Truett L.

PDF Url : ADA336360

Report Date : 02 DEC 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 55

Abstract : A compilation of Life Cycle Cost (LCC) methodologies and techniques that will lead an inexperienced 'coster' (one who estimates cost) step by step to devise a Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) LCC estimate. The inexperienced coster is shown where and how to begin. The space arena was chosen to illustrate the methodologies by estimating theoretical examples. The LCC estimates presented illustrate space systems, but the same methodologies can be used with conventional ground or airborne systems. The examples portray only a top-level, back-of-the-envelope, quick-turn around LCC estimate that can be used by 'top level' decision makers. Since the objective of the 'top level' cost estimates takes CAIV into account, this document will be helpful prior to Milestone 0 and Milestone I in the system acquisition life cycle. The examples only go to work breakdown structure level 2. References are given and the coster is shown how to document and report LCC IAW DOD 5000.4M. Also, readers are warned about some common costing traps that can easily occur. An inflation tutorial instructs how to convert the cost of one fiscal year to another. The document has limited potential for a seasoned, well experienced coster.

Descriptors :   *COST ESTIMATES, *LIFE CYCLE COSTS, GROUND LEVEL, DECISION MAKING, ACQUISITION, SPACE SYSTEMS, AIRBORNE, LIFE CYCLES.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE