Accession Number : ADP000660

Title :   Small Caliber Ammunition Modernization Program Evaluation and Review (SCAMPER): A Contrast in Techniques,


Personal Author(s) : Westerman,Dean P.

Report Date : 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : Economic analysis, in Government circles, tends to dwell upon the savings realized by choosing one alternative over the other and cost analysis deals simply with only the cost of each alternative. Frequently, both cost and analysis and economic analysis are employed for decision making purposes. However, there is a danger. Neither form of analysis considers realistically, if at all, the benefits/effectiveness or the risks of each alternative under consideration. Consequently, the view one receives of the possible choices might well be distorted. This paper deals with this final point. The results of a decision risk analysis are contrasted with those achieved by other techniques. The vehicle for this comparison is a recently completed study by the Army Materiel Systems Analysis Agency of the Small Caliber Ammunition Modernization Program. SCAMP, as the modernization program is popularly called, envisions a fully automated, computer served production line or module that receives raw materials and has, as output, a packaged round of ammunition. This is contrasted to the current process which is characterized by a labor intensive operation utilizing machinery dating back to the early 1940's and a technology dating at least to the early part of this century.

Descriptors :   *Operations research, *Small arms ammunition, *Manufacturing, *Decision making, *Risk, Symposia, Army research, Army operations, Army equipment, Industrial production, Methodology, Computer aided design, Machines, Contrast, Systems analysis, Modular construction, Economic analysis, Cost analysis, Operational effectiveness, Munitions industry

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