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The defense system cost performance database : cost growth analysis using selected acquisition reports

Author: Jeanne M JarvaiseJeffrey A DreznerD NortonUnited States. Department of Defense. Office of the Secretary of Defense.National Defense Research Institute (U.S.)All authors
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The difference between estimated and actual costs--cost growth--in weapon system development has been a recurring problem. To facilitate long-term, comprehensive, and consistent analysis of weapon system cost growth, RAND has developed the Defense Systems Cost Performance Database (DSCPD). This database includes cost growth data derived from information in Selected Acquisition Reports, as well as a range of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Databases
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeanne M Jarvaise; Jeffrey A Drezner; D Norton; United States. Department of Defense. Office of the Secretary of Defense.; National Defense Research Institute (U.S.); Rand Corporation.
ISBN: 0833023446 9780833023445
OCLC Number: 34076716
Notes: "National Defense Research Institute."
"Prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense."
At head of title: Rand.
"MR-625-OSD"--Page 4 of cover.
Description: xvii, 51 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm + 1 computer disc (3 1/2 in.)
Details: System requirements for accompanying computer disk: DOS system.
Responsibility: J.M. Jarvaise, J.A. Drezner, D. Norton.

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The difference between estimated and actual costs--cost growth--in weapon system development has been a recurring problem. To facilitate long-term, comprehensive, and consistent analysis of weapon system cost growth, RAND has developed the Defense Systems Cost Performance Database (DSCPD). This database includes cost growth data derived from information in Selected Acquisition Reports, as well as a range of potential explanatory variables, including cost, schedule, and categorical information. This report documents the contents of the DSCPD; the authors discuss data sources, database structure, adjustments and normalization procedures used in the database, and caveats and limitations on its use. It is hoped that extensive use of the database by both governmental and nongovernmental analysts will improve understanding of the problem of cost growth in weapon systems and our ability to control it. The report includes a DOS disk with the two types of analysis files that are part of the DSCPD, in Excel 5.0. There is also a version available for the Macintosh operating system.

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