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United States Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition

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The Militarily critical technologies list ( serial )
in English and held by 299 libraries worldwide
An evolutionary approach to space launch commercialization by Brian G Chow( Book )
5 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 171 libraries worldwide
This study classifies launch contracts into three types: government (GLs), commercial (CLs) and commercial-like launches (CLLs). Contrary to a view that GLs are more reliable, it found that the launch reliabilities under all three types cannot be considered statistically different with 95 percent confidence. An analytic approach was developed to determine whether a particular government launch program should be procured commercially. The study recommends an evolutionary approach to space launch commercialization, starting with small launchers and then medium-lift launchers such as the Deltas and Atlases. Whether the Titan IVs should be commercialized in the future depends on how well the commercialization of medium-lift launchers fares. The study also recommends that the Department of Defense concentrate its new launcher development on the most commercially relevant range, which is the capability to lift 10,000 to 50,000 pounds of payload into low earth orbits. Other recommendations are related to the deletion of undesirable contract features and steps to strengthen launch competitiveness
Reconstituting a production capability : past experience, restart criteria, and suggested policies ( Book )
3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 165 libraries worldwide
This report evaluates the feasibility of restarting weapon system production lines in response to a resurgent major threat and suggests steps that might be taken at shutdown to ease restart. The cost and schedule advantages of restart relative to new-system production are quantified. Criteria are identified for deciding which systems ought to be regarded as candidates for restart, and the application of the criteria is illustrated
Catalog by Defense Acquisition University (U.S.)( serial )
in English and held by 164 libraries worldwide
Career opportunities in the defense acquisition workforce ( Book )
2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 162 libraries worldwide
Generating tritium using civilian reactors : a preliminary evaluation of alternative concepts by Kenneth A Solomon( Book )
5 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 154 libraries worldwide
Estimating a research and development price index by M Shires( Book )
3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 153 libraries worldwide
This document describes the development of an alternative price deflator that would more appropriately reflect the actual changes in prices in the research and development (R & D) process. The objective is to identify those sectors of the economy where R & D occurs and to identify the price changes that occur within those sectors. This process is accomplished with detailed information describing the component sectors of R & D activity published by the Institute for Defense Analysis. This information is then coupled with the changes in prices reflected in those specific industries or, when specific data were not available, the nearest available proxy. In the case of one major component, several proxies are used to test the sensitivity of the result to the proxies used. This information is then aggregated into a set of composite R & D deflators for each branch of the service and composite R & D deflators for overall defense R & D expenditures. The results of this process are surprising. The resultant R & D indices closely parallel the Gross National Product (GNP) deflator. There is some variability in the series, however, depending upon which proxies are used. The overall result is that the price series derived herein for R & D expenditures are generally close enough to the GNP deflator that, in the interests of parsimony, and subject to the caveats specified in this analysis, the GNP deflator is a reasonable index to use to value out-year research and development expenditures
Developing improved deflators for defense research and development by Charles Wolf( Book )
3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 151 libraries worldwide
This report considers both the theory and practice of allowing for prospective inflation in multiyear defense research and development programs. It reviews and analyzes current and prior methods of deflating out-year R & D spending in the United States, and, more briefly, in the United Kingdom and Japan and in two high-technology firms in the U.S. private sector. As defense budget constraints become increasingly tight, the share of R & D in the budget is likely to remain constant or perhaps even increase. At the same time, the absolute size of defense R & D will decrease, and the defense share in total government R & D will continue to decline. The problem of estimating expected inflation in the out-year costs of defense R & D programs is important because most of these programs extend over several years. Consequently, if future inflation in R & D costs is misestimated, R & D budgets will either be squeezed, if actual costs exceed those allowed for in budget planning, or excessive, if actual costs fall short of R & D projected for future years
Report of Defense Science Board Task Force on Defense Semiconductor Dependency by United States( Book )
3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 146 libraries worldwide
The transformation of the European defense industry : emerging trends and prospects for future U.S.--European competition and collaboration by James Steinberg( Book )
2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 136 libraries worldwide
Over the past five years, the European defense industry has undergone a dramatic restructuring. Economic forces and government policies have led to substantial industrial consolidation and the development of extensive transnational ties. Although there have been a number of efforts to promote transatlantic collaboration, most of the consolidation has taken place within and among European defense firms. Despite some efforts by national governments and such organizations as the Independent European Program Group and NATO to promote competition, there is a distinct trend toward national and transnational monopolies. Shrinking defense budgets have accentuated concerns about preserving defense industrial base, increasing the pressure for protectionism. Achieving the economic and political benefits of transatlantic collaboration and a competitive market will require more sustained U.S. and European government efforts to promote open access, eliminate trade barriers, and encourage industry-initiated transatlantic teaming
Database technology activities and assessment for Defense Modeling and Simulation Office (DMSO), August 1991-November 1992 : a documented briefing by Iris Kameny( Book )
4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 131 libraries worldwide
This document consolidates the findings of the Defense Modeling and Simulation Office (DMSO) Data Base Technology Working Group (DBTWG) and the Information/Data Base (I/DB) Task Group over the period from August 1991 - November 1992 in supporting DMSO in promoting the interoperability, sharing, and reuse of databases and models throughout the Modeling and Simulation (M & S) community. It is based on a Working Draft written in August 1992 to accompany a briefing on Database Technology Assessment for Modeling and Simulation given to the Defense Science Board Summer Study on 11 August 1992. Appendices containing the agenda and notes of four I/DB Task Group meetings and an I/DB Task Group statement of objectives have been included. The DoD Corporate Information Management (CIM) initiative is addressing many of the data related needs of the M & S community but not being addressed by CIM are: complex data; data verification, validation, and accreditation; an index system for accessing DoD M & S databases and models and simulations; standards for nomenclature and icons; and addressing security issues pertaining to M & S data
Domestic implementation of a chemical weapons treaty by Jerome Aroesty( Book )
3 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 119 libraries worldwide
To determine the effects on and the role of industry in the event of implementation of a chemical weapons treaty, this report analyzes the way in which the proposed treaty can mesh with the U.S. regulatory system, examines whether and how existing reporting and inspection requirements or regulations can be used to facilitate domestic implementation, studies the domestic implementation procedures and experience gained from the U.S.-International Atomic Energy Agency Safeguards Agreement, and develops some general observations and recommendations pertaining to legislative and regulatory approaches to U.S. treaty implementation. The authors describe the background of the present chemical arms control system and summarize the U.S. Draft Convention; list the specific chemicals that are included in either the U.S. Draft or the Rolling text and indicate the chemical-specific provisions; review the major regulations that are relevant to treaty chemicals and consider how databases associated with these regulations can be used for treaty compliance; identify producers of certain treaty chemicals and present case studies on two such chemicals; review and analyze the most pertinent arms control precedent for the type of domestic implementation scheme envisioned under the Chemical Weapons Convention
An analysis of weapon system acquisition schedules by Jeffrey A Drezner( Book )
4 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 107 libraries worldwide
The time required to divine and develop a new weapon system is an important element of the overall acquisition process. This study identifies the major factors controlling the pace of typical weapon acquisition programs and suggests reforms that may yield overall benefits through reduction of typical development time. Results of the analysis show that, although there are large variations in the duration of programs in each decade, the time to design and develop programs has apparently lengthened. There is no single, narrowly focused policy option that would reduce the length of the acquisition cycle. Rather, coordination of several different initiatives involving the cooperation of Department of Defense agencies and Congress is necessary. The authors found no strong association among the length of the plan, the factors affecting the plan, and the actual schedule outcome, suggesting that programs with fairly short plans can, in some circumstances, have successful schedule outcomes
The nature and role of prototyping in weapon system development by Jeffrey A Drezner( Book )
2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 106 libraries worldwide
As part of a research effort to identify and analyze the range of system and subsystem prototyping strategies available to the Department of Defense and appropriate to the acquisition environment of the late 1980s and 1990s, this report examines the general nature of prototyping, develops an analytical framework for thinking about prototyping in weapon system development, and analyzes past and present prototyping programs within this framework. This analysis suggests that program-specific characteristics and the characteristics of the acquisition environment vary so widely that no generic criteria are apparent for determining whether or not to prototype or the kind of prototyping strategy to pursue. Thus, it is neither possible nor desirable to develop a set of firm decision rules. In the end, there is no substitute for informed judgment made by experienced managers and engineers
An assessment of alternative transport for future mobility planning by Myron Hura( Book )
3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 104 libraries worldwide
With the end of the Cold War and growing pressure to reduce the budget deficit, DoD mobility programs will probably face sharp fiscal constraints. Yet the ability to project forces to distant places remains central to U.S. national security. This work identifies preferred alternatives (airlift, prepositioning, and sealift) to augment the projected FY 1999 capabilities of existing mobility programs. The work is focused on capabilities for deploying combat unit equipment and support. Because future deployments are uncertain, the work presents alternative strategies for planning future mobility programs. Choosing confidently among the various strategies will require in-depth analysis of future threats to U.S. national interest and of planned DoD responses to those threats. Until such analysis is completed, the authors suggest that initial investments be made to modestly improve the capabilities of existing mobility programs
Generalizing concepts and methods of verification, validation, and accreditation (VV & A) for military simulations by Paul K Davis( Book )
2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 104 libraries worldwide
This study on verification, validation, and accreditation (VV & A) seeks, for military models and simulations, to (1) provide a simple and realistic framework for modelers, analysts, managers, and recipients of analysis; (2) address important complications that have received too little attention in the past (e.g., evaluation of knowledge-based models such as those representing command-and-control decisions and other behaviors); and (3) discuss how modern model-building technology is changing the way we should develop models and conduct VV & A. The study illustrates many of its suggestions about VV & A with specific examples of language that might be used in reports and accreditation reviews. It sketches elements of advanced modeling and analysis environments that would make such work easier
A Preliminary perspective on regulatory activities and effects in weapons acquisition ( Book )
3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 100 libraries worldwide
Many managers and executives responsible for weapons acquisition, both in industry and the Department of Defense, argue that regulations are inhibiting the timely and economical development of weapon systems. This report presents quantitative analyses of the effects of regulations and controls on management practices and overall outcomes of weapons acquisition projects. The authors conclude that, on the basis of currently available information, it is not possible to correlate regulatory activity and program outcomes--no cause- and-effect relationships can be inferred. Keywords: Procurement; Acquisition; Regulations; Department of Defense; Weapon systems; Management; Munitions industry. (SDW)
Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on aircraft assessment by United States( Book )
3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
Defense acquisition management documentation and reports by United States( Book )
3 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
Engineering in the manufacturing process by United States( Book )
3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
This report presents the recommendations of the Defense Science Board (DSB) Summer Study Task Force on Engineering in the Manufacturing Process. The terms of reference (TOR) for this Task Force represent a logical continuation of DSB manufacturing studies performed in prior years, particularly in the areas of integrated product and process development (IPPD)2and dual-use-manufacturing. In this study, however, the primary focus is on Science and Technology (S&T) and the application of IPPD and dual-use concepts even earlier than previous studies have recommended. During its study, the Task Force addressed engineering and manufacturing management and technology approaches that can be used to achieve a better product and process balance in the S&T phase, which precedes the formal acquisition process, and that result in both unit production and total life cycle cost reduction. It chose S&T "exit criteria" and metrics as the means to demonstrate process as well as performance capability during the S&T phase and to reduce downstream acquisition risks. The Task Force also examined a key enabler of IPPD and manufacturing enterprise control-advanced modeling and simulation technology. The work in this area by this Task Force relates to the work of another DSB Summer Study that specifically addressed simulation, the Readiness, Simulation, and Prototyping Task Force. The expanded use of best commercial products, practices, and manufacturing capabilities was also considered as an additional way to meet the Department of Defense (DOD) future needs for rapid transition to production and economic low-volume manufacturing. As a result of its deliberations, the Task Force developed specific recommendations for experiments to be conducted within S&T Advanced Technology Demonstrations (ATDs) to validate the benefits of the new recommended approaches to S&T contained in this report
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