Accession Number : AD1009195


Title :   U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Procurement Lessons Impacts on the Offshore Patrol Cutter Program Affordability


Descriptive Note : Technical Report


Corporate Author : Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States


Personal Author(s) : Philpott,Barton L ; Weber,Matthew G


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1009195.pdf


Report Date : 01 Dec 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 87


Abstract : The U.S. Coast Guards upcoming acquisition of the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) offers many opportunities to leverage recent procurement lessons to achieve the programs affordability requirement of $310 million per hull. We explore the question of how lessons learned from the National Security Cutter (NSC) and Fast Response Cutter (FRC) procurement programs were applied to the OPC acquisition strategy to achieve affordability. We examine procurement lessons addressing management reforms, best practices in competition, contract structure, multiyear procurement, requirements generation, and test and evaluation. We employ a cost estimation model developed by Jeffrey Lineberry and first advanced in his 2012 work Estimating Production Costs While Linking Combat Systems and Ship Design. We validate the Coast Guards OPC cost requirement of $310 million per hull using notional design data. We further illustrate the impact that varying specific design characteristics (speed, personnel, and length/beam) have on ship production cost. Finally, we conclude that the U.S. Coast Guard has successfully incorporated lessons from the NSC and FRC procurement programs into the OPC acquisition strategy, and we present a trade-off analysis that program managers may use in future source selection processes.


Descriptors :   procurement , Coast Guard , COST ESTIMATES , COST ANALYSIS , LIFE CYCLE COSTS , SHIPBUILDING , CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION , HOMELAND SECURITY , LESSONS LEARNED , PROGRAM MANAGEMENT , strategy


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE