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Report of Defense Science Board Task Force on Transition of Weapons Systems from Development to Production
DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC
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The objective of this report is to provide recommendations that will lower the risk of transitioning weapon systems from design and development into production. The past years have witnessed a rapidly accelerating interest in upgrading the reliability and maintainability of the weapon systems, those already operational and those programmed for ultimate delivery to the services. Major reasons for this increase in interest include the length of the acquisition cycle, the unsatisfactory levels of effectiveness, and budget pressures to reduce the life cycle costs of new weapon systems. Yet, in spite of this interest, tangible improvement in the reliability and maintainability of products reaching the field continues to be an area of concern. And a major cause for this concern has been observed to be the failure to make the proper transition from design and development into production. The Defense Science Board DSB Task Force on Transition of Weapon Systems From Development to Production was established in June 1982 to identify the fundamentals of low risk design and manufacturing processes. These fundamentals were to include not only the technical aspects of the design and manufacturing processes but also some of the key funding and managerial issues.
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