Accession Number : ADA258264


Title :   Life-Cycle Costs of Alternative ICBM Second Stage Designs


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS


Personal Author(s) : Joyce, Brian D ; Poppert, Patrick E


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a258264.pdf


Report Date : Sep 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 179


Abstract : The purpose of this study was twofold. The primary objective of our research was to develop and report life-cycle cost estimates for new second stage ICBM booster designs to Phillips Laboratory. Our second objective (perhaps of equal or greater importance as the first), was to provide the users of these estimates with a taste of what exactly is involved in life-cycle costs, the cost estimating process, and factors that influence these items. Life-cycle cost estimates were requested to supplement separate engineering and research efforts of both Phillips Laboratory and graduate students at the School of Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology. These parallel, yet independent efforts were aimed at the same objective: enhancing our ballistic missile technology base by addressing the anticipated need for modernization of an aging Minuteman III ICMB fleet. Our involvement in these efforts included extensive review of life-cycle cost and cost modeling literature; interviews with government cost analysis experts; identification and evaluation of existing cost models for suitability; and, processing of selected Phillips Laboratory and AFIT engineering booster design parameters to arrive at our estimates.


Descriptors :   *GUIDED MISSILES , *COST ESTIMATES , *LIFE CYCLE COSTS , THESES , COST MODELS


Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Guided Missiles


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE