Accession Number : ADA259447


Title :   An Investigation of Integrated Weapon System Management Implementation Issues


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,


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


Personal Author(s) : Dalrymple, Scott A ; Pietraszuk, Lester F


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a259447.pdf


Report Date : Sep 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 182


Abstract : This thesis investigated Integrated Weapon System Management implementation issues. Five functional areas were examined: Contracting, Engineering, Financial management, Program Management, and Test Management. Data was collected through interviews. The most significant lessons learned were to establish a direct chain of command and to use TQM principles. Program business practices were changed by increasing Product Center/ALC interaction and implementing a single joint CCB. Program personnel obtained useful guidance from other IWSM programs and from the information products distributed by HQ AFMC. Communication improvements included increased teleconference capability and establishment of a Local Area Network. Cultural differences between centers, insufficient initial guidance, and rice bowl mentalities were the most significant hurdles encountered. An examination of specific functional areas revealed that: Contracting officers may expect opportunities to improve contract management; financial managers need to provide increased funding visibility to the single manager; and program managers should expect to change their approach to system life-cycle management.... Air Force Materiel Command/Merger, Integrated weapon system management, IWSM, Single manager, Air Force systems command, Air Force logistics command.


Descriptors :   *WEAPON SYSTEMS , *SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT , TEST AND EVALUATION , MATERIEL , INTEGRATED SYSTEMS , LESSONS LEARNED , THESES , LOGISTICS , INTERVIEWING , AIR FORCE SYSTEMS COMMAND , AIR FORCE LOGISTICS COMMAND , TEST MANAGEMENT , PERSONNEL , SURVEYS , CONTRACTS , MANAGEMENT , FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT , LOCAL AREA NETWORKS


Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE