Accession Number : ADA259928
Title : How CALS Can Improve the DoD Weapon System Acquisition Process
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT INST BETHESDA MD
Personal Author(s) : Clark, Philip W ; Kelley, Gerald T ; Modrowski, Richard W
Report Date : Nov 1992
Pagination or Media Count : 184
Abstract : Since 1988, DoD has required use of Computer-aided Acquisition and Logistics Support acquisitions and for existing weapon system programs, where cost-effective. We identify the DoD acquisition processes with the highest potential payoff from CALS applications and estimate related DoD workload reductions. We also identify implementation actions and necessary policy or standards changes required to implement selected CALS applications. We conservatively estimate that a DoD acquisition program for a typical weapon system will save more than 1,000 workweeks (19.4 workyears) of DoD effort and over 1,250 calendar weeks among the individual, and often concurrent, acquisition tasks. We anticipate the highest CALS payoffs in the engineering and configuration management, test and evaluation, and manufacturing functions during the demonstration and validation and the engineering and manufacturing development acquisition phases. We conservatively estimate that nine proposed CALS applications in four functional areas will save over $165 million annually DoD-wide. The technology and standards needed to implement CALS throughout DoD is available, but DoD needs to modernize its infrastructure and obtain functional manager support for streamlined business processes before it can achieve most of those savings.
Descriptors : *LOGISTICS SUPPORT , *DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , *WEAPON SYSTEMS , *MILITARY PROCUREMENT , TEST AND EVALUATION , MANUFACTURING , MANAGEMENT , VALIDATION , COMPUTERS , ESTIMATES , CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT , SAVINGS , WORKLOAD , STANDARDS , LOGISTICS , CONFIGURATIONS , ENGINEERING , COSTS , CONCURRENT ENGINEERING , SPECIFICATIONS , DEMONSTRATIONS , COST EFFECTIVENESS , ACQUISITION , POLICIES , WEAPONS
Subject Categories : Administration and Management
Computer Programming and Software
Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE