THE DESIGNER'S IMPACT ON LOGISTICS,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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Conclusions An effective governmentindustry partnership requires the clear definition of logistics requirements by the customer, so that the designer can realistically meet them. These requirements must be consistent with feasibility. They must be reasonable and must not call for breakthroughs when the contract is not meant for such breakthroughs. If the nature of the contract is in essence an applications engineering contract--that is, building to a requirement from off-the-shelf items-then the performance objective must reflect this. The logistics and manufacturing requirements must reflect this also. The logistics managers responsibility should lead to his direct contact with equipment designers and not just with system engineers whose task it is to define system concepts.