A Prototype Strategy for Aircraft Development,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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The report examines the conditions that warrant the use of a prototype strategy in the development of military aircraft and evaluates some recent experience, here and abroad, that bears on the issue. A related theme, one more cleanly separable from the theory of prototype use than from its application, concerns the management approach that is most appropriate to a prototype strategy. The central thesis of the report is that in certain circumstances it is sensible to build and fly a prototype of an aircraft before finally deciding to produce it in quantity. The difficulty of deciding when to adopt a prototype strategy arises from the necessity of deciding a priori how substantial are the technological, mission assignment, or source-selection risks.
- Administration and Management
- Economics and Cost Analysis