Managing O and S Costs: A Framework to Consider
NAVAIR Systems Command NAS Patuxent River United States
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For most weapon system program management offices PMOs, dealing with cost, schedule, and technical trade-offs is a way of life. Although research, development, test and evaluation, and procurement costs tend to garner the attention, 60 to 70 percent of a weapon systems life cycle costs are associated with day-to-day operations and support O and S costs.Therefore, in todays austere budget environment, it should also come as no surprise that a weapon systems day-to-day O and S costs are a major focus area for DoD acquisition program managers as one way to achieve cost efficiency.