Acquisition Management of Common Avionics in the United States Air Force.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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The thesis presents an empirical analysis of issues associated with Air Force acquisition management of common avionics equipment. The USAF procurement history of three common avionics systems the UHF radio, TACAN, and VORILS is used to identify and validate problems. Non-availability of suitable equipment, high cost, operations and support, procurement, and development problems plague the USAF in the common avionics area. Examination of data indicated that decentralized management has resulted in administrative inefficiency and inhibited procurement planning. Non-competitive buying has frequently resulted in costs two to three times higher than if competition had been used. A lack of standard requirements hinders attempts to provide intercahngeability of equipment. Because of these findings, it is recommended that common avionics management responsibilities be centralized. Increased use of competitive procurements should insure that the government obtains equipment at a reasonable price.
- Administration and Management
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies