An Analysis of Current Survivability Policies and Procedures Which Impact the System Acquisition Process.
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DEFENSE SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT SCHOOL FORT BELVOIR VA
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The rising cost of weapon system procurement and the significant increase in the magnitude and quality of the threat, requires increasing emphasis on weapon system survivability. Survivability is an essential element of combat effectiveness and must be considered throughout the total life cycle to ensure that weapons systems can continue to meet the changing threat. Significant survivability benefits can be achieved for little or no penalties if survivability is considered in the initial formulation of the systems concept and systematically carried through the design and development program. This report provides some essential elements a Project Manager should consider in establishing an aircraft survivability program. Specific tasks necessary for a systematic systems survivability program are identified, along with examples of detailed technical requirements. Army, Navy and Air Force survivability policies, as depicted in current regulations and instructions, are described and it is concluded that they are adequate. However, these policies have not been consistently applied to all weapons systems and it is recommended that DOD focus increased management attention on this area.
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