The Enforcer Aircraft Program: A Lower-Cost Alternative Weapon System.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This research concerns a close air support weapon system known as the Enforcer aircraft. This system was first introduced to the military services from outside the formal competitive channels addressed in the procurement regulations. Although there is no specific operational requirement for an Enforcer type aircraft, it remains under consideration as a lower-cost alternative close support system in the so-called highlow mix acquisition strategy. The research analyzes the progress, to date, of the Enforcer as a system moving through the stages of the defense systems acquisition process. Emphasis is placed on the differing roles of the Enforcers participants in that process. There is a detailed critical examination of an Air Force Enforcer cost effectiveness analysis and of the models used in that analysis. Conclusions and recommendations arising from the study are included, especially as they related to the expected defense acquisition environment in the latter half of the eighties. Author
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